Our family has really been trying to make positive changes in our lives. One of those being to eat organic. For those of you that don’t know, this is the guide we use for buying produce.
The Dirty Dozen
- Apples (this includes apple juice and apple sauce)
- Berries (strawberries and blueberries included)
- Peppers (all kinds)
- Snap peas
These are the chosen dozen that should be bought organic. Mainly because the heavy use of chemicals and pesticides. I know a lot of us can’t always buy all produce organic, so here’s the next group:
The Clean Fifteen
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes
While non-organic versions of these listed above still contain pesticides, most of it is on the outside or the “peeled back” layer, thus leaving the actual edible part less harmful.
It is very important to care about the amount of chemicals and pesticides you put in your children’s bodies. A non-profit organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) points out that, “there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods such as fetal development and childhood”.
That being said, I have a recipe for an all natural veggie wash! I’ve tried a couple other ones, and this one seems to work the best!
Things you will need:
- 4 oz. bottle/container (I bought mine off Amazon! Score!)
- Vinegar (I prefer apple cider)
- Warm water
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
- Fill a little less than 2/3 of the bottle with warm water.
- Fill a little less than 1/3 with vinegar.
- Add essential oil, shake and VUALA!
How to use:
- Evenly spray the produce.
- Rub down for about a minute.
- Rinse off, and enjoy!
*You can use this on both non-organic and organic produce.