With rising food prices it’s easy to see why many families are struggling to cook a healthy meal. It’s much easier and cheaper to buy chips and put them in the oven rather than sitting down to a nutritious meal. Saying this many new mothers are very concerned about what they give their children to eat, 70% of baby food is now organic.
Organic food is much smaller in comparison to non-organic food because they are pumped with growth hormones to make them grow bigger and faster. Although there is no scientific evidence to say that organic food tastes better and is more nutritious, it’s more of a lifestyle choice. There are some foods that have shown to produce more mineral and antioxidants such as vitamin C, these are potatoes, kiwi, carrots, lettuce, spinach and cabbage.
How much does organic food cost?
Organic food is expensive; it costs about 10 – 40% more than non-organic food. You pay more because the food contains no artificial colours, flavouring or growth hormones, more care and time is taken on organic produce to make sure that it is chemical free. Natural methods are used for pest control unlike pellets that can harm small pets if eaten.
Just because organic foods cost more don’t be put off by the price. There are ways to make most food last longer organic or not. Put vegetables in the drawer of the fridge to make them last longer, wrap herbs in newspaper and also put in the fridge drawer. Put potatoes in a lined basket of newspaper to make them last longer. Most importantly, only buy what you need, make a weekly food plan so food isn’t wasted.
Grow your own organic food
If buying organic food is still too expensive, with careful planning you can grow your own. There are ways to grow your own vegetables even if you have a courtyard style garden. Many places now sell grow bags that have natural fertilisers that allow you to plant in the bag without the need to transfer into pots or the soil. You can even make your own grow bags by using leftover food as compost, the natural minerals and antioxidants in food will help fruit and vegetables grow naturally. Potatoes are the easiest to grow as they grow under the soil and you can dig them up after just a few months.
There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own organic food, it’s cheap, easy and tastes much better too, give it a try and share your tips with the growing organic conscious community.