When I was a kid, my mother would send me to the greengrocers for fruit and vegetables. It was almost all seasonal.
Except for bananas and oranges, just about everything came from the local farms, or at least within the county. and without celebration or fanfare either. No ‘locally grown’ or ‘organic’ labels back then.
This had a number of advantages. Produce was generally fresher. Everything was loose in any case, so you could pick out for yourself what you wanted.
It meant that you got fruit and vegetables at the peak of their ripeness, and probably at their most nutritious, save for picking them from your own garden.
It also mean that you got to look forward to certain items at certain times of the year.
I would look forward to new potatoes, to fresh peas, runner beans. I always looked forward to summer fruits. They were always a little more expensive than regular apples and oranges, but one certainly didn’t hand over a fistful of notes for a small carton of berries as one usually does in the supermarket these days.
Tomatoes, and other salad items were a summer treat too. We simply didn’t have salad in the winter, as their were no perfectly red round and totally tasteless hothouse tomatoes back then.
Actually my parents had a small back yard, and my father would grow runner beans, and tomatoes, for which he would sent me to the local fields with a bucket to get manure. Still, that’s another story for another time…
Under 20% of kids eat the recommended servings of three or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Nearly half of parents say their kids eat one serving on none at all.
Many snack products from major food processing companies are marketed as ‘healthy options’ or as ‘low fat’ or with ‘added fiber’ etc.
Think you’re doing your kids a favor by giving them ‘low-fat’ chips? Perhaps it’s very slightly better than regular chips, but it’s still stacking up some extra fat they don’t really need;
extra salt they shouldn’t require, and perhaps in a way most importantly, they have very little nutritional value.
Really you’re wasting your money – after all, isn’t food meant to sustain us, and in the case of children in particular, help them to grow?
Why not give them easy to eat fruit instead? An apple, a banana or clementines? They all all good sources of fiber, vitamin C, and minerals.
Encorage your kids (and yourself!) to eat more fruit and veggies by having them around the house in bowls. You’ll all be more inclined to eat your dinner too, if you snack on fruit after they come home from school, as it won’t spoil your appetites.