Have A Happy Green and Non-GMO Thanksgiving!

Only a day away from a favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, it’s still not too late to green your Thanksgiving day routine and eliminate as many GMO (genetically modified/engineered) ingredients from your meal.

Photo: Environmental Working Group

If you have already bought all the fixings for your meal, you can feel pretty safe if you bought bought all organic foods and none that were pre-packaged or canned, i.e. turkey, potatoes, vegetables, pumpkins, stuffing, etc.  If you’re headed out to shop today check these helpful guides or download the iphone app so you can make healthier choices.

Realistically, the cost of an all organic Thanksgiving meal can easily be more that what most can afford like the organic 10-12 lb. turkey I considered buying last year for $78 which would have broken my budget for the entire meal!  With cost being important and chemical-free being equally important you can at least reduce the amount of potentially toxic chemicals from your meal.   Buying all organic vegetables may not be feasible on a tight budget so consider buying organic for the 12 veggies that contain the most pesticides like apples, celery and spinach.  Click here for the Environmental Working Group’s complete list as well as an iphone app. If you want to do even more for your health and show support for labeling GMOs there are several corporate food giants that manufacture supposedly “natural” foods that contributed heavily to defeat Proposition 37, “Right To Know”, which you can avoid buying.  The Cornucopia Institute offers a list of the “good” food companies vs. the “bad” ones, like Monsanto, Pepsico, Coca Cola, Kraft and General Mills just to name a few.  Click here to find which “natural” food brands to avoid.

Now that you have all your ingredients ready for a healthy Thanksgiving meal consider greening your holiday routine in your kitchen.  You have probably already eliminated the toxic cleaners and soaps from your kitchen so think about food preparation.  What are you using to cook your meal, how will you store the leftovers and what about reheating those leftovers for another meal?  Refresh your routine with tips for a green holiday kitchen by clicking here.

I hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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