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Eat the Colors of the Rainbow
Here are some suggestions, but there are many more…
Red: Apples, Strawberries, Cherries, Radishes, Pomegranates, Beets, Peppers, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Goji Berries, Blood Oranges
Yellow: Apples, Grapes, Squash, Peppers, Corn, Cherries, Bananas, Spaghetti Squash, Grapefruit
Pink: Raspberries, Pink Grapefruit
Green: Kiwi, Honeydew, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Green Beans, Asparagus, Avocado, Grapes, Apples, Artichokes, Pears, Zucchini, Lettuce
Purple: Grapes, Blackberries, Acai Juice, Plums, Raisins, Eggplant
Orange: Oranges, Apricots, Persimmons, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Yams, Mango, Papaya, Peaches, Acorn Squash, Nectarines, Clementines
Blue: Blueberries, Blackberries
In an ideal world, I’d like everyone to eat an organic rainbow of fruits and veggies. But I hear you — this is not an ideal world, and organic doesn’t come cheap!
If organic is possible, use this “cheat sheet” developed by the Environmental Working Group. It lists the “Dirty Dozen” — fruits and veggies that are LOADED with pesticides (avoid, or buy organic) and the “Clean Fifteen” — fruits and veggies with the least pesticide residue (ok to buy regular). So if organic foods are going to break the bank, stick with the Clean Fifteen!
Recent tests have shown that avoiding the “Dirty Dozen” can reduce your pesticide exposure from fruits and veggies by nearly 80%! That’s no joke sweeties! Choose organic when you can!
Peaches (highest pesticide load)
Pears (lowest pesticide load)