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Eat Clean

We here this buzz phrase a lot these days but what does it mean?

Eating clean means eating as close to nature as possible. It also means being clean in caring for and raising animals and crops. In other words, if it has a bar code it might not be close to nature. If it comes in a box it may not be close to nature. If it is made in a plant it may not be natural. If it has been fried it is not clean. Chances are if you receive it through your car window it certainly is not clean. Really, can you believe people want to eat Dirty food! Those are obvious ways to know if a food is clean or not. But somethings are a little more deceiving. Is your chicken full of hormones and chemicals? Is your milk full of growth hormone that is possibly causing our girls to enter puberty so young? Is your beef full of dyes, chemicals and have they been forced fed? Are your fruits and vegetables clean from chemicals and pesticides?

Even though our summer is going fast we still have lots of abundance of summer produce at the farmer’s markets. The Environmental Worker Group, , is an organization that works hard to help ensure that our food and products are safe. They also keep a count of the thousands of new chemicals and pesticides that enter our food supply every year.

I know it is more expensive to eat organic, but your health is really worth it!! There are some things that are better than others if you do not buy organic. The EWG has created a list of the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen. I want to share it with you. The clean fifteen are foods that tend to have less pesticides and herbicides.

The Clean 15

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Asparagus
  7. Mangos
  8. Papayas
  9. Kiwi
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honey dew melon
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Sweet peas
  15. Cauliflower

They also created the dirty dozen list. These are foods that are truly worth the extra to buy organic.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomato
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomato
  12. Cucumber

Keep this list in your shopping bag to try and shop wisely to eat clean!!

Another great source for clean product is This is a market place of healthy items at great prices delivered to your door! I find a few organic things at Costco, like organic coconut oil, but Thrive Market has great choices and is so convenient.