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Yummy Earth

The BEST lollipops ever and one of Ava’s favorites!!! There are several flavors or you can opt for the vitamin C pops!  They are even Organic!   Yummy Earth has their own website or you can always find them on Amazon.

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I am a regular at Costco and despite the fact that it is ALWAYS busy, I most often enjoy my visits. As time passes I am noticing that they are carrying more and more organic options at much lower prices than the grocery store; chicken, eggs, animal crackers, peanut butter just to name a few. This week I was excited about two new finds at very reasonable prices:

flax-seedOrganic Cold Milled Flax Seed– I have been buying whole flax seed which then had to be ground up right before use and immediately eaten. What a pain but great for all those omega-3’s, brain food for Ava! Now they have found a way to pre-grind it without releasing all the “good stuff” and it keeps in the cupboard for 22 months! Yah so easy to use that Ava gets her daily does regularly!

snackFreeze Dried Fruit Snacks– My friend Mariah has been feeding these to her daughter for months and at last I found them at our store! These are all natural, no sugar added dried fruit snacks, conveniently packaged in 1 serving pouches perfect for the diaper bag! They come in an assortment of apple, Asian pear, banana and strawberry.

Now Costco  just needs to start carrying organic produce and organic whole milk and I will be in heaven!

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Is feeding a baby supposed to be this difficult or am I totally over thinking the whole thing? Don’t answer I know it is the latter but that is me, I am an over thinker by nature.

I did not jump on the whole food, organic train when it hit the northwest several years ago. When I had Ava however, I reconsidered my own eating habits and thought about what exactly I wanted going into her little body. Thus far Ava has had a mostly organic diet. I believe that the less processed our food is the better but at the same time, I have a monthly food budget that the organic world could totally through off balance. So what is the deal? Where should my priorities be?

I decided to do a little research on-line and see where exactly the highest levels of pesticides, hormones and other toxic ingredients are found: I read several articles but the site with the most information and descriptions of how they tested was the environmental working group.

If you do choose to buy organic dairy and meat should be the priority, of course the most expensive items. It makes sense though; you are what you eat right? All those hormones and antibiotics right into your food…yuck. I have actually noticed a difference in appearance and taste!

As for produce the EWG put out a list of the dirty dozen; produce you should by organic. They also listed produce less likely to be affected and alright not to buy organic.

dirty-dozen

Good news: they have found no real benefit to organic food such as; cereal, pasta, flour and bread!

Local organic farms or Co-Ops tend to have lower prices than larger grocery stores. We are lucky to have a great Natural Food Co-Op right down the street. Plus you never have to worry if you are in the right section, it is all organic!

The bottom line is that you can buy into this organic kick or not there is no scientific proof of what these chemicals do to our bodies or our children’s over time. The research is on-going and pesticides are regulated to an extent. The pro-organic groups search for connections to cancer and other health issues and then there are the non-organic companies working to prove them wrong. Good Luck finding answers. I guess my answer is: Why take the chance? But I am not going to be crazy about it either. Not everything Ava eats will be organic and not everywhere we go will have organic options…and that is perfectly alright!

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