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You may be wondering what fruits and vegetables contain the least amount of residue from pesticides after reading about The Dirty Dozen. Touted as the “Clean Fifteen,” the following list of fruits and vegetables are the safest to consume without purchasing their organic counterpart. For more information on pesticides, visit the EWG website.

The Clean 15

  1. Onion
  2. Avocados
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Mangoes
  5. Pineapple
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas
  8. Eggplant
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Watermelon
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Honeydew Melon
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Grapefruit

How about some fresh, homemade strawberry jam, just like Grandma used to make? Try this super simple recipe that can be turned into a fun family activity on a lazy Sunday – only 3 ingredients needed! This recipe may be doubled to make an extra batch that can be frozen. Goes great with peanut butter!

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh, ripe organic strawberries
3-4 tbsp of sugar
1-2 tsp lime juice

Preparation

On a clean surface or cutting board, chop the strawberries fine. Add the sugar to a saucepan, add in the strawberries, and cook over low heat, adding more sugar as needed, to taste.

Stir the strawberry and sugar mixture frequently, while mashing the berries to desired consistency while cooking. (some like it smooth, some prefer chunks of fruit) Continue to stir frequently and cook over low heat until thickened, watching to make sure the jam does not burn.

Once the jam is to a desired consistency, take it off of the heat and cool. Add in 1 tablespoon of lime juice to taste, adding the rest as needed.

Place the jam in a clean jar or glass container, and keep in the fridge for use on toast, English muffins, bagels, scones – you name it!

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For those who cannot afford to go green in entirety, opting for a “lightly green” approach may be a practical solution. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has named the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the most residue from pesticides, aptly named the “dirty dozen,” and parents can choose to purchase the organic version of the following listed below for their family so as to avoid contaminants. As with any fruits and vegetables, make sure to rinse well with water and a fruit and veggie wash before consumption!

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Peaches
  2. Celery
  3. Apples
  4. Bell Peppers
  5. Cherries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Strawberries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Carrots
  11. Pears
  12. Imported Grapes

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Even more importantly, today’s parents are concerned about the safety of the plastics used in the production of bottled water which can potentially leach unsafe chemicals into their children’s little bodies. With the Zuvo Water Filtration System, tap water becomes safe for consumption again! A cost-effective purchase for the entire family at just $299.99.

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It’s back for another tempting recipe today – the strawberry, that is! Here’s a great pancake recipe from BakingBites.com filled with extra goodies like wheat bran and buttermilk, for richness. Sunday brunch, anyone?

Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat bran
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/3-1/2 cup diced strawberries (fresh or freeze-dried)

Preparation

Whisk together flour, wheat bran, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, egg, butter and maple syrup. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until just barely combined (still lumpy). Quickly stir in strawberries. Some small lumps should remain in the batter.
Heat a lightly greased grill or large frying pan over mediu-high heat. Grill is ready when a drop of water will skitter across the surface of the pan. Drop batter in in 3-inch rounds. Cook about 1 1/2 minutes per side, until browned. Second side will take slightly less time than the first side.

Serve hot, with maple syrup.

Thanks Baking Bites! For more awesome pancake recipes, stop on by their site!

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Combining the all-mighty strawberry with protein-packed peanut butter and blending it together to make “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom‘s morning smoothie, this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie is certain to hit the spot!

Tiny Green Mom’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup water (more or less, depending on desired consistency)

1 scoop of soy protein powder

1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

1 ripe banana

8-10 large frozen strawberries

2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter

ice cubes

Preparation

Place water in blender, and add in the rest of the ingredients. Blend together until smoothie is of desired consistency, adding in ice cubes as needed. Enjoy!

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