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The Dirty Dozen

A goal of the new year is to get back to healthier eating. We’ve always done pretty good but I’ve gotten lazy and also bored with our tried and true recipes. Nothing sounds appealing anymore. My mission is to come up with some new recipes or revamp our existing goodies.

To start I researched the foods we should and shouldn’t be eating. We’ve never fully gone organic but I need to be more conscious of what goes into our bodies. Below is a list of the Dirty Dozen; the list of produce that should be avoided unless grown organically. Pesticides and herbicides are toxic and can’t just be rinsed off.
• Celery- with no skin to protect it, celery is one of the most contaminated veggies out there
• Peaches- it’s skin get sprayed with pesticides to keep insects away
• Strawberries
• Apples
• Blueberries
• Nectarines
• Bell Peppers
• Spinach
• Kale
• Cherries
• Potatoes
• Grapes (Imported)

Local farms, farm stands, farmers markets and things like that are your best bet. While most farms and orchards are certified organic many of them utilize the same practices. The certification process is expensive but just ask questions. Farm to table is the healthiest, freshest and usually tastiest way to eat.


  1. But the dirty dozen includes most of my faves! 🙁

  2. This is why buying at the Farmer’s Market is best. Plus, the fruits and vegetables are grown locally. But then this morning my hubby asked me to buy more fruit at the grocery store today. The Farmer’s Market has mostly citrus right now because it is winter season. So, the alternative is to buy fruit from Chile where the fruit is not grown organically. It’s so important to me to eat health well, but it isn’t easy.

    • i remember over the summer I was furious at the grocery store because I wanted oranges and they were all from South Africa, I refused to buy them.

  3. I’m hoping to come up with some new good recipes too, My husband is so picky. I’m just going to have to cook healthy and he can eat or not eat. Spinich is something I’m going to try and make more of. Good luck eating healthier in the new year you guys!

  4. Same here! I am committed to being fit at 40!

    I’ve thrown out so much junk food and candy so we can get back to eating right. I try to buy organic produce but sometimes it just doesn’t fit the budget. We always buy organic eggs, milk and other dairy products though.

  5. I always knew my not eating fruit would benefit me. No fruit equals no pesticides for me.

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