Organic September by Pheobe Wharton, Nutritionist at The Harrison Clinic
This month we’re celebrating Organic September, which aims to raise awareness of organic foods, brands, products and farms who bring theses amazing sources of organic food to the UK.
It’s important to state that all organic food companies and farmers are inspected yearly to ensure they meet the strict regulations and high standers required to be classified organic. Therefore you can be assured that when buying organic the foods contain no artificial additives or preservatives, contain fewer pesticides, conform to a high standard of animal welfare and contain no genetically modified ingredients. The Soil Association has said that by switching just one food item to organic can help contribute to changing our food system for the better.
So how can I get involved?
5 ways to Organic Your September
1. Back to School – Research has shown that lunchboxes are the most challenging for parents to keep healthy and organic. Here are a few simple ways to make a lunchbox colourful, tasty and fresh whilst being nutritionally balanced
*All children have different nutritional needs therefore these approaches should be adapted to suit your child’s individual nutritional requirements*
– Babybel have released a fully certified organic range while keeping their famous flavour.
– Organic carrots, cucumber, peppers and courgette sticks are the easiest way to switch your child’s lunchbox to organic. Add hummus to increase flavour and nutritional value. Best of all it doesn’t cost a lot!
– A cold pasta salad is a perfect low cost lunch which can be made in bulk. Organic vegan pesto’s, fresh coriander, sundried tomatoes and peppers are available nationwide. Meat can also be organic so you can add chicken or salmon to the dish, just look out for the important logo!
– Organic berries (fresh or frozen) with organic yogurt can be a healthy desert as well as something sweet in your child’s lunchbox.
2. Breakfast- The most important meal of the day and also one of the easiest to be organic.
– Peanut Butter and Banana overnight oats
– Avocado on seeded bread with free range poached egg.
– Porridge is so diverse and creative, you can enjoy creating new porridge recipes and also get your children involved. Here are some examples
• Turmeric Porridge (40g organic oats, 1-2 tsp. turmeric fresh or ground, 150ml organic almond milk, oat milk, brown rice milk or your favourite milk. Topping of choice (honey or grated apple goes very well with this dish)
• Fruit and nut porridge (40g oats, 150ml milk of your choice, handful of blueberries, handful of raspberries, 6-8 almonds, tbsp. chia seeds, tbsp. pumpkin seeds)
• Savoury avocado and egg porridge (40g oats, 150ml milk of choice, half an avocado, one free range poached egg, season with black pepper)
3. Visit farms and local stores- Farm shops and markets are the best places to buy organic foods, giving you the opportunity to ask framers about the foods and how they are harvested. This also increases awareness of other foods on offer so you can experiment with meals and widen your taste pallet, plus a great place for the children.
4. Grow your own- even the smallest balcony usually has space for a pot or two, or even the kitchen windowsill. Herbs are perfect for growing on windowsills and tomatoes and green beans are perfect starter vegetables to grow in your outside space. This not only saves money, its’ fun and once again is a perfect opportunity for children to get involved.
5. Check the foods you buy and check your cupboards!! – You may already be buying organic without realising. All certified, organic foods will show a logo .