Get Fruity! It’s Good For You!

Get Fruity

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.

Fruit & Vegetables

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.

Food Choices In A Recession

Organic food tends to be more expensive than non-organic. That’s a fact.

So, if you need to save money, should you quit eating organic produce?

Not if at all possible.

Unfortunately, the most highly processed food, is often the cheapest, and is also most often the least nutritious too. So, although, you might be shaving a few dollars from the grocery bill, if you’re feeding your family junk food, you’re not doing them any favors, and you’re really simply wasting your money.

Cut back a little on portion sizes. Most of us eat too much in any case.

If you really cannot get or afford organic produce then buy non organic local produce at least. The fresher the better. Explore road-side stalls, and farmers markets.

Remember too, that supporting local farms helps support your own local economy. Also learn what is in season, and try to buy produce that is in season at the time of purchase. It is often cheaper, and often tastes better, as it’s more likely to be naturally grown, and not forced in a hothouse.

Some examples os seasonal foods: June is the best time for onions; July thru October for tomatoes, and October for sweet potatoes.