Hi guys. In the spirit of Organic September I thought I’d create a post to help those of you that may feel daunted by the idea of going organic but want to. The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen is a list of the most and least pesticide laden fruit and veg out there. Using these lists makes going organic more manageable by prioritising what you should always get organic and what you can buy almost blindly LOL.

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For the record I don’t eat everything organic – I’m still working on it myself. In a way I think I’m making this post as a self reminder to get back on track lol.

So here it is the DIRTY DOZEN!

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The Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries (as if they aren’t already expensive, you need to now get them organic but they usually taste better organic and don’t have a nasty coating of hairspray over them 🙂 )
  2. Spinach (my favourite dark leafy green)
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples (I often have to get these organic because I always use Granny Smith green apples in my Green Smoothie)
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery (I sometimes add celery to my Green Smoothie too so I have to make sure to get these organic)
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes (Whyyyyyy God? Whyyyyy?!)

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Dr.Axe’s website has a great breakdown on why its important to get each of these organic.

The Clean Fifteen

Now for the things that you don’t really have to think twice about before slam dunking them into your shopping basket. These are least likely to be drowned in pesticide.

  1. Sweet corn
  2. Avocados (you’re welcome Avocado lovers – check out my multi-tasking avocado mask )
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions (YESSS!)
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos (Helllll yeah)
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit (Read my post on grapefruit here)

 

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An easy way to use this list is to copy it into your notes on your phone and pull it up whilst you’re shopping. Orrr if you’re part of that organised minority group and create your shopping lists before you go shopping, mark the items that need to be organic in red.

You can also download a wallet guide from EWG for this which is really useful.

Always wash your fruit and veg

It’s important to remember to wash your fruit and veg thoroughly even if you buy organic.

Step away from the Fairy Liquid. That’s the crazy person’s way to wash your fruit. Instead grab some warm water and apple cider vinegar and soak your fruit for a minute.

Getting a clean nail brush that you designate to washing your food is a great way of scrubbing off any pesticides from your produce.

Even if you feel like you might not ever be able to go completely organic I think this is a good place to start and an important step to take.

I hope you all have an amazing Organic September!

 

Aliya xoxo

 

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