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Organic or not?

Organic or not?

Many people can’t afford to buy all organic all the time. But you don’t have to buy all organic produce to reduce your risk for chemical contamination. This list from the Environmental Working Group tells you which fruits and vegetables contain the most chemicals and which ones are least contaminated. Use it when shopping to help make the best choices for you and your family – even if you can’t buy entirely organic foods.

12 Most Contaminated / Dirty Dozen

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (Imported)
7. Grapes (Imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries (Domestic)
11. Lettuce
12. Kale / collard greens

15 Least Contaminated / Clean 15

1. Onions
2. Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet Peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (Domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

Kelly Krekelberg
Health Coach

How to stay cool in the “dog days” of summer!

Have you ever wondered why they are called the “dog days” of summer? Well, I have! Apparently the phrase ‘Dog Days’ conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer, 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Since its rising also coincided with a time of extreme heat, the connection with hot weather was made for all time.

Fascinating, I know 🙂

So, what are some of the best ways to stay cool? A few posts back I mentioned that the body naturally craves cooling foods during the summer. So, what should you reach for?

-Cucumber water- aids in hydration & detoxification, add in some lemon and herbs and you add a healthy dose of antioxidants & Vitamins A & C.

-Watermelon-it’s chock full of water! Watermelon is easy to digest, therefore takes the body less energy.

-Leafy greens-most raw fruits and veggies are 80-95% water, which in turn means easy on the digestive system!

-Berries-strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries all create cold energy in the body. Grab these “seasonal” fruits and toss them into your favorite salad for an extra cool down.

-Coconut-this exotic fruit has become much more mainstream due to the immense amount of health properties. Coconut meat and water both contain cooling properties. Grab some today!

Integrate these cooling foods and embrace the “dog days” of summer cool, calm and collected! Enjoy…..

Cooling Cucumber Water
Cucumber, mint and a wedge of lemon!

water

Kelly Krekelberg
Health Coach

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