The One Food You Should Always Buy Organic

One Food to Buy Organic
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.
Organic Walnuts

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:

Organic Walnuts

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






  1. Oh man, I am allergic to most nuts, so I can’t eat these. I tend to buy less organic than I would like though because it’s usually more expensive.
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  2. I was buying certain foods organic for awhile but it’s so expensive and living on 1 income it’s just not affordable for us.
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  3. We have a horrible organics section at my local grocery store.
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    • Oh, that stinks. Have you thought of shopping for organics online? I find a lot of what I need that way.

  4. I Love Walnuts Always Have & They Are Good For You Thanks For The Tips!!

  5. It is really hard to find real true organic around here but I do buy it when I find it
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  6. oh, now I want oatmeal to put walnuts atop!! I do buy organic whenever possible. we don’t eat out much so most of that savings goes toward our grocery bill. we’re fortunate that we have a big garden and can eat free produce almost all summer and we have gallons and gallons of blueberries frozen from the bushes we have :)

    • We love our garden, too, Brett. It saves us so much money, and has countless other benefits, like teaching the kids where real food comes from. I didn’t know you had blueberries! We try to add 10 bushes every year, and we hope to open a roadside stand someday!

  7. We love oatmeal! And I love walnuts, too, I wonder if I can get my kids to eat it in their oatmeal?

    I like mine crunchy with lots of stuff in it, but they like theirs creamy with not much in it other than spices and flax.
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  8. Thank you for the great suggestions on nuts. We don’t eat them very often, but I think that next time I get some, I will look for the organic. I know we tend to eat less Organic than we should – because the prices seem so much higher.
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  9. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    We snack on nuts every day. The hard part is knowing when to stop! I also love adding them to oatmeal

  10. I have really started to pay attention to articles about organic foods and ones that don’t have to be thanks for this info.
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  11. I knew there were health-benefits to eating organic walnuts, but I had no idea that there was so many. Wow, super impressed! Never head of Tamari Roasted Almonds, but they sound delicious, think I’ll search for the them the next time I visit the grocery store.
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  12. I tend to buy less organic than I should. Luckily in the summer there are plenty of fresh, local organic veggies in the local farmer’s markets. I never knew about all the benefits of organic walnuts.
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  13. Great point! I can’t always afford to buy organic, but since I eat apples all the time and make homemade apple sauce, that’s something I should definitely spring for. Milk for my son is another thing I should buy organic.
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  14. I am trying to switch over to organic but it a slow process for us.
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  15. What a great post Wendy! I always stuck to the Dirty Dozen but never , ever bought nuts organic – ever. I actually had no idea they came organic.
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  16. Great, post! I didn’t know all this.
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