Fruits and vegetables are obviously a big part of a healthy diet, but oftentimes they end up as hairy, slimy science experiments in the bottom of the produce drawer at the end of the week.
Let’s change that, mkay?
In this post you will find lots of produce tips that will help you get the most out of these nutritional powerhouses, from how to buy them to how to store them.
The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Cheatsheet shows which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides (Dirty Dozen: buy these organic), and which have little to none (Clean Fifteen: okay to buy non-organic).
Store your produce according to these guidelines for maximum freshness.
Store these items on the refrigerator shelf
mushrooms (in brown bag)
Store these items in the refrigerator drawer
Store these items on the countertop
Store these items in the pantry
~ wash all fruit just prior to eating to prevent early spoilage
~ cut celery and store it in a container of water to keep it crisp
~ wrap a damp (not wet) paper towel around lettuce to keep it from wilting
~ store a cut avocado with the pit intact and a piece of onion in the bag to prevent browning
~ wrap the stems of your bananas with foil to keep them from browning too fast (if they are already to that point, just halve and freeze for smoothies!)
~ never rinse mushrooms; wipe them down with a damp cloth instead
~ toss cut apples with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning
Don’t let fear of spoilage keep you from buying lots of fruits and veggies. Just follow the tips above and you’ll be throwing out less produce than ever!
Hey! I’m Julie.
I’m the mother of three, ages 28, 21, and 6, and Gima (grandmom) to a five-year-old grandson.
Over my 28 years of #momming I have been ALL the moms (single, married, stay-at-home, working, young, ‘mature’, struggling, stable, etc) and have faced every healthy eating challenge there is.
Now the founder of Well Fed Families, and author of the ‘Easy, Healthy Meals for the Tired-Ass Mom’ cookbook, I bring my real-life, family-raising experience to the table to help other overwhelmed mamas get on a healthier track.
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