Hubs and I are on a serious mission this year. We are trying to eat even more fruits and veggies, most of them fresh.
Recently for lunch we had a lovely salad made from organic spring salad mix, roma tomatoes, organic carrots, cucumbers and some organic ranch dressing. For a touch of added protein and flavor, I added some diced chicken.
It was divine.
Why don’t we eat more of them? I really don’t know. Perhaps sometimes its easier to just grab a handful of ritz crackers and slather them with peanut butter for lunch. Guilty as charged. Perhaps the lettuce has already sat there in your fridge, ahem, a tad too long and has begun to wilt. It happens to me too. Or perhaps you’ve sworn off fruits and veggies because of too many instances of tossing yet another pile of mushy, overly ripe and/or wilted produce. I’ve been there. At times, I have literally felt sick thinking of all the wasted money that I’m throwing or have thrown into the garbage can, not to mention the nutritional value that was forfeited for the sake of convenience.
Any of these reasons sound familiar? I’m nodding my head vigorously and sheepishly raising my hand. I have been guilty of all of these reasons, and if I were honest and had the time and space, I could sadly add quite a few more pathetic reasons as to why I don’t eat my veggies.
On grocery day, my shopping cart is now filled with leafy greens and I cannot be more happy. Phooey, I feel healthier just pushing the the thing around. People are smiling at me even. Now granted, it probably had more to do with the two adorable kids—an adorable hunk of a boy and a precious, pudgy baby girl—in the front of my cart and less to do with the heaping mound of a garden in the back basket, but I enjoy pretending it has to do with both the front and the back. Produce makes everyone smile, right?
However, I do not want to find myself tossing a bunch of precious produce at the end of this week as I have done in the past.
So I am trying to prep and wash as much of my fruits and veggies as I can.
I made an organic fruit and veggie wash to help make this healthier step in our lives even simpler and safer for us.
It was so easy. Three ingredients.
(Yes, I seem to be drawn to three ingredient recipes. I’m not sure how that happens. Ha!)
1. Squeeze an organic lemon.
Your lemon does not have to be organic if you so choose. A regular lemon would work just as well and would actually be a bit more cost effective too. I chose to use an organic lemon to have my cleaner be the best it can possibly be, especially since it it not in my budget to have all organic produce. I can at least clean them all with an organic produce wash.
Once you have squeezed out one tablespoon of juice out of the sliced lemon, add it to your spray bottle. The mouth of the spray bottle was on the small side and I had to improvise. Now I was pouring in style.
2. Measure a bit of vinegar.
Measure 2 tablespoons of vinegar and pour it into your spray bottle with the lemon juice.
3. Add some water.
Add a cup of water to your mixture and screw the cap on.
4. Mix well.
Shake the bottle to distribute the ingredients and mix everything really good. Label your bottle so that everyone knows what it contains and how to use it. You may choose to add the ingredients and the date that it was made.
5. Mist produce.
Now that your fruit and veggie wash is made, you are all set to begin washing that pile of produce that you just purchased. Lightly mist each piece of fruit and vegetable prior to eating and/or cooking and rinse well. Easy, right?
And you’ll have no excuse for not eating them.
Here’s a printable recipe for those that might want it.
- 1 Tbsp organic lemon
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Once you have squeezed out one tablespoon of juice out of the sliced lemon, add it to your spray bottle.
- Measure 2 tablespoons of vinegar and pour it into your spray bottle with the lemon juice.
- Add a cup of water to your mixture and screw the cap on.
- Shake the bottle to distribute the ingredients and mix everything really good. Label your bottle so that everyone knows what it contains and how to use it. You may choose to add the ingredients and the date that it was made.
- Lightly mist each piece of fruit and vegetable prior to eating and/or cooking and rinse well.
How do you clean your produce? Just scrub under running water or soak? Buy a fruit/veggie from the store or do you make your own of sorts? Tell me. I’d love to hear.