Frugal Babe’s recent post about green smoothies inspired me to pull my blender out of storage. Honestly, I’m not ready to drink spinach and kale, at least not yet. I figured I’d start with the fruit versions first and work my way up to the hard-core green ones as time progresses. My first smoothie concoction consisted of:
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
- 6 frozen, organic strawberries
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
I’m very conscious of the food I purchase and I try to buy organic or locally grown produce whenever possible, but my local stores didn’t offer organic blackberries. I know that all produce does not have to be grown organically. For example, experts often say there is no need to buy organic bananas, because the outer peel protects the contents of the banana from pesticides.
On the other hand I know that some fruits absorb large quantities of pesticides. Strawberries top that list, so I allowed myself to spend more money purchasing Nature’s Promise organic strawberries.
According to the article, Organic Food: Is it Worth the Money?, shoppers should spend money buying organic versions of the following fruits and vegetables:
- Grapes, imported (Chili)
- Bell peppers
On the other hand the following fruits and vegetables are more resistant to pesticides and may not be worth the extra money:
Needless to say, in the next round of smoothies I may replace my blackberries with bananas.