Living Organic 101

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Summer Chicken

Although some children maybe headed back to school, summer season is not over yet.  During the summer, many families and friends love to grill.  Grill steak, chicken, or grill their favorite vegetables.  For the 4th of July we made a delicious chicken!  Many of our friends that came to our barbecue celebration raved about our chicken.  I have never share with anyone about our fabulous chicken recipe although now everyone is intrigued and wants to know how I made it. 

This is so simple to make you will fall out of your chair… and even make it tonight for dinner.

Super Delicious Ginger Chicken

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
5 Cloves of Garlic, pressed.
1 Tablespoon of Toasted Sesame Oil (I use spectrum brand)
1 Tablespoon of Rice Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
1/2 Cup of Bragg’s Amino Acids (original recipe calls for soy sauce)
1 1/2 – 2 pounds of chicken breast

Method

Combine all ingredients (except for the chicken- hold for now) in a large glass or stainless steel bowl.  Whisk ingredients until they are well combined.

Set the bowl aside.

In the meantime; prepare your chicken.  Remove chicken from package and discard any waste.  Rinse chicken with clean water.  On a clean surface (meat only cutting board) cut the breast of the chicken length wise (down the center) and then in half.  From one piece of chicken (when you start) you will end up with 4 pieces.  Helps to make the cooking go by faster and the marinade really soaks up as well.

Then add the chicken meat to your bowl of marinade. Using your clean hands mix all ingredients making sure the chicken meat is well smothered in the marinade. 

CAUTION: WHEN WORKING WITH RAW MEAT PRODUCTS BE CAREFUL TO CLEAN YOUR HANDS FEQUENTLY BETWEEN TOUCHING MEAT AND OTHER CLEAN SURFACES.  Sanitize and Rinse all surface with disinfectant.

Allow to marinade 1-4 hours prior to grilling. 

Then prepare your grill. 

Grill each piece of chicken until well done (not good to eat raw chicken meat).

Serve with a side of grain (quinoa or prepared lentils) and garden salad.

Enjoy!

Inspired Recipe from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

Mocha Swiss Almond Smoothie

Mocha Swiss Almond Smoothie

Raw chocolate is incredibly delicious but also offers many health benefits too.  Click here to review the latest studies reveal about chocolate.

For a healthy boost in the morning or even a dessert, this smoothie recipe will deliver your body the essential nutrition for your body to preform at it’s best.

Ingredients

10 oz plain whole-milk yogurt, AMASAI Plain Cultured Beverage, kefir, or coconut milk/cream
1-2 raw high omega-3 whole eggs (optional)
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil
1-2 Tbsp. unheated honey
1 Tbsp. goat milk protein powder or whey
2 Tbsp. cocoa or carob powder
2 Tbsp. raw almond butter

Method

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and pour in two glasses.  Smoothie should be consumed immediately or within 24 hours (keep refrigerated).  Make a delicious frozen dessert by pouring the smoothie into ice cube trays and insert popsicle stick or toothpick.

Enjoy.

Serves two (8 oz servings)

Adopted from the Maker’s Diet By: Jordan Rubin

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Coconut is one of the most abundant foods available!  Several weeks ago there was a post on the benefits of coconut including aids in thyroid function, provides antioxidants to fight off free radicals, aides in weight management and so much more.

This is one simple dessert to make and without the gullit of splurging on dessert.  This recipe will yield plenty to place in a storage container and freeze for later.

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil, soften
3/4 cup agave nectar (I prefer honey)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dried shredded coconut
2 1/4 cups raw cocoa powder

Method:

Using a high-speed blender, blend the softened coconut oil, agave nectar (honey), vanilla, and salt.

Add a 1/2 cup of the shredded coconut, blend until smooth.

Stir in 2 cups of the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or more to set slightly.

Place the remaining 1/4 cup cocoa powder onto a small plate and 1/2 cup of the shredded coconut on another place.  Spoon heaping tablespoons of the chocolate mixture and roll them into balls. Roll these in the cocoa powder and then in the coconut.

Store the finished truffles in the refrigerator (or place in a freezer safe container).   When you freeze the Chocolate Coconut Truffles just be sure when you are ready to enjoy that you allow 30 – 45 minutes prior to serving.

Alternate Method:

Enjoy these nutritious treats by making the truffles with almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter.

You may need to add 1/4 cup at a time until you reach the proper consistency. (I used 1/2 cup of almond butter and it was delicious).Resources & Inspiration:

Visit Epicurious.com for the original recipe.

Living Raw Food  

GMO Food Labeling Victory!

California Secretary of State annouced that the GMO labeling ballot measure has met and exceeded the requirements to be placed on the November ballot for 2012!  This is exciting news for the conscious consumer looking to purchase food that is not coming from GM seeds.

Gaining this victory was strongly pushed and efforts from the Organic Consumes Association, Institute for Responsible Technology, and a large number of dedicated volunteers contributed to pushing this measure and requie that food label should indicated ingredients made/coming from genetically engineered products.  More importantly, the message that is begin spread is not just that our food is to be labeled but that food producers would practice safe measures when manufacturing the foods that is sold and distributed.

“A passage of this initiative could spell the end of GMOs in America, as food producers already know that if given a choice, 90+ percent of consumers would choose to avoid genetically engineered food.  For this reason, food producers would have to be required to switch to methods of non-GMO sources in their food ingredients.”

Thank you to all the individuals that signed petitions as well as spread the message through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.

If you live in California or know people that live in California spread the word.  Come Novemeber, 2012 vote YES on GMO labeling.

(NaturalNews)
http://www.naturalnews.com/036160_GMO_labeling_California_ballot_measure.html

Why and How to Use Coconut Oil Everyday

There are literally over a hundred ways to benefit from using coconut oil.  You can use coconut oil to cook, clean, use coconut oil weight loss smoothies or shakes, toothpaste, soap, diaper cream and even giving  you a “pick me up” during the day.  Really seems that the powerful super-food, coconut oil can be used for just about anything you need!  Here are about a dozen ways to benefit from using coconut based products and even some helpful tips of how you can make your own coconut oil based products at home.

Drink Up!  Coconut Water can help boost your energy levels and help you boost  your immune system:

1.  A Perfect Sports Drink: natural and healthy source for hydration.
2.  Helps to restores electrolytes after exercise, vomiting, or diarrhea.
3.  Perfect to beverage for your baby as they are transitioning drinking other fluids after nursing.
4.  Antiseptic properties provide antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents to purify blood — killing measles, herpes,
       influenza, AIDS, SARS, and hepatitis C.
5.  Aides in dissolving kidney stones alkalizing urine pH.
6.  Coconut water can be used as a natural cleanse.  Mix coconut water with extra virgin olive oil to eliminates intestinal
      parasites.

Coconut Oil for Babies and Mothers:

7.  Removes scars and stretch marks.
8.  Repairs cracked, sore, dry nipples from nursing
9.  Boost and enrich milk supply for breast-feeding women.
10.  Heals diaper rash and removes cradle cap on babies

Coconut Oil uses as a Natural and Safe Medicine:

Virgin coconut oil tastes and smells like coconut. Expeller pressed oil has no scent or taste and both types can be used medicinally.

11.  Used regularly can help kills bacteria causing urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease, staphylococcus, or MRSA.
12.  Take a spoonful to help destroys fungus causing candida.
13.  Helps to kills viruses associated with causing flu and other infectious diseases.
14.  Aide in easing acid reflux and helps to relieves gallbladder disease.
15.  Enhances proper bowel function and lowers incidence of hemorrhoids when oil is consumed.
16.  Relieves and helps to relieve intestinal disorders such as: colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease.
17.  Consumed regularly can aide in stablizing blood sugar and insulin production.
18.  Aides in digestion by enhancing pancreatic function, enzyme production and reduces pancreatitis.
19.  Improves magnesium and calcium absorption, promoting stronger bones.
20.  Reduces joint and muscle inflammation, supporting repair of tissues.
21.  Regulates thyroid function.
22.  As a super-food helps to fight off free-radicals aids in protecting against cancer.
23.  Prevents oxidation of fatty acids.
24.  Provides antioxidants to fight free radicals slowing aging and degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
25.  Relieves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
26.  Stabilizes female hormones reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness during menopause.
27.  Soothes earaches when mixed with garlic and olive oil.

Coconut Oil uses for Skin, Hair and Nails:

28.  Use as topical cream or lotion, coconut oil forms a chemical barrier on skin to protect and heal infections.
29.  Moisturizes and softens dry skin.
30.  Reduces bags, puffiness and wrinkles under eyes.
31.  Preps skin before shaving.
32.  Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective toothpaste.
33.  Soothes sunburned skin and promotes healing of burns and blisters.
34.  Stops pain, burning, and itching of bug and snake bites.
35.  Use as Anit-Aging Cream- helps to promotes firm skin tone, preventing age spots, sagging and wrinkles.
36.  Use as a make-up remover
37.  Heals nail fungus under finger and toenails.
38.  Prevent nosebleeds by applying light film inside nostrils.
39.  In combination with cornstarch and baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective deodorant.
40.  Makes excellent massage oil, a natural personal lubricant, and great sunscreen.
41.  Conditions hair, prevents split ends, reduces frizz, controls flaky scalp and dandruff.

Cooking with Coconut Oil (and uses in the kitchen):

42.  Enhances absorption of nutrients and improves digestion so use coconut oil to replace or combine coconut oil with butter or other oils (olive
         oil, flaxsee oil, hemp seed oil).  Cook your eggs, use instead of butter (or other spread), fry your pancakes with coconuit oil.
43.  Coconut oil combined and consumed with fruit, vegetable, protein, or carboyhrate provides a quick energy source and stimulates
         metabolism.
44.  Consuming coconut oil and cooking with coconut oil will benefit you by way of producing immediate, usable energy source rather than being
         stored as fat.
45.  Increases metabolic rate, stabilizes body weight, and controls food cravings.
46.  Doesn’t form harmful by-products during cooking when used at high heat.
47.  Season your cast iron pans
48.  Use coconut oil on pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray
49.  Mix with butter and use as popcorn oil
50.  Use in your favorite mocha or hot coca recipe. 
51.   Use as a base for your favorite dressings and sauces.
52.  Use in baking- cookies, bread, pancakes, muffins, and brownies.
 
With all these various ways to use and however way you decide to use coconut oil, it seems as though coconut oil is the go-to for just about any use and safe natural alternative as well.

Learn More…

Resources used to provide this information:

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
http://www.naturalnews.com/036028_coconu_oil_health_solutions.html#ixzz1wrSPrhuPhttp://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/
http://www.organicfacts.net
http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/coconut_oil.html

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Top 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Every Day

 

 

 

 

Journey to better health can sometimes seem like a heavy struggle and discouragement when you don’t see yourself making the progress you wish.  Every decision you make on the quality of foods you eat every day, as well as eating balanced meals that includes foods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients (phytochemicals) will help your reach your ultimate goal of improving your health each and every day.

Just as our body is constantly in a feedback loop (homeostasis) creating changes in your body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, eliminate waste and toxins, maintain your core body temperature, and keep your body in harmony.  You can easily make adjustments to your diet by choosing proper portions and combinations of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that are nutrient dense and low in toxins and chemicals.  Making a conscious decision in choosing what will go into your body will bring about a significant support and benefit to maximum your health.
 
This is a common saying in diet programs, “you are what you eat.”  What this implies is that if you wish to become healthier, eat the healthiest foods.

This list can help you gain understanding on what foods and beverages you decide and choose to consume to help you live healthy each and every day of your life:

  1. Cultured diary from Grass fed Goats, Cows, or Sheep
  2. Small Fruits
  3. Soups and Stocks
  4. Healthy Fats
  5. Soaked and Sprouted Seeds and Grains
  6. Fermented Beverages
  7. Green Vegetables

Foods that decrease and may even limit you from reaching your full potential of obtaining the healthy life you wish, begin to eliminate these less healthy foods:

  1. Hydrogenated Oils (margarine, shortening)
  2. White Flour
  3. White Sugar
  4. Soft Drinks
  5. Pork Products
  6. Artificial Sweeteners, (corn sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup)
  7. Artificial Color, and Flavor
  8. Excessive Alcohol (booze)

 
Make Kefir at Home

What Exercise Can Do For You

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation to get into motion can seem scarce at times but getting into a regular exercise routine can help overcome some of those initial challenges and help you gain the benefits you can see and feel.

 

FFirm and Tone Body: improve your muscle tone and form as well as physical appearance
I:   Improve & Increase your Metabolism: boost your metabolism means that you burn energy at a higher rate than if you did not exercise.
TTame your Taste Buds: helps you reduce your appetite and be more conscious of food choices.
NNo More Yo-Yo: help you maintain and keep you at a healthy weight and support your joint health.
EEnhance your Mood: release Endorphins—which are the pleasure centers in the brain giving you a sense of control and calm.
SSupport positive attitude and decrease mental unhealth- helping you to see things in a more positive light, and to make positive decisions.
S Support your cardiovascular health: physiology benefits show improved cardiac output- your heart pumps out blood more efficiently.

What can help keep you motivated…?

1.  Get a partner to join you or hire help, a health coach.
2.  Determine a schedule to get your exercise in on a weekly basis.
3.  Keep track of your progress, measurable tracking system works well.
4.  Reward yourself for reaching your goals. Either with new clothes, a vacation, and new workout gear.
5.  Once you achieve and break through some of those plateaus- keep moving.

The Big 8

Over the past few years and more so recently, I have been inspired by pioneers in the health and wellness industry.  Author of The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother’s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply– and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself, Robyn O’Brien has really had a big impact me.  Her work reveals some of the problems with our food production and corrlates with issues in in our health, allergies, disease, and the economy.  Robyn’s is a mother of 4, an author, a speaker and she has been recognized by the New York Times, CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes Woman, or in TEDx talks as well as other shows and media.

Robyn draws on her background as a food industry analyst, with detailed research and thorough analysis, as well as her personal experience, she has an inspiring story that is not just about food but in believing your ability to overcome challenges and have the courage to affect remarkable change.

If you just do one thing such as cutting artifical colors, eat less fake (processed) foods, do not consume animal and diary products that have been given antiboditcs and hormones that can bring about remarkable change in our lives, culture, and environment.

One of Robyn’s inspiring ideas on what you can do to create this change in our food industry is to learn the “big 8“.

Many of the “common” foods we enjoy to eat typically contain chemicals and toxins that have been linked to alarming increases in food allergies, obesity, cancer, and other diseases.  As a consumer, if you are looking for healthy food and healthy food solutions, it pays to look into this a little more, take a look at how agriculture and our food production happens in America and make a wise decision on purchase “clean foods”.

Unfortunately, many large American companies formulate their products one way for eaters in the states and another way for food manufactured for over seas, without the use of artificial colors, genetically engineered ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup. Another interesting fact is in many other countries, it’s the products that contain all of the novel ingredients like, genetically engineered ones, that have to be labeled, something that we are currently in America to pass a bill to label GMO.

Look for these 8 harmful toxins that have made their way in our food.  Highly encourage you to learn the “Big 8”.  These are the ingredients which, by law and according to our very own United States Department of Agriculture, are not allowed into the production of foods that are made organically.  However learn them so you can see if what you are purchasing:
 

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Artificial Colors and Dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5
Aspartame
Preservatives
Artificial Growth Hormones
Genetically Modified Ingredients
Exceeding levels of Pesticides
Finely Textured Lean Beef Trimmings (“Pink slime”)

 Let’s take it a step further…  Learn what foods are genetically engineered?

There are currently six major foods sold in the U.S. that are typically genetically engineered.  The percent that are genetically engineered:

Sugar beets 95%
Soybeans 93%
Cotton (Cottonseed oil) 78%
Canola 75%
Corn 70%
Papaya 50%

Because most of these are used widely, about two-thirds of processed food contains a genetically engineered ingredient. Conversely, the vast majority of raw fruits and vegetables are not genetically engineered. Organic foods, by definition, can’t be genetically engineered. 

Resources:

http://www.robynobrien.com/do-onething.html

http://www.allergykids.org

Few Facts:

  • 75% of processed foods contain unlabeled genetically engineered, chemical toxins that have never been proven safe for a child
  • By law, a product labeled “USDA Organic” is not allowed to contain these chemically and genetically engineered toxins.
     

Chicken, Mushroom, Spinach, & Chard Skillet Dish

Today, I was scrambling for a good meal and wanted to use up a random variety of vegetables that we had leftover from other meals from last week.  Before I prepare my meal plan for the following week, I look for ways to use up all the things in our pantry and refrigerator.  We get pretty creative with meals and often times substituting out or leaving an ingredient out still can make a meal taste great.  Often times, these creative creations become our family favorites.

We had a punch of spinach, about a handful of mushrooms, and some chard, and a bowl of jasmine rice.  This meal is simple, easy, and full of flavor!  Nutritious as well.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, divided
6 bone-in chicken thighs remove skin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
5-7 cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup cooked rice
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1/2-1 cup of chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 cup shredded Swiss chard (without stems)
2 cups of spinach

Method

In a medium size pot bring 2-3 liters of water to boil, add the chicken pieces.  Remove the scum and then remove chicken and then add chicken to a heated deep skillet with 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil.

Maintain the heat at about a medium level arrange the thighs in the skillet. Cook, flipping once, until deep golden brown all over, this will make the chicken somewhat crisp/firm on the outside.  Cook about 3-5 minutes on each side.  Transfer chicken to a large plate.

Then add the other tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil then add onions and mushrooms to the same skillet and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in wine, broth, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Nestle chicken into skillet, submerging it in the rice and vegetables; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until chicken is almost cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.

Check and stir often then stir in chard and spinach.  Cover the skillet and cook until chicken is tender about 5 or so more minutes.

Spoon chicken, millet and vegetables onto plates and serve.

Serves 4-6 individuals.

Recipe inspired from WholeFoods.com

3 Tips to Save you Money Shopping Organic

 

 

 

 

We have a saying around here that goes like this, “pay now or pay later.”  Although an organic diet and eating foods that are grown organically can seem to be pricey on the front end.  In the long run it is worth paying for the price of your health, our economy, keeping our environment safe, clean, and animals living happier.  Just think of how much money is spent to reverse the affects and damage of polluted water systems, top soil damage, and much  more.

To help you with transitioning to an organic diet, here are three tips that can help you save some money while eating organic!

Tip 1:  Planning your meals in advance and creating your shopping list prior to going to the grocery store is one way you can easily save money by not overspending on spontaneous/random products.  It is easy to get carried away with putting food items in your grocery cart.  Be deligient and stick to your list by planing in advance your budget for how much you can spend.  Then add in the these other two tips as well.

Tip 2:  Join a Co-Op such as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or Cooperative Food-Buying Club.  Many times you can do a search in your local area.  There are several good ones such as PickYourOwn.org or DoorToDoorOrganics.com.  Ask friends or neighbors if they are familiar with any local programs.  You can easily save money from purchasing your organic and naturally grown produce as well as get to know the farmers and source of how your food is grown. Buying locally is a great way to create a community to support each other in your goals for a healthy foods, economy and maintain a sustainable environment which is at the heart of living organic.

Tip 3: Eat clean foods.  So that you can make decisions of whether or not the producers practices are true organic, sustaining, and eco-friendly get to know were your food is coming from.  We often use several resources to research farmers and current events in the food industry.  One of my favorite shopping guides for organic is the Environmental Working Group (EWG ) shopping guide.

According to the EWG the methodology in ranking fruits and vegetables clean or dirty is based on tests to detect pesticides contamination on about 53 of the most popular fruits and vegetables.

“On a analysis 51,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 2000 to 2009 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Food and Drug Administration. Nearly all the studies on which the guide is based tested produce after it had been rinsed or peeled.  Contamination was measured in 6 different ways.  1)  Percent of samples tested with detectable pesticides.  2) Percent of samples with two or more pesticides. 3)  Average number of pesticides found on a single sample.  4)  Average amount (level in parts per million) of all pesticides found.  5)  Maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample.  6)  Total number of pesticides found on the commodity.”  referenced from EWG.org

Bottom line based on the findings from the study, EWG developed 2 lists help consumers determine which fruits and vegetables were most favorable to buy organic and which fruits and vegetables you can purchase and be alright if it is not organically grown or labelled.

The Dirty Dozen:

Apples
Celery
Strawberries
Peaches
Spinach
Nectarines (imported)
Grapes (imported)
Sweet Bell Peppers
Potatoes
Blueberries (domestic)
Lettuce
Kale/Collard Greens

If you were to pick 5 servings of fruits or vegetables from this list (the dirty dozen) you would consume on average about 14 differnet pesticides a day, according to the EWG.org

The Clean List:

Onions
Sweet Corn
Pineapples
Avocado
Asparagus
Sweet Peas
Mangoes
Eggplant
Cantaloupe (domestic)
Kiwi
Cabbage
Watermelon
Sweet Potatoes
Grapefruit
Mushrooms

If you were to pick and consume 5 servings this list (clean list) of fruits or vegetables you would consume on less than 2 pesticides a day, according to the EWG.org

What about meat and dairy products?

Organic meat and dairy is better for you and your families health as well as better for the animals, soil, and water supply.  Animals raised in healthy, thriving environments and happier conditions are better than conventionally grown cattle.  Consider that what the animals consumes grain feed (which is GMO) which is unsuitable for their health and not designed for their bodies to digest.  This presents health issues with ill conventional raised cattle, not to mention the heavy use of pesticides, antibiotics, and chemicals in an animal’s diet that can be transferred on to you.

“Meat from animals fed organic diets may be safer than conventionally farmed meat.  Organic, grass-fed meat poses a low risk of harboring E. coli, a bacteria responsible for many cases of foodborne illness, and may also have lower levels of campylobacter bacteria when compared to cows raised in non-organic feedlots.” says Denise Minger author at LivingStrong.com

In another blog article from Beyond Organic Insider, the author stated,

“Crowded, inhumane living conditions that are the norm in conventional feedlots have lead to the poor health of livestock. In order to combat that sickness, antibiotics are added to feed and water, providing a constant source of antibiotics. This problem with the overuse of antibiotics is that germs become resistant to these antibiotics, so when we need them, they don’t work.  The article notes that an estimated 80% of antibiotics are used on animal farms.”

More considers about what animals are given:

“Many scientists are concerned about the antibiotics being given to most farm animals, especially since many of them are the same antibiotics humans rely on.  An overuse of these drugs has enabled bacteria to develop resistance to them, rendering them less effective, and in some cases, useless when it comes to fighting infection, according to Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Organic Center, a nonprofit research organization.

A few things you should consider about meat and diary:

Meat: beef, pork and poultry: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meat can have higher levels of pesticides than plant food due to the grains and grasses these animals eat. And growth hormones, another factor of ‘conventionally raised’ meat, can trigger the early onset of puberty.

Dairy: milk, cheese and butter; animals concentrate pesticides and chemicals in their milk and meat.

By forecasting your meal plans in advance as well as preparing your budget on how much you can spend on your food products this will help you prioritize which food items you will need to purchase organic, which products you can get by without being “organic” and which food items to avoid.  Determine your must haves in advance, partner with local groups or organic food delivery programs.  Improvising on recipes by switching out a few “meat” meals with vegetable version to save also allows you to eat organic without breaking the bank.

Save money while shopping for organic with these tips you can be assured that slowly your buying habits will make you proud that you can eat healthy organic meals while keeping your cost down.