For me, adulting comes in stages – particularly when it comes to food. Stage one of adulting is to buy your own groceries. Stage two is the realization of how incredibly ridiculous the price of produce is. Stage three is a stern negotiation with yourself as to what you actually need and stage four is deciding whether or not organic foods are worth it. Once you get over the initial shock of what it actually takes to create meals at home, you start to make a game plan. For us, that means that we try to buy 90% of our groceries on the outside perimeter of the store. Meaning the produce, deli, and dairy aisles. The way I see it, if I’m going to eat at home, I want to be creating meals that are healthy and sustainable. We make multiple types of salads and healthy snacks like Roasted Cauliflower Bites.
The truth is not everything you buy needs to be organic. However, there are certain grocery items that are a must. Why? Well, because unfortunately, our food contains contamination in multiple forms which can be harmful to us. Non-organic fruit and vegetables come from farms that use dangerously high levels of pesticides and their residue stays on the produce through consumption. Conventional produce is generally also genetically modified meaning they are sprayed with over 300 carcinogens to help grow unnatural size foods. Things we definitely shouldn’t be putting in our bodies! If you choose to eat meat, be sure to opt for meat that is raised cage-free, non-GMO, and no added hormones or antibiotics. Pretty much check to see if it meet’s the Chipotle checklist. Here’s a list of the top things you need to be eating organic: