Review of The Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen

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Ever wonder why certain foods must be purchased organically grown and others are not as strictly enforced? Well, that’s because organically grown food are not sprayed or treated with toxic pesticides and herbicides. The soil and irrigation do not contain pesticides or toxic chemicals thereby ensuring a much cleaner crop down the line. Non-organic food however, are grown with heavily used pesticides and herbicides to maintain their growth along with being genetically modified for a bigger crop.

Each year or so, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes their “Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen” Shopper Guide listing twelve of the most heavily contaminated fruits and vegetables versus the “cleaner” fifteen most popular fruits and vegetables that are not heavily sprayed with chemicals. I’ve attached the graphic for you to see, but you can also go online to their website to download a copy to print out and keep (https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php)

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Here is the infographic for 2016 which I’m sure in 2017 one or a few of these will change. These types of food are tested and measured for the residual amount of toxic pesticides so the most heavily treated ones are on the top.

The Dirty Dozen are ones you should always buy organic while the Clean Fifteen are ones that, while may not always be organic, the residual toxic chemicals are at lower risk.

 

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We might not always have the luxury of buying organic food all of the time. But there are certain foods we should really pay attention to how they’re grown. Now more than ever, we need to be diligent about what we buy, who we support, and how to keep our bodies and mind clean. Organically grown food are easier to find now and prices are more reasonable than years ago. When you plan your shopping and know what you’re buying then organic food will naturally become the first choice when you shop.

 

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Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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organicgirl – Products Worth Reviewing

Salads are pretty much a mainstay in our household meals. It could really be any kind of salad (fruit, veggies, or a mixture of both) as long as it’s filled with the basic ingredients – greens, reds, oranges, and so forth. I didn’t always enjoy eating salads, but I got the hang of it after I tried them with some unique dressings and got hooked on salads ever since. Even my son, who enjoys vegetables on their own, grew to like eating salads as well and we have fun deciding which ingredients we want to add to our basic greens layer. My number one choice in buildings salads is of course organically grown greens and nowadays, you can find organic lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, and any typical green veggies at your local grocery stores and always at your natural grocery stores.

When we were introduced to an all organic salad company called organicgirl (http://www.iloveorganicgirl.com/), I became instantly intrigued. Through their clamshell packaging, you can clearly see the freshly selected vegetables inside them. They weren’t wilted or tattered – the greens just look like they were handled with love and care and carefully placed inside their snug boxes. And the best thing about organicgirl’s salad blends is that they are made with organic ingredients and the varieties are well suited for any occassion. I like eating salads on their own sometimes and if you add more healthy ingredients in them, you can really make a satisfying meal out of it.

Above is a photo using organicgirl’s 50/50 Salad blend which consists of a healthy blend of baby spinach, baby green romaine lettuce, baby red romaine lettuce, baby red oakleaf lettuce, arugula, and many other organic greens. I simply added some soft tofu, radishes, strawberries, and pears from my parents backyard. I find it more enjoyable when you can add any kind of ingredient into your salad greens and make it your own. And when you top it with healthier dressings or even homemade dressings then it’s even more delicious! And I really like the fact that organicgirl’s greens have been prewashed so all I have to do is take it out of the package and plate it up. I do usually run a quick rinse just to refresh them a bit, but it’s up to you if you want to do that too.

Organicgirl began with a small group of women and men who wanted to bring to the public exceptional organic greens that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Most of their produce are grown on farms in California and Arizona and are grown using strict food safety practices to ensure their consumers are getting the best produce possible. And each of their packaged greens have been triple washed and packed instantly in a 100% recyclable clamshell container. Organicgirl believes in helping the environment and people live a healthier lifestyle and knowing that they use 100% recycled California PET bottles (5 and a half bottles per clamshell to be exact), it makes me glad that this organic company really takes a step further into helping the environment. And since the clamshell packaging are made from recycled materials, they can also be easily recycled.

Organicgirl produce can be found at most natural grocery stores and currently at Ralphs. You can always do a store search on their website to find their products at your local store. Currently organicgirl’s organic produce are offered in the following varieties:

50/50, baby arugula, baby spinach, baby spinach & arugula, baby spring mix, five happiness, fresh herbs & greens, i heart baby kale, QUICK COOK! baby kale, QUICK COOK! spinach, QUICK COOK! spinach powergreens, romaine heart leaves, SUPERGREENS!, and vive la France! So you see, with so many delicious varieties to choose from, you can definitely find something that will work for any meal. All you’ll need to supply is your favorite dressing and add a few more ingredients to them and you’ve got a great dish.

The good folks at organicgirl had kindly sent me several of their organic greens to try and review. And right now on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iloveorganicgirl, they are running a recipe contest where you can submit ideas for “dressing up your greens”. The prizes are a gift card, 5 FREE product vouchers, the winning recipe featured on their webpage, and the winning recipe printed and used at shows and demonstrations. All you have to do is suggest what you’ll use with their newest vive la France! salad mix and you’re good to go. And to help you save on buying a vive la France! so that you can enter in the recipe contest, organicgirl’s website offers a coupon too.

So start eating healthier and making healthier food choices. Eating salads everyday is a good way to start.

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Baby Gourmet – Products Worth Reviewing

Being a mom is a full time job. I’m sure most people can agree to that. So what happens if you’re a first time mom with a baby that’s ready to take his  first bite of “adult” food, or baby food in that matter. Some moms will make food for their baby from scratch. They would select the perfect ingredients and then cook it and season it just right. That sounds easy enough right? Well, for most moms that can be pretty tedious. It’s rewarding no doubt, but you’ve got to spend a lot of time knowing what ingredients to buy, how soft to cook them, and then wonder if your baby will eat them. And babies nowadays can be pretty finicky. So most moms turn to premade baby foods that comes in a jar or a squeezer (it seems almost every food is available in a squeezable option now). But what kind of premade baby food should you buy? And who do you trust? And how do you know if it’ll taste good and if your baby will like it?

It’s pretty tough when you’re a first time mom and you’re not sure what type of premade baby food to buy.  There are a lot of choices out there and a lot of flavors to choose from. But babies are pretty new at the food thing too, so you have to be choosy about what to buy. I’m sure they’re not yet interested in a piece of steak or blueberry pie (and they can’t chew them yet anyway), so the type of foods that are safer for babies are usually your old standby. Foods like mashed carrots, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed peas, pears, etc, are usually good choices. Those type of foods have not been known to cause allergic reactions in babies and they are filled with a lot of nutrients and important vitamins and minerals. Plus, they taste pretty good too.

But to go a step further in providing your baby with nutritious and healthy first foods is to buy organically-grown foods. Based on the USDA certification program, organically-grown foods are not allowed to be sprayed with toxic chemicals or be grown in soil that’s been chemically processed. Organically-grown foods also taste better (in my opinion) and they look absolutely gorgeous too! And since babies and young children are developing so fast, any food they ingest can potentially harm or help their bodies. It’s easy to buy organic produce nowadays and even easier to buy organic baby food. Organic baby food has quickly become the mainstream of baby foods out on the market today. Although you can still find conventional baby food in your regular grocery stores, organic baby food are also popping up everywhere in your local supermarkets.

 

Baby Gourmet: http://babygourmet.com/, a company that’s dedicated in making natural, organic, and wholesome food for babies was interested in sending me some of their gourmet baby food to try and review. Since my son is a bit too old to eat “baby food”, we had my friend’s son try it. My son did take a few bites of  Baby Gourmet’s Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto and he seemed to have liked it. He said “yum” and left it at that. My friend’s son, who turned 1-year old earlier this year was a great taste tester though. Since he was eating mushed fruits and vegetables made by his mom, it seemed like he was ready for food with a bit more texture. The flavors they sent me were Orchard Apple, Carrot and Prune, Baby’s Sweet Potato Pie, and Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto. My friend’s son, who is not as finicky an eater, really enjoyed the Sweet Potato Pie and Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto. Perhaps it was the texture that interested him, but he wanted to eat the entire pouch and then some.

What I like most about Baby Gourmet’s baby food is their all-natural ingredients made with organic fruits, vegetables, and spices. For instance, their Juicy Pear and Garden Greens are made with only Organic Pear, Organic Broccoli, Organic Spinach, Absorbic Acid, and Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate. There are also no added sugar or salt, no fillers, no preservatives, and packaged in BPA-free packaging. Since their products do not contain any preservatives, I would recommend eating them right away after you’ve opened them and like most moms, they freeze their pureed baby foods (although I’ve never personally tried that before). Currently Baby Gourmet comes in Simple Purees which are suitable for 6 months plus, Yummy Combos which are suitable for 7 months plus, and Tasty Textures which are suitable for 8 months plus. And with yummy flavors like Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto, Apple, Sweet Potato, Berry Swirl, and Juicy Pear and Garden Greens, you’ll probably find something that your child will like. With all of Baby Gourmet’s baby food providing the necessary nutrients and vitamins that a growing baby needs, you won’t be disappointed either. Baby Gourmet can be found in certain natural grocery stores as well as Walmart. You can always go on their website for more store locations.

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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