12 Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic

12 Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organicby Sherrell Dorsey of Organic Beauty Vixen

Each time I make a trip to the grocery store I test myself on how to make a meal for the week that’s fresh, healthy and organic without spending over $20 per week. Sometimes, I simply can’t make it to Trader Joe’s so I’ve been at the neighborhood grocery store, which is Red Apple, and not to mention has a pretty appalling produce section. However, there are a few organic items, a great selection of Odwalla drinks and plenty of seafood.

Save money, time and confusion by spending only on organics that are a necessity. The rest of these puppies aren’t as laden with pesticides (based on a research study done by the Environmental Working Group that you can check out here) and if you wash them thoroughly (try this great green wash I use to clean my fruit and veggies here) you’ll reduce your exposure.

Now, I still recommend that you buy organic whenever you can and when your budget will allow, but if you’re stretching those dollars (like most of us are) know that you can refrain from freaking out about the following…

  • Pinneaples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Sweet Potatos
  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Watermelon
Download the EWG’s shoppers guide to have along with you when you shop. I totally just got played and definitely paid a little too much for my organic cabbage and asparagus (but hey it was on sale so I don’t really feel that bad). Maybe I’ll start an organic food grocery challenge and see how much healthy and organic foods people can buy under $20 each week.

Here’s some additional info you may want to check out:

Foods You Should Always Buy Organic

Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating OrganicBeautyVixen.com, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site TypeF.com, Jones Magazine, MySalonScoop.com and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at www.twitter.com/organicvixen and connect with her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OBVMedia