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Healthy Child Healthy World, babycenter and Stonyfield have teamed together to better educate and encourage families to eat organic! The new Easy Organic Living group at babycenter is the perfect place to get information and rub shoulders with other families wanting to make the switch or veterans who can lend a hand and support. We also have a group of bloggers blogging throughout the next month or two about different tips, recipes and challenges to help move more families towards considering organic products.
The first challenge has focused on saving money in the way we purchase and consume the foods we already get and using that money towards organic products instead. Thus, the challenge is called Save a dollar here, shift a dollar there. I feel as though I already lean towards buying food in bulk, opting for water, and eating less meat, and I am learning to tackle whole chickens and being better at eating leftovers. Sometimes this means cooking less at a meal and other times it means setting aside and freezing a portion of what I cook when it’s freshly made to be eaten at a later time– most of our thrown away leftovers are a result of getting sick of eating the same leftovers for more than two meals. I do recognize now that I am paying closer attention to my shopping habits, that I need to be careful in how I bulk up, because sometimes I waste groceries if I don’t use the large amounts of a given ingredient before is spoils.
I buy certain organic foods, but do wish I could afford to switch more of what we consume to organic foods. My daughter’s milk has always been organic and I purchase organic ketchup, occasional produce, yogurt and other miscellaneous items. For the past week or so I have been trying to follow the tips below to save money than can be used towards buying more organic food and I will confess it’s going to take some practice! I think we get into our grocery store habits and when you have one, two, three children to juggle while filling the cart, it makes it harder to browse new brand, products or to search for organic options if you don’t readily know where they night be. When I went shopping last weekend to grab some things, one of the first things my husband grabbed were a pint of strawberries for my daughter. Not only are they on the “dirty dozen” list, by they are also out of season. And on top of this, they ended up being “tasteless” and disappointing. We do not have fresh organic strawberries available at the commissary we shop at, but I know that they have frozen ones available! New personal goal: try to spot one new organic item each grocery trip.
So my biggest challenge, living in a rural area, is finding a large enough selection of organic foods to switch over to. So this challenge has inspired me to find more organic products and choices at our grocery store and to be more proactive in asking if they are willig to carry certain other products if I discover I can’t find an organic option. They do have milk, bread, butter, yogurt, cheeses as well as most essential sundry items to choose from. Now I am inspired to see if I can find something they don’t! And the hope is, someday soon, that we will have the choice of more than one organic brand or product, but we will most likely be re-stationed before we will see that here.
My strategy for a whole chicken? I use my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker and it cooks up in the microwave in 30 minutes! I am a kitchen gadget and gear geek and Pampered Chef definitely has a strong presence in my stash of things, but my next goal is to learn and practice de-constructing a whole chicken in the the separate parts to use in cooking during the week as well. I plan on pulling out some of my cookbooks and checking out YouTube and Food Network online to tackle this next project!
Although we have new challenged for this blog tour ahead, I would encourage you to try the challenge yourself and I plan on pushing myself to continue this challenge since I always talk about wanting to switch to more organic foods!