Parents constantly make every effort to give their kids the best start early in life. Their goal is to provide them with the nutrition they need to grow healthy and strong. However, kids just want what tastes good in their palates. Nutrition is not in their vocabulary yet, which is why most parents are in constant “battle” with their kids to make them eat the organic healthy foods parents believe are good for them.
Organic foods are generally healthier and more nutritious than non-organic foods. Nutritional research reveals that, on average, organic food has higher levels of vitamin C and essential minerals. And according to Welsh research, organic milk has 64% more omega 3 fatty acids (FAs), most behavioral problems in children being alleviated when parents switch to organic milk, and that organic milk (compared to non-organic milk) may help lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
So this leaves us with the question, what are some organic healthy foods for kids?
First, take the food for health food pyramid as your guide. All the types of healthy foods you want to give your children are there. When you go to the organic food section in the grocery store, you will notice that some of these items are labeled organic and non-organic. In order for you to know you are truly buying organic foods, look for the USDA Organic seal. This seal certifies that the food product is at least 95% organic and that the farm where the organic food is cultivated or raised has been inspected by a USDA staff to ensure that the state organic rules are strictly followed.
The second most important thing to be aware of is the look and feel of the organic foods you are buying! Here are a few tips to help you choose the right organic healthy foods for your children:
A dead give away is the difference in color and texture of fruits and vegetables. It is natural for organic fruits and vegetables do not appear as colorful as inorganic ones. Many chemicals and artificial processes are used to make non-organic fruits and vegetables in the grocery store look extremely vibrant. Another way to ensure you’re giving the right organic healthy foods to your kids, check that all organic fruits and vegetables are firm and free from blemishes and bruises.
Also, ensure that organic milk is not as white and creamy as inorganic milk and is packaged in bottles or UTC cartons. Fish should be in its natural form, with fins and scales, and harvested from mercury-free environments.
Give your children fresh fruits for snacks and more vegetables in their meals. If possible, serve as little meat and animal food dishes. Remember, organic healthy food is best. Start encouraging them to eat more raw food, because cooking and most food processing methods destroy more than half of the nutrition in food.