Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen
To some The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen might just sound like numerical band names. But to those who care about the amount of synthetic pesticides in their food it is so much more than that. The dirty dozen and the clean fifteen refer respectively to the fruits & vegetables that are most and least likely to contain pesticide residue, according to the Environmental Working Group.
In short the dirty dozen list is basically a list of produce you should buy organic, whenever possible. So whether you are on a budget and wish to get the most out of your organic purchases or you just want to know which produce had the highest pesticide residues, the list is a great help.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes data from the American Department of Agriculture about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have. The group has estimated that individuals may reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying the 12 foods on their dirty dozen list.
Why should we care?
Pesticides are made to be toxic and poisonous for the various pests that might attack produce. Different pesticides have been linked to several types of health issues. So by choosing organic produce whenever you can within the dirty dozen list you can enjoy the many health benefits from your daily fruits & veggies without worrying about the risk of the potentially harmful chemicals that might still cling to them!
According to the studies done by EWG every sample of imported nectarines and 99% of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue! One single grape contained 15 pesticides and the average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food tested. That’s a lot of pesticides that we could avoid consuming by just adjusting our shopping list a little!
So what are the Dirty Dozen foods?
Underneath you will find a listing of the 12 worst offenders, ranking from most to least pesticide residue. However, if you wish to see other offenders EWG offers an extensive list of produce free for anyone to browse.
In addition to these there are also three other vegetables added to EWG’s Dirty Dozen Plus list.These three products contain, according to EWG’s research, trace levels of some highly hazardous pesticides. Leafy greens, more specifically kale and collard greens, along with hot peppers fall under this category.
What about the clean fifteen?
EWG’s Clean Fifteen, the produce least likely to contain pesticide residues, are avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. These fruits & veggies were found to have a low concentration of pesticides and had relatively little residue from pesticides on them.
2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
1 block of organic tofu, diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
3 green shallots, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 large red capsicum, diced
1 large corn cob, cooked
1/2 cup edamame beans
1 cauliflower, florets removed
4 tablespoons tamari (or to taste)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Chilli flakes (to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
Optional extras: 1 small head of broccoli, added with the carrot and capsicums. 1/2 cup of peas to replace the edamame beans. 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to replace the tamari. ½ cup chopped celery
One of the most common questions I get asked when coaching clients and when talking to people is how to cook up a fast fresh meal, especially during busy weeknights. This dish is your go- to busy mums (and everyone else too!). It’s so easy to make, packs a huge vegetable punch for big and little kids.
Fast Family tip: If you have a food processor all of the chopping can easily be quickly whizzed up in there.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Gently cook the tofu until lightly golden. Remove from the frying pan and set aside.
Add the last tablespoon of oil to the frying pan along with the garlic and the shallots. Cook until fragrant and soft. Add the carrot and the capsicum and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Remove the corn kernels from the cob of corn and add to the frying pan, along with the edamame beans. Stir to combine.
Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles ‘rice’. If you haven’t got a food processor you can grate the cauliflower using a box grater. Place the cauliflower into a nut milk bag or between a few sheets of paper towel to remove the excess liquid. Add the cauliflower to the frying pan and combine with the other vegetables.
Add the tamari, chilli, salt and pepper and combine. Stir in the cooked tofu. To finish add the sesame oil and combine. Serve.
Sarah Tamburrini, is a Health Coach and a Beautiful You Life Coach in-training. With a background in children’s occupational therapy, Sarah supports frustrated and anxious parents, helping them regain the health and wellbeing of their children by replacing sugar and ‘junk food’ diets with deliciously wholesome ‘real food’. Sarah’s got all the favourites (and more) cleaned up, ready to win children over! Join Sarah in her unwavering belief of food as medicine + recipe whizz skills + passion for un-picking picky eating, at Practise Glow. (http://www.practiseglow.com)
SG Organic is not only about fruits & vegetables anymore. We are working hard to make sure we can improve both our product ranges and with more lifestyle oriented changes, a new shop front and even a blog in the making! We are growing steadily and we would love for you to grow with us!
A new home for SG Organic
Our largest change for the first part of this year will be our new face outward to you guys. We have taken all the feedback we have gotten from our customers and are working hard to create a much more customer friendly shop that makes your shopping experience as easy and fun as possible.
When our new shop opens up it will be easier for you to spend your stored credit, find what you are looking for, see new products and much easier for you to take advantage of our standing order system as well!
We are even updating our delivery windows! A new, easier system will help you choose your delivery window, and new timings will help ensure that your order arrives when you are at home. Ready for you to cook and prepare for your lunches, dinners and juices for the next week.
Don’t fear the shift however! We will make sure to keep you informed about all the little changes to make it as easy as possible to transition to our new page. Keep an eye on our page, our social media as well as these emails from us to learn more about our new webpage.
Shop on the go!
Singapore is a connected city. And we want to connect with you. To make this easier we are slowly but surely working on an app to help you read, buy and grow with us.
The app will be ready at the end of March and will feature a lot of flash sales and special promotions for all of you. The new app will also have special offers that will only be available on the app. So stay tuned for more news about this exiting change and get ready to shop organic on the go!
Changes but still quality
All of our changes are aimed at improving the quality of the service we are providing for you. We are updating our boxes, bringing in new products and even having more flash sales. But all of this has just one aim: To make your healthy lifestyle a fun and rewarding one.
If you have any products you can’t find on our pages, special changes you wish to make to one of our boxes or any questions you may want answers to don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you bring even more wellness into your life!
Give the gift of wellness!
All of us here at SG Organic know how important good health is to you. We also know how important your family and friends are. That’s why we are now offering gift baskets for all those special occasions! The baskets range from $40 to $70 and are filled with fruit and chocolate.
Any gift box from us can be customised to suit your need, and we will wrap it all up in a woven basket for you. Decorating with a bow and a card. The card can either be generic or contain your own words to the recipient. Just write it as a comment!
We are also currently offering a special Prosperity Pack that can be purchased for only $13.88 (Normal price: $19). Containing two organic oranges and two Red Dragon Organic Ginger Beers that are the perfect gift for a Chinese New Year visit! It comes nicely wrapped on a wooden tray with a red packet inside containing a New Years Greeting.
So give someone you love a little bit of wellness as a gift this year! And if you want to customise the experience please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or give us a call at 9832 9814!
Our baskets can be delivered with other already placed orders without any extra delivery cost or it can be delivered and/or ordered for self-collection like any normal box
For the salad:
1 Red Capsicum
1 Head lettuce
For the vinaigrette:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
½ cup of fennel fronds
½ lemon juice
½ tsp of white pepper
You can add any other fruits or veggies you wish to your salad as well, but try to keep it light as the freshness might not work very well with items such as kumera etc. Add a pinch of lemon zest to the vinaigrette for that little something extra.
This was another recipe that came into being as a result of throwing away too many fennel fronds. It is a fresh, lovely salad with a, even fresher, light vinaigrette that works great with light spring salads of this type.
Start by chopping, combining and cooling down the salad in the fridge to keep it fresh and ready to serve. The salad can also be made a good while after the vinaigrette, as the vinaigrette needs to settle a bit before being served.
As for the vinaigrette you want to first make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting, as the mixture already can separate quite easily and the cold makes this more likely to happen often. Mix the ingredients together and either run them through the blender to mix the oil with the vinegar or put them in a sealed bottle or jar and shake well.
Once you have managed to blend the mixture together leave it for 1-3 hours before serving to allow the taste of the fennel and lemon to mingle with the vinegar and oil. Make sure you do not refrigerate it as the cold will just cause separation instead of allowing the different flavours to mix. Shake well and sprinkle a bit on your salad right before eating. Enjoy!
Tip: If you wish to test your vinaigrette before serving, tear off a small piece of lettuce and dip in the mixture. It gives a better idea of how the mixture will taste on the salad than just testing it bare.
2014 is over now and we are all venturing into a brand new year, 2015! And with a new year comes new experiences. For us here at SG Organic we have a lot of new experiences to look forward to. We are working on a new webpage, an app, new products, and much more! The first of these new changes to appear is this newsletter. Over the next year and in the future we will share information, special deals, recipe ideas and other useful tips and tricks for your organic lifestyle twice a month.
As our motto states we want to help you bring wellness into your life and share our little tips and tricks with you along the way. Just as our fruit and veggie boxes help create a variety in your diet we want to make an extra effort by sharing information and recipes with you here and through our social media accounts!
Now remember: We are not chefs, nor are we nutritionists. These are just a few of the ideas we have learned from friends, family and our own studies.
Heads up people!
We are getting in some new yummy fruit and veg this Thursday, so make sure to check them out! This is the best season for fruits, with sweet treats such as grapes, nectarines, dragon fruit and packham pears and rock melon and more! On the veggie side things are heating up with both chilli and green capsicum coming into stock again!
We won’t know for sure until the stocks come in, but stop by our online shop for your fruit and veggie fix! If you have any questions about possible fruits & veggies that you are interested in buying, don’t hesitate to send us an email, give us a call or talk to us via one of our social media accounts!
Let’s start of on a high note
New beginnings for many might mean New Year Resolutions, and it might also mean getting rid of that extra holiday weight that often mysteriously appears every Christmas and New Year (Still trying to figure out why! ). One way of starting 2015 the right way and keeping to a promise of a healthier lifestyle can be through a simple detox. Detoxing is a great way to remove toxins, fats and other resins your body are better off without. And when done right it’s super yummy! Why not try out the tasty detox juice we are sharing with you below?
For an even healthier detox, try to use organic products!
Use a coldpressed juicer to make the juice or add one banana and make it a smoothie using a blender.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beginning of the year with us.