Growing Organic Kids

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This topic has come up in conversation a lot lately.

How do you get your kids to eat such healthy food?  

You see, my kids now only eat their vegetables, they love them. We eat handfuls every day, and I think a lot of that has to do with the major changes we have made in our diet and the source of our food. 

The honest truth is, my kids eat farm to table every day. After we started gardening a few years ago, I’ve noticed a huge difference of fresh produce they eat.IMG_9823

It’s a well-known fact that produce grown in your garden (or a small local farmer) tastes better than the mass produced ones in the grocery store. The flavor is richer and bolder. It’s something you can tell in the first bite. They also love participating in the harvest. They go out there with my husband almost every day to pick any ripened veggies.IMG_9822

Eating Organic can be pricey, which is why we started the garden for ourselves. But for the other things that we indulge in, we always spring for the organic options. I’m so glad that some of the big brand name companies have created organic options for consumers. Even necessities like ketchup. We’ve been getting the Heinz® Organic Ketchup since it was first introduced.IMG_9824

One of my favorite meals is a simple cheeseburger. You can’t beat it. The other day we made Turkey Burgers, and my kids asked for seconds! We served them up with sauteed vegetables. We love Heinz® Organic Ketchup because not only can I pronounce everything on the label, all the ingredients are certified organic.

My girls help plant our vegetables with their dad. We start our seeds in recycled seed starters and then transfer them into the garden. We mix our soil with compost and the tomatoes just explode to life. Most years, we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. There is something about enjoying the fruits of your labor that is so rewarding.tomatoes

We will continue to plant our garden every year together as a family. We are teaching our girls the benefits of fresh food, and they are learning a dying skill, gardening and farming. The kids also come with me to the farmers market to find produce and other products that we don’t have in our garden. They get to learn about a wide variety of new foods that they don’t normally get to see. 

My hope is that my girls grow up as “organic kids” that know where their food came from and how it was produced. That they strive for organic options to keep them healthy and happy later in life. 

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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