In our family we strive to eat organic whenever possible, but with stores charging a premium for organic goods, it’s challenging to buy these 100% of the time.
We have strategies to get around this, including prioritizing the “Dirty Dozen,” or buying organic for only the top fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue.
For example, did you know that apples rank #1 as the top food item with the most pesticides? Strawberries and grapes follow. Now I either buy these organic or replace them with items from the “Clean 15” list – the foods with the least amount of contaminates that you can focus on if your organic budget is limited.
In the last two years we’ve also joined a community organic garden where we grow our own produce chemical-free. Gardeners share their tips on how to make natural solutions to rid of bugs and other ailments that can affect the growth of the plants. Our participation here has helped us to not only save on our grocery bill, but also eat healthier while teaching our daughter about growing food.
In my most recent post for the parenting site MOMentum Nation, I offer tips to eat organic for less.
What are your tips for eating organic within a budget?
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