A few months ago when I heard our local dietitian Jen speak at our school (her presentation was so excellent it changed the course of my parenting) she gave some incredible tips on how to choose healthy brown bread. She tossed 4 loaves of bread into the crowd of parents and asked us to pick which we thought would be healthy. Some of them looked the equivalent of white bread and some had titles like ‘7 grain’, etc. We all selected the healthiest looking bread, but of course the titles were deceptive. Isn’t it incredible to think that certain brands of brown bread are nothing more than white bread with ‘molasses’ listed as an ingredient because that is the ingredient that actually ‘dyes’ the bread? You assume that whole wheat is taking care of darkening the color of bread, but in actual fact, you cannot tell by the color of bread or by the name if it’s a nutritious choice.
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I’m just going to say it, and I’m fully expecting to hear your gasps from my computer chair… I don’t think I’ve ever bought organic food and I know I’ve never looked to see if a food item is produced locally. There, I’ve said it and I feel SO much better.
When I decided to ‘green’ up my family, I was already on a mission to educate myself and improve my kids’ nutrition. My sons are always asking me to cook with them and my response is “mommy isn’t cooking….I’m heating things up!” I really only make Shepard’s Pie from scratch…. everything else is heated or broiled in/on the stove. I know changes need to come.
I’ve recently been SO inspired after listening to an amazing speaker, a nutritionist named Jen, who specializes in children’s eating habits and nutrition. I’ve already started begging her to contribute to this site, as her message needs to be heard. She touched on key points during her presentation of small things you can do to improve the large nutritional picture for your family. Topics like what ingredients to look for on the packaging of brown bread, the importance of Vitamin D for kids, the top worst foods we feed our children, and when it’s important to buy organic. I was glued to the information she was presenting and I only wish I had attended her presentation 4 years ago. I would have done many things differently in my house….
To kick start healthier habits for my clan, I’m excited to learn that my local Farmers Market begins in early May. Canadians can check out their Farmers Markets via this site and Americans, click here. I am so excited to start weekly planning of fresh, local, organic, food and will be prioritizing this activity to the top of our busy list. Weekends are pretty jammed packed with activities, birthday parties, church, but I think the kids will enjoy selecting and learning about where their food comes from. They are already big fans of farms, so it won’t be hard to start the dialogue of why it is so important to support local farmers and reduce the carbon footprint that importing all our food increases. Local food doesn’t have to travel far, so this reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials
These are the foods that Jen recommended are bought organically. While I’m at my Farmers Market, I’ll have this list and be on the lookout for some of these local, organic products. Thanks for this Jen!