Sure, there’s the Dirty Dozen Plus,™ including apples and strawberries and those items that have been found to contain the highest levels of pesticides*, but are those really the fruits and veggies that should be at the top of your “Do or Die” organic list?
In a word, yes. It’s important to keep those high-level foods in mind, but it’s not quite that cut and dry. Grapes made the dirty list, but if you only eat grapes once every few months, you may not need to worry so much about them. On the other hand, if you’re eating asparagus or mangos every day in your lunch, you should consider springing for organic varieties even though they are stars of the Clean Fifteen™.
The point? The most important food for YOU to invest your organic budget in is the one YOU eat most frequently.
For us, walnuts are at the top of the list. That jar in the image above? Walnuts and cranberries. I pass them through the food processor and my husband uses them on his oatmeal every morning. Every. Single. Morning. For five years and counting! And he uses a lot. I fill that jar more than once a week. It costs us a fortune, but with all the health benefits of walnuts and oats, I can’t really complain.
So, since they play such a big role in his diet, I’ve been looking for a good organic supplier. The oats were easy – we get those from a local Amish bulk store. The walnuts took a little more searching, but now we’ve found SunRidge Farms. They sent us some samples, and we were hooked. In addition to having great quality in taste and texture, just about everything we want to see on a label was there, too:
I, myself, am not a fan of walnuts, but I did see the benefits of snacking on almonds first hand when I had gestational diabetes (twice!) I know they help control my blood sugar, so I was glad to see that SunRidge Farms offers them, too. Here’s a list of what we’re snacking on and why:
Organic Walnuts USDA-certified organic and a wonderful natural source of Vitamin E and essential minerals copper and manganese.
Organic Almonds Full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and copious amounts of Vitamin E, potassium and magnesium.
Pistachios A lower-calorie option among most nuts. They contain significant amounts of protein, fiber, Vitamin B6 & B1 and magnesium.
Tamari Roasted Almonds All natural, non-GMO almonds that are freshly roasted in-house in small batches, and then coated in mouth-watering, savory, tamari shoyu.
All of SunRidge Farms products are not only great for you, but are also great for the environment! Conveniently packed in re-sealable, BPA-free packaging, each snack is produced in their recently expanded solar-powered manufacturing facility. To learn more and see their entire selection of organic and non-GMO products , please check out SunRidgeFarms.com.