RANT: The CLEAN 15

Last week we covered the Dirty Dozen–the most chemically contaminated produce. Buying the organic version of the produce on the Dirty Dozen is an important step in cancer prevention.

This week’s blog reveals the Clean 15! So you’ll know where to spend your organic dollars.

The Clean 15 List, which periodically changes, includes the produce with the least chemical and pesticide exposure–so theoretically you would not need to buy organic (though, if you can afford it, do it! For your health, your community, and to support those farmers who are growing responsibly). Here goes:

1. AVOCADOS

2. SWEET CORN

3. PINEAPPLES

4. CABBAGE

5. SWEET PEAS (Frozen)

6. ONIONS

7. ASPARAGUS

8. MANGOES

9. PAPAYAS

10.KIWI

11. EGGPLANT

12. GRAPEFRUIT

13. CANTALOUPE (domestic)

14. CAULIFLOWER

15. SWEET POTATOES

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RANT: The Dirty Dozen

If you are wondering whether or not you should buy organic produce, or feel like it’s a bit expensive, a good way to allocate your healthy food funds, is to look at the DIRTY DOZEN. This is a list of foods that have THE MOST and the most hazardous PESTICIDES and should be avoided, if possible.  The list does change from year to year, but here’s a look at this year’s list.  Scary because apples, spinach and berries are regulars at our house, and some of our kids favorites!

 

1. APPLES

2. STRAWBERRIES

3. GRAPES

4. CELERY

5. PEACHES

6. SPINACH

7. BELL PEPPERS

8. NECTARINES (imported)

9. CUCUMBERS

10. CHERRY TOMATOES

11. SNAP PEAS (imported)

12. POTATOES (this means your potato chips and fries too!)

dirty dozen

RECIPE: Carrot and Ginger Smoothie

Still trying to cleanse the system after the holidays? Even if you aren’t, this is a great astringent smoothie with health benefits galore.

So fire up your Vitamix or Ninjas and let the healing begin!

carrot and ginger smoothie

In a blender combine:

1 cup spinach

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 cup ice (or a handful, enough to make it cold)

1 handful of baby carrots or 1/2-1 large carrot

1/4 x 1/4 inch cube of ginger

1/2 apple

 

Get Clean this 2015! DETOX MEAL PLAN

A lot of us are motivated at the beginning of the year to make some big changes in our lives.  Some of our vow every year to “get healthy” or “read more” or “remember people’s names”.  While planning to be better and get healthier is great in theory, unless you have specific actions/steps you will take to follow through on these plans, chances are you’ll soon return to your usual life, resolutions abandoned, only to make the same empty promises 365 days later.

So this year, if you are TRULY motivated to take action for your health, contact me about my Wellness Programs which are simple and effective. (wellandbalanced@gmail.com)

And in the meantime, if you want to kick off your year CLEAN, join us for the

Detox Meal Plan Challenge
Many of us have a few extra lbs to shed and most of us could stand to
clean up our diet.

I’ve created the following Detox Meal Plan Challenge to Get Clean in 2015!
this Spring. It consists of a toxin-free, dairy-free, alcohol-free,
caffiene-free, gluten-free, low-fat, low-carb, alkaline, vegetarian,
vegan, macrobiotic, kosher, REAL FOOD diet.  So all are welcome! And,
it’s as easy as easy as 1, 2, 3!

The Goal is to maintain it for 7, 14, 21 or 31 days…

EACH DAY YOU CAN CONSUME
1 of following smoothies:

3 Tbsp almond butter
1 cup almond milk
1/2 banana
1 cup spinach
(1 tsp maca powder)
(1 Tbsp chia seeds)

add ice and blend all ingredients

1 cucumber
1 clementine
1 celery stalk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
(1/4 tsp cayenne)
(3 large basil leaves)

add ice and blend all ingredients

1 cup frozen berries
1 cup almond milk
1 zucchini
1 cup kale or spinach
(1 tsp cinnamon)
(1 Tbsp honey)

add ice and blend all ingredients

2 of following:
sweet potato* (technically unless you eat it raw or slow cook it at
less than 116 degrees, it’s not macrobiotic)
apple
orange
1 cup berries
1 cup carrots
1 cup cucumbers
1 red, yellow, or green pepper
salad containing any organic greens and only foods you see on this page (dressing
must be olive oil  and freshly squeezed lemon juice +/- grated ginger
and /or grated onion)

3 of following proteins:
avocado
hard boiled egg* * (animal product)
1/2 cup walnuts, almonds or sunflower seeds
1 cup beans

2 Tbsp almond butter
Beverages (at least 100 ounces):
water
green hot tea