How many items in your shopping cart last week were organic?
Are you as guilty as I am when it comes to not obeying the Dirty Dozen list?
Even though Food Babe has a great case for always going organic along with an amazingly detailed post on how to eat organic on a budget, I will admit that I don’t make organic a priority for all of my groceries.
I really want you to read her entire post so rather than summarize snippets of it for you, click here.
I will though share with you today her handy Organic Food Priority List:
My giant containers of blueberries are never organic. And, some weeks I buy organic strawberries and some weeks I don’t.
Most of the time, my apples are not organic.
On occasion I buy the organic romaine lettuce but last week? I did not.
I don’t think an organic cucumber has ever been to my house.
My coffee is only organic if that box of K-Cups is on sale.
Chocolate? I don’t discriminate when it comes to chocolate. I will eat last year’s Halloween candy if the craving needs to be satisfied.
I do buy organic eggs, meat and poultry almost every time or, at the very least, I make sure the package says vegetarian fed without added hormones and antibiotics.
Click here for THE BEST link ever which fully explains in detail how to decode the labels on the egg cartons in order to understand the difference between cage-free, certified organic, free range etc.
So lately I just wonder: If I am only obeying the organic rules some of the time, is there any point to it at all?
If my blueberries aren’t organic but the strawberries are, should I feel guilty?
Is it the sort of thing where we can say you do what you can because every little bit helps?
I just can’t afford a strictly organic diet, not to mention, the shelf-life expired yesterday.
I already live in the grocery stores; if I were to purchase all organic, I would need to buy an apple a day just to ensure that I don’t have a bushel of rotten apples sitting on my counter.
I do what I can and I try not to stress the whole pesticides on and in my food because as much as I could let it bother me, they do say that the health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables even if they aren’t organic still outweighs not eating them at all.
Want to see my most recent shopping trip at Trader Joe’s?
- Chick Peas – because organic beans are only twenty cents more than non-organic
- Ketchup – price was good
- Diced tomatoes – cheap enough
- Tomato Paste - cheap
- Carrots – because they cost less than one dollar for a big bag and taste sweeter
- Brussels sprouts
- Non-Fat Greek Yogurt – not organic but is not treated with antibiotics/hormones
- Lite Shredded Mozzarella Cheese- not treated with antibiotics/hormones
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen berries
- Plum tomatoes
- Strawberries – the organic selection this week didn’t look as good as last week
And because we don’t need to worry about organic when it comes to produce with a thick skin we aren’t eating:
Should I feel bad that my pretty bowl of oatmeal with yogurt is loaded with ingredients that aren’t organic except for the sprinkle of Nature’s Path Organic Heritage Flakes?
I bet you are convinced I don’t own real silverware. I do, I just prefer my yogurt store spoons and my son’s little Bob The Builder spoon from when he was two because they are more fun.
I wish I could live only on Stonyfield Organic Greek but I can’t. It is just too pricey.
When I can’t get Stonyfield at a good price, I fill in with fat free greek yogurt tub from Trader Joe’s (in above photo) or even Fage which I can often get on sale.
I don’t buy Chobani as often unless I am desperate because I find the taste of their original the least desirable of all brands.
Not to mention Whole Foods stopped carrying Chobani because they contain GMO’s but GMO’s are another post altogether.
I am glad that sweet potatoes are not part of the Dirty Dozen list which means that pesticides don’t seem to penetrate the outer skin.
I once bought the organic sweet potatoes and they went bad within like 72 hours which really isn’t acceptable to me.
Love sweet potatoes in salads, even if the salad this week didn’t contain organic romaine lettuce.
And, you should know that I love roasting sweet potatoes with a drop of peanut butter although I think I love anything with a drop of peanut butter.
My peanut butter is not organic but it has all sorts of other happy messages and symbols so maybe that negates its non-organic nature.
Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan….
Even though I am a vegetarian, I still need to buy meat and poultry for my son.
I can’t always buy certified organic but I do ensure all meat and poultry is vegetarian fed as well as not treated with antibiotics or contain added hormones.
If I cannot locate the right packages in the store which will clearly tell me grass-fed, organic or free from added hormones and antibiotics, I won’t buy anything which actually happened to me this week when I went looking for another package of ground turkey.
I wanted to make more meatballs for my son like last week but Trader Joe’s was out of the right turkey, as was Whole Foods and Shop Rite.
Just a few minor changes to the recipe to work with what I had on hand:
In place of lentils I used organic chick peas because I already had them opened and I added some cooked (organic!) quinoa to go along with the black beans, corn (organic!) and refried beans.
Oh, and I did half cup of oat bran with a half cup of oat flour instead of just one full cup of the ground up oats.
They came out really tasty and hearty with a few left over to freeze for another time.
Even if I bought strictly organic for the house, I wouldn’t be able to adhere to an organic diet when dining out because I refuse to give up my favorite restaurants and desserts.
I don’t love cheesecake but I am pretty sure if you go in today for a half price slice and ask for Linda’s Fudge cake instead, they will honor it.
My son actually had the Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake in the picture above the other night and I sampled around the cheesecake parts so it was really good.
Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!
Do you have organic shopping rules you stick to every week?
Are you guilty of going by price rather than organic vs. non-organic?
Will you be going to The Cheesecake Factory later for your half-price slice?