Organic Foods & Trip to the Grocery Store

Hello! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Today I wanted to share what we got at the grocery store on Sunday for this week. I typically go to the store on Sundays, and then once during the week for various things we run out of. This is what the haul looks like for our two person household. 

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We try to always by organic or local animal products including dairy, meat, and poultry. For produce, I go by the Environmental Working Group guidelines. They have a list of the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15" indicating what produce is safe to buy non-organic/conventional and what produce you should by organic. This is based on the amount of pesticides typically found in/on the food. Another good guideline is if the produce has a covering or peel that you do not eat, it is safe to buy the conventional version (i.e. bananas). However, if you eat the skin or outer part of the produce, then you should buy organic (i.e. berries). 

  • Dirty Dozen (buy organic if you can): strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes
  • Clean 15 (safe to buy conventional): sweet corn, avocado, pineapple, cabbage, onions, sweet peas, papaya, asparagus, mango, eggplant, mango, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, mango

With that said, I often have to judge the price and see if we can afford the organic version. Our grocery store also doesn't always have an organic option. We try to buy local as well, especially in the summer when there are more choices. We have our garden, which helps in the summer too. Here are our purchases for this week.

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Produce:

  • Organic lettuce mix
  • Broccoli
  • Organic basil
  • Organic carrots
  • Organic strawberries and blackberries
  • Sweet potato
  • Bananas
  • Butternut squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon & Lime
  • Orange
  • Avocados
  • Organic green peppers
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Pre-packaged Foods:

  • Frozen blueberries
  • Pasta
  • Cornbread mix
  • Corn chips
  • Organic diced tomatoes
  • Organic vegetable broth
  • Organic salsa
  • Chili beans
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Animal Products:

  • Flavored greek yogurts
  • Organic milk
  • Organic plain greek yogurt
  • Organic chicken
  • Organic ground beef
  • Sliced cheddar

Here are the items we already have on hand that I didn't have to buy this week:

  • Oats, Granola, Trail mix & Nuts, Tortillas & Bread, Pizza crust, Hummus, Shredded cheese, Eggs

Here is the meal plan I made out to include these groceries. Note most days for breakfast we have granola or oats and lunches include leftovers, wraps, yogurt, fruit, trail mix, and other various snacks. Dinner almost always includes a side salad. 

  • Homemade basil pesto with pasta and broccoli
  • Chicken butternut squash soup
  • Chili with cornbread (and leftover chili topped sweet potatoes)
  • Homemade pizza (half tomato based and half pesto)
  • Egg burritos with salsa and guacamole
  • Hummus wraps

What's always on your grocery list?  Do you buy organic?