When to Spend the Money for Organic?

Yes, buying Organic can be expensive, but the trick is knowing when it’s actually necessary to spend the extra money. 

Those listed under the “Always Buy Organic” heading tend to be heavily laden with pesticides, while those on the “Non-Organic is Okay” list are not.
Those that are okay to buy conventionally tend to not need pesticides, due to the natural protective properties of the plants that ward off insects(such as in onions and cabbage) and/or have a thick protective layer that the consumer peels away before eating.
If buying a leaved vegetable, always peel away the outer layer of leaves to ensure removal of the bulk of pesticides and debris.

This doesn’t, by the way, mean that it’s okay to skip washing your fruits or vegetables(even when you buy organic!).

Keep a spray bottle of full strength vinegar next to your kitchen sink. Spray each vegetable or fruit(even those that you peel – remember that bacteria can be transferred to the fruit during the peeling process) and wash before eating.
This helps remove surface debris and safely kills germs.

Print and keep this list in your wallet when shopping, so you can refer to it regularly, and save money.

When should you buy Organic? + tips for safer produce, from YellowTurtleFitness.com

 

In-Season Produce Throughout The Year

It has now been a full year since I began posting monthly in-season produce infographics, with their nutritional and health benefits described. They started out very simple last June, and became much more elaborate as time went on. So you’ll see the style change a bit when looking through them all.

These images have been passed around Pinterest and Facebook like wildfire, and have been incredibly popular with you guys. So I have decided to put them all on one page  to bookmark for your year-round convenience. You may find them below.
Enjoy!

 January  ||  February  ||  March   

  April  || May  ||  June   

 July  ||  August  || September  

 October  ||  November  ||  December  

seasonal fruit

One Thing At A Time To Reach Your Goals

One Thing At A Time To Reach Your GoalsMany people make the mistake of trying to make too many changes at once.
Rather than attempt a complete lifestyle overhaul overnight, focus on one change at a time, big or small.

When only one new habit change is attempted per month, success rates can be as high as 80%.

However, when people are ambitious, and attempt more than one change simultaneously, their success rates drop to below 20% per habit.

By focusing on a single habit change, you have fewer distractions, and more available motivation and willpower to propel you towards success.

Be specific and realistic about the goal you choose, and write it down for best results.
If you need help establishing what is realistic, and need methods to get you there, consult a lifestyle coach or trainer that specializes in your needs.

Recipe: Mediterranean Style Orzo Stuffed Peppers

 

Orzo Stuffed Peppers recipe from YellowTurtleFitness.com

These Orzo Stuffed Peppers are a great option when it’s too hot to cook, and you want a light, healthy, easy to make dinner.

It’s best to pre-make the orzo at the beginning of the week, so the mixture has time to cool(and for the flavours to “meld”). You just scoop out enough Orzo mixture to fill a fresh cut bell pepper whenever you need one.

 

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small package of whole wheat Orzo pasta(approx 4 servings worth), cooked according to package’s directions, then cooled
  • 2 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/2 of a seedless English Cucumber, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 of a red onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 6 large bell peppers, any colour

 

Directions:

  1. In a large container with a lid, combine all ingredients listed above EXCEPT bell peppers, mixing gently with a silicone spatula.
  2. Place container in refrigerator to cool, and for proper flavour, let the flavours meld together for at least 6 hours.
  3. When ready to eat, wash and clean out seeds from bell peppers, saving the top of the pepper for garnish.
  4. Fill each pepper with orzo mixture and serve.

Each filled pepper is approximately 300 calories. Could be a little more or less, depending on what happens to be scooped in when filling it up. Makes about 6 peppers.

 

Orzo Stuffed Peppers recipe from YellowTurtleFitness.com

What are the Health Benefits for May’s In Season Produce?

From improving your looks to improving the eyes that do the looking, May’s fresh produce is an assortment of very low calorie, but high impact, fruits and vegetables.

Vote for your favourite May produce in the poll below!

Which Fresh Produce Is In Season for May, and What Are The Health Benefits?