The Clean 15

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The Environmental Work Group just published their list of the cleanest produce, which tests show the least amount of pesticide residues.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes USDA data on the chemicals found on grocery store produce. Then, the watchdog organization compiles it into an easy-to-digest list of fruits and veggies that tended to contain the most and least pesticides in the past year.

EWG’s Clean Fifteen 2019

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Sweet Peas Frozen
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew Melons

 

Weekday workday lunches are a no-brainer now that Steve and I take a little time out of our Sunday afternoons and pre-make salads. When Monday rolls around it’s grab and go.

We prep the same veggies pretty consistently with the protein being the variable. Beans are always an easy go-to addition. We like firm, meaty kidney beans, pintos and cannellinis. Sometimes we add chopped up chickpea patties, grilled tofu, tempeh or burgers from the night before. That’s the wild card that keeps it interesting for me.

Veggies

  1. Romaine lettuce, washed, chopped and dried (I use a salad spinner)
  2. Fresh spinach leaves (optional)
  3. Cucumbers or zucchini, chopped or sliced
  4. Red cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
  5. Carrots, shredded or diced
  6. Celery, sliced or chopped
  7. Red onion, diced or sliced

 

You’ll notice that most of the veggies on the list are affordable and easy to find year-round. That’s the idea. No excuses.

Often I will make homemade VINAIGRETTE which is simple, fresh and also cheap!

I found a great deal on these RE-USABLE MEAL CONTAINERS  through amazon.com. They stack easily in the fridge and slip neatly into your bag for work.

Knowing we are both getting a healthy dose of fresh vitamins, fiber, water and antioxidants is one less thing to be concerned about during a busy period of days. And there is never a week that goes by that we are not so glad we took that bit of time to set ourselves up for success!

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2 thoughts on “The Clean 15

  1. Great job on your meal prep. That is definitely one thing I need to work on to be healthier. I work at a restaurant, so I’m going to take home some reusable containers.. at least thats a start. Haha :}

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