Archive for August, 2010

5 Myths about Organics

Posted on: August 26th, 2010 by admin No Comments

Organic foods seem to be sold in most grocery stores these days. However, have you noticed that they only occupy a small section of the entire store? According to the Nutrition Business Journal, organic food sales grew 5.1%, yet organics still remain only a small portion of overall grocery sales. There are many misconceptions out there that may be preventing consumers from even attempting to delve into the world of organics.

Myth #1: Organic foods will cause me to gain weight 

While organic foods have been shown to be more nutritious, there is confusion as to whether organic treats have less calories than their conventional counterparts. Let’s be honest, organic treats have just as many fat and calories as conventional treats. Treats are still treats. But the Organic Trade Association says that most organic shoppers are buying a lot of low-calorie produce (38% of total organic sales) over calorie-laden treats. Furthermore, the OTA states that they do not see a link between obesity and organic foods.

Myth #2: Organic labels are just a marketing ploy

For foods to obtain the organic label there is a long and extensive process. The USDA has national standards that went in to effect in 1990 with the Organic Foods Production Act. Products marketed with this organic label have met consistent and uniform standards. These foods come from farms or operations certified by public or private entities accredited by the USDA. These facilities are free of irradiation, genetically modified organisms, pesticides and other nonsynthetic substances.

Myth #3: Organic foods are not safe

You still need to wash your fruit and vegetables. But organic food is free of hormones, chemical waxes and sanitizers. They are not genetically modified and have often travelled less distances to get into your hands. Organic food producers pride themselves in providing a safe product and accountability for their foods.

Myth #4: Organic food is more expensive

We often think just because something is organic it must be more expensive. At Pepper Place market a few weekends ago, a friend paid $5 for a small box of 6-7 peaches. At the grocery store, she may have paid about the same price!

In previous years, organic products may have been much more expensive. However, the amount of organic foods in the supply chain has increased dramatically in recent years. This increase has driven the price down and has become more competitive to conventional products. According to Barbara Haumann, senior writer/editor for the Organic Trade Association, she reiterates: “In reality, it is possible to buy organic foods in season in certain markets at comparable prices to nonorganic products. The point ignored is the true cost of the food we eat.”

Myth #5: Natural is better than organic

While natural is a term, when compared to organic, that some may associate with better flavor, lower calories, or just plain healthy. We may think that natural and organic are the same or even that natural is even more nutritious. In reality, natural products have no set standards and may be grown and processed differently than organic products. The USDA organic standards are stringent and strictly followed.

Fun Back-to-School Lunches

Posted on: August 15th, 2010 by admin No Comments

School is starting in the next few weeks for many families. It starts this week for mine…we have a new Kindergartener and a growing up little 3rd grader. Many kids often come home with sandwiches left over or items that we have a sneaky feeling were thrown away unfinished at school. Let’s get our kids excited for what is in their school lunches! Our goal is for our kids to get a healthy lunch but to feel what they’re eating is really cool and hip like their classmates. One of our favorite lunches is turkey and cheese rollups (with or without a whole wheat tortilla), Annie’s cheddar bunnies, cut up fresh fruit, an Honest Kids juice box, and just one Paul Newman’s chocolate cookie or maybe just a few Yummy Earth or Annie’s gummy bears/worms. Another idea might be to send last night’s leftovers in a BPA free thermos. It will keep their Annie’s mac and cheese or even cut up Applegate Farms hotdogs warm for up to 5 hours. Throw some Sour Cream Pirate’s Booty in there or one of our favorite TLC chocolate and coconut granola bars just for fun!

The key is to think outside the box for your child’s lunch. Anything they think would be super cool to eat at school, Wholesome can ALWAYS help you find an alternative. When my son wanted a Go-Gurt in his lunch, we sent him with a Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt squeezer. When my daughter wanted a Jello Pudding snack in her lunch, we sent a Kozy Shack chocolate pudding. When they both wanted oreo’s I sent them off with Newman’s Own version. When they wanted Crystal Light packets to add to thier water, Hansen’s packets & Cliff Kids splash were our #1 choice. Instead of the typical neon orange Cheetoes that grace most lunch boxes we sent thier new version called Cheetoes Naturals. The kids thought they were all super delicious and didn’t know the difference so their lunch became fun and they didn’t feel like the ‘odd man out’!