At Springfree Trampoline, we encourage healthy family lifestyles. Health is not just about moving your body but also about what you put in your body!

Organic produce – crops grown without pesticides or fertilizers – is a common fixture in grocery stores. Because of expensive farming techniques, organic foods typically cost 50% more than their ordinary counterparts. For families on a budget, the benefits of organic foods weighed against their high cost can be a dilemma.

The results of our latest Facebook poll, show that many of you consciously choose to purchase organic for your family.

Springfree fans offered a few alternate and cost-effective ways to eat organic without breaking the bank, like growing your own produce right your backyard. Great idea!

Another fan, Kristy McDaniel, suggested a co-op agreement with a nearby organic farm. With a co-op you get all your fruits and vegetable for a great price, often cheaper than non-organics. Thanks for the suggestion, Kristy!

If you’re on a budget, try prioritizing your organic purchases. According to the Environmental Working Group, the following 12 types of produce have the highest pesticide residues. Try to purchase these fruits and vegetables organic whenever possible:

  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)

These fragile produce, also known as the “dirty dozen”, often require more pesticides to fight off pests. A good rule of thumb is to always wash your produce before you consume them whether they are organic or not. Happy (and healthy) eating!

What other tips do you have for maintaining a natural diet for your family?

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