Organic on a Budget

We’re so lucky! It’s getting easier and easier to find healthy food. Even mainstream stores like Von’s and Ralph’s are jumping onto the organic fruit cart. Unfortunately, all these choices have yet to make prices fall. How can we make our food budget go farther and still stick to our goals for a healthy diet?
By focusing on “foods that are laden with the highest amounts of pesticides, chemicals, additives and hormones,” this article over at MSNcan help you determine the safest place to draw the line between health and budget. “The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Foods You Should Eat Organic.”

Read the original article for detailed explanations of why each of these foods make the list. The photos are great and it’s an interesting read — who knew that strawberries receive a dose of up to 500 pounds of pesticides per acre? But if you’re short on time here’s the “Must Know Info.”

Top 12 Foods to Buy Organic:
Meat, Dairy, Peaches, Coffee, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Strawberries, Lettuces, Grapes, Potatoes, Tomatoes

Can’t find organic?
Safe Fruit Alternatives: watermelon, bananas, tangerines, oranges, blueberries, kiwi, raspberries, and pineapples.
Safe Veggie Alternatives: Cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, eggplant, and earthy mushrooms, green peas, broccoli, and asparagus.

Want more? Don’t miss this article over at The Daily Green about the Top Ten Foods you DON’T need to buy organic.

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