Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 Cheat Sheet

In an effort to get back into the healthy eating groove, I have recently been making an effort to buy and serve more organic foods to my family. I have even considered taking online college classes to learn more about nutrition. I'll admit that I have been a bit overwhelmed by all the organic things that there are; I mean, do you really need organic junk food?

After reading tons of books and articles about organic eating, I have come to the conclusion that some foods really do taste better when they are organic & I can't tell a difference with others.  I have also noticed that foods taste better when they are in season. 

Things that I think are better when they are organic:

* all lettuce & spinach
* carrots
* apples
* all berries
* peaches 
* champagne grapes (they are soooo sweet!)
* bell peppers (the green ones are gross either way)
* tomatoes (homegrown = best food ever!)

Things I can't tell the difference between organic and non organic:

* any kind of potatoes
* bananas
* avocados
* onions
* broccoli & cauliflower
* all citrus varieties
* kiwis
* corn
* pineapple
* watermelon (small varieties are sweetest when in season)
* most squash varieties

Eventually it gets easier to know what to buy organic & what you don't have to worry about so much. In the mean time I found this cool Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 Cheat Sheet over on Balancing Beauty & Bedlam that I wanted to share with everyone:

Feel free to print it up and take it with you next time you go shopping to help you decide what organic foods to try!

What foods do you love to eat organic & which ones can you not tell the difference with?



  1. This is a great cheat sheet, thank you for sharing it! I'm going to print it out and use it. I like to buy organic when I can but knowing this will help me make better decisions as to what I do buy organic. Thank you again!

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  2. I feel like I can almost always tell when I'm eating something organic, it's just more fresh! We're huge fans of the fruits around my house though. Thanks for sharing the cheat sheet, it's very helpful!

  3. Thanks for the cheat sheet, it's great. I really don't do organic much in the winter. Our local farmers market is only open on Saturdays and is a bit far without a car. But I will definitely down load this and keep it for future visits. Thanks

  4. Thanks for the cheat sheet! I have a hard time deciding when to buy organic and non organic produce!

  5. Thank you! I am printing off this sheet :-)

  6. Thanks for the cheat sheet. The only thing that I really am absolutely particular to buy organic is apples (at least with the items I buy for my children, I know there are other things that really should only be eaten organic)

    ~Seraphina S.

  7. We find that it also makes a difference in which grocery store we shop at in determining quality of fresh foods

  8. Thanks for posting! This will help a bunch.