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.
How can you be organic this September?
*Everyone has different nutritional needs therefore these approaches should be adapted to suit your individual nutritional requirements*
1. Back to School: 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! 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
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 . So look out for these logos.
Phoebe Wharton, Nutritionist at The Harrison Clinic