Learn how to dish up healthy organic meals for your kids. Choose food items that are grown without pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives and chemicals. Opt for items that are not genetically modified (non-GMO) and that have been grown without synthetic fertilizer. Sidestep potentially harmful foods and make wise choices. Look for organic apples, strawberries, spinach, eggs, milk and yogurt. Armed with some organic meal suggestions, you can start adapting an organic diet for your kids by making a healthy change.
Start the day with an organic blueberry coffee cake made with yogurt, blueberries and pecans. The streusel topping is also organic, made with butter free from pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics, natural date sugar and cinnamon. Plan ahead and have a pre-made spinach frittata made with organic eggs and spinach that can be eaten cold or heated. Add a glass of organic pomegranate juice and a fresh fruit salad. Combine bananas, grapes, papaya and mango or blueberries for a colorful mix.
For the lunchbox or bento, pack an organic wrap. Combine greens, cheese and nitrate-free turkey wrapped in a rice or whole-wheat tortilla. Try a carrot or broccoli soup for cold days with cheese and crackers. Add a dried fruit-and-nut trail mix blending sunflower seeds, pumpkin seed, cranberries, dates and raisins or apricots. Include yogurt with agave syrup and a thermos of organic soy or almond milk.
Between meals, satisfy the hungriest kid with an organic snack. Instead of peeling a conventional apple so it loses nutrients, slice an organic apple with the skin. Spread each slice with soy nut or almond butter and drizzle with agave syrup. Dip organic carrots or jicama (crisp, sweet edible root) and pita strips in hummus. For snacks on the go, make a trail mix that includes mini organic honey whole wheat pretzels.
When dinnertime rolls around, dish up an organic vegetable lo mein with tofu or chicken. Start with organic thin, whole wheat or spelt spaghetti mixed with sautéed garlic, onions, carrots, broccoli, edamame and bean sprouts. Combine the lo mein and vegetable mix with a soy sauce blend that includes sesame oil, cilantro and fresh ginger. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
Roll Out Dessert
Kids can't resist dessert. For warm summer nights, serve organic chocolate-dipped frozen bananas on a stick or cool organic mixed berry parfaits. Alternate a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with vanilla pudding and top with a dollop of nondairy whipped topping and sprinkling of homemade granola. On cool winter nights, prepare an organic apple crisp made with gala apples, cranberries, sliced almonds and a dusting of ground flax seed. Sprinkle with muesli topping that includes agave syrup for sweetener.