The Daily Green has long recommended making a diet heavily focused on seasonal fruits and vegetables, and organic foods, in order to boost nutrition and limit the environmental and health impact of agricultural chemicals. A major tool in that effort is the annual the dirty dozen list that the Environmental Working Group creates, identifying the foods with the most pesticide residue, which we add to the top of our list to buy organic.
The problem, of course, is that good food can be expensive. To tackled that problem, Environmental Working Group has created the landmark Good Food on a Tight Budget, an online guide that helps us identify foods that are generally clean, nutritious and affordable.
The guide goes beyond fruits and vegetables to recommend legumes, grains, fish, meat and dairy that represent better choices for our environment, health and wallets.
Avocado, kiwi and watermelon are among the best fruits. Broccoli, kale and lettuces are among the best leafy greens. Carrots, tomatoes and sweet potatoes make the list, along with onions, zucchini and eggplant.
It's the kind of guide that gets you thinking about your food budget, and your recipe list for the week. Check it out, and use it to choose a recipe, or look up your favorite ingredient for a delicious meal from The Daily Green's recipe archive.
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