As mentioned in the last post, eating healthy doesn’t have to be more expensive than eating unhealthy foods! If you can’t buy organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs due to lack of local availability or a tight budget, then you can still eat plenty of produce and healthy herbs when you follow these tips. Also, learn why it is so important to choose organic herbs and spices and how to grow your own!
1. Choose Conventionally Grown Fruits and Vegetables That Are Naturally Lowest in Pesticides
A diet filled with healthy fruits and vegetables is always better than one without them, even if you can’t buy organic. There are fruits and vegetables that are naturally pest-resistant, so even traditional farmers don’t have to spray them with dozens of pesticides to produce healthy crops.
When you can’t buy organic produce, then these are the items to choose that are typically grown with fewer pesticides than others:
Onions, Pineapple, Asparagus, Mangoes, Frozen Peas, Bananas, Broccoli, Eggplant, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelon, Blueberries, Cauliflower, Tomatoes, *Honeydew, *Cantaloupe, *Lemons, *Grapefruit.
The items with the * by them are typically a little higher in pesticide residues than the others, but as long as you don’t eat the rinds (which harbor the most pesticides), they are still relatively safe. Frozen corn is also relatively low in pesticides, but look for corn that is Non-GMO project-certified when not opting for organic. None of the other items on the list are yet grown GMO in the US!
2. Grow a Windowsill Herb Garden
Organic herbs and spices can be such a great asset to your health, and you may not even realize how important it is to choose organic varieties – the pesticides sprayed on non-organic herbs can destroy some of the medicinal compounds in them that are so great for your health. However, you don’t have to pay extra for those organic herbs and spices when you start your own indoor, windowsill herb garden!
You may not have the land or time to tend to a vegetable garden, but virtually everyone has a windowsill, and that is all you need along with a few affordable supplies to grow your own healthy organic herbs!
And, yes, you can grow them year-round, even if you live in a part of the world with a long, dreary winter. Good herbs to grow indoors include basil, chives (green onions), oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage.
To begin your project, all you need is a small terracotta pot for each herb you want to grow, a bag of organic soil from your local gardening store (a bag that says “seed starting potting mix” is best; it is lighter than typical garden soil), and a packet of seeds for each herb variety.
Fill each pot with soil, moisten the soil with a little water, then add just a few seeds under the surface of the soil. Each herb has slightly different watering needs, so check out some basic herb watering schedule guidelines here; some like it more moist than others.
Cat owner? Plant your garden on a windowsill in a room where you can keep the door shut and kitty out. If you can’t do that, then plant cat grass in an extra pot and direct kitty to it if she tries to nibble on those herbs!
You can include plenty of healthy, low-pesticide fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your diet, even if you are on a very tight budget when you follow these two tips!