In an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables, I researched which foods were best for my health. I continued to come across something called "The Dirty Dozen". Turns out I've been poisoning myself little by little by eating an apple a day.
The Dirty Dozen is a list of the twelve produce items that have the most pesticide residue. No matter how hard you scrub or wash these fruits and vegetables, traces of pesticides will remain. And since we don't have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's near us, I will have to be addicted to something other than Fuji apples. I was able to find a pack of four organic Fuji apples at our grocery store, but it was two times more expensive than non-organic apples.
I'm awfully glad that watermelons, mangoes, and pineapples are delicious at this time of the year, and my fridge is well stocked at the moment with all three right now. They are all on the Clean 15 list where going organic is not necessary.
This is how my husband thinks watermelon should be cut, by the way. This was taken last summer and I had forgotten to blog about it. The pieces are not bite size at all, but are five inches wide. I like to take petite bites, thank you very much.
I had the most amazing smoothie today: 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 ripe banana, a large handful of baby spinach, 1 cup almond milk. SO SO GOOD. Even better than yesterday's green peach smoothie and I couldn't get enough of it. A definite keeper for years to come.
And I'm not sure if I'm the only idiot who has done this, but if you want to freeze a banana, peel it first and then freeze it or else you will have a great deal of trouble peeling a frozen banana. I felt like a bloody fool.
*frame by Maybemej