Going Organic With the Help of Your Nanny
You worry about how what your kids are eating may affect their health long-term. Irradiated foods; genetically altered foods; foods loaded with preservatives, artificial flavors, and colors; produce treated with pesticides and herbicides; meat from animals that have been given growth hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals; etc. The science of food processing is proceeding more rapidly than is the science of the risks and benefits associated with food processing.
However, organic foods can be difficult to obtain in some communities. In most communities, organic foods are more expensive than their non-organic counter-parts.
Still, families are turning, more and more, to organic foods. Families have learned that going organic doesn’t have to mean entirely revamping the way you cook. It can mean shopping more selectively and refocusing some of your family’s food choices. What follows are some easy, healthy, organic snacks for your kids that nannies have used.
Buy organic cantaloupe. Slice into wedges. Remove rind and seeds. Wrap individually in wax paper. Freeze. Serve wedges like popsicles.
Buy organic bananas. Peel. Insert popsicle sticks. Wrap individually in wax paper. Freeze. Serve like popsicles.
Buy organic granola bars. Serve like candy bars.
Buy organic trail mixes. Serve like snack cereal.
Buy organic fresh fruits and veggies. Serve fresh from the fridge or dehydrated.
Buy organic apples. Dip in organic caramel sauce. Serve fresh.
Make homemade bread from organic ingredients. Buy organic peanut butter. Serve peanut butter sandwiches.
Make oatmeal raisin cookies from organic ingredients. Serve cookies.
These are but a few of the myriad wonderful organic snacks available to you and your family. The earlier you start your kids on an organic diet, the easier the transition will be. Once kids become acclimated to grabbing a soda pop and a candy bar as they jet out the door, it can be difficult to break that habit, as it is difficult to break any other habit. But even if you are starting later in your kids’ childhood, better late than never. You’ll be teaching them a way of eating, of living, that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives . . . and will likely be passed on to the next generation as well. It’s good for you, your kids, your grandkids, and the environment. So, buy organic and enjoy the many tasty foods in store for you!