You Don’t Have to Cook to Snack Organic

As I sit here munching on my not-oreo Organic Tasty Sandwich Cookies, it occurs to me that many people don’t eat organic because it’s too much work.

Well let me tell you, I’m With You Sister! (or brother, you too!)

I remember a time, a long long time ago, when cooking was a wonderful and creative hobby of mine. Why I spent a whole day once making a chocolate tart from Cook’s Magazine and liked it!

Oh yes, those were the days.

Enter child, special needs, homeschool, husband with ADD, dogs, house, laundry……..

But I never changed my tune. I didn’t care how the food got there, but I did care what was in it.

I know what it’s like to peruse pin boards for yummy healthy food, pin it, and never look at again because I don’t have an hour and a half to make homemade granola bars with organic chocolate chips.

Wait, what? I didn’t hear that….. oh! My brain just said, “Why reinvent the wheel?!”

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You can buy these organic snacks at Target!!!! Oh yes you can!

Do you already know that Target has at least one organic choice in almost every food category? Maybe you just don’t want to spend the extra money?

Can I ask you a question? Can you start thinking about what is going into your child’s body? It’s hard, I know. Denial is a beautiful place to live.

But imagine this. Imagine those waving fields of oats growing on the farm for as far as the eye can see. Now imagine a crop duster flying over the field spraying the chemical 2, 4-D on those oats. And according to the agriculture sites I studied, the optimal time to spray is in the fall. Well those oats are nice and grown by the fall. Not a lot of time for that 2, 4-D to wash off before harvest time.

You may remember 2, 4-D from my post about GMOs.  That is a chemical in Round-Up which also contains glyphosate.

Evidence is mounting by world health organizations and Universities like MIT, that these chemicals are destroying vital gut-bacteria and are responsible for more diseases than we can count. Things you would never think of. From ALS to Autism, Food Allergies to Lupus, and, by exposing ourselves to these chemicals, we are actually making it easier for other chemicals to do damage to our cells.

There are more organic choices than you can imagine out there. You just have to agree to make a change. And yes. Maybe it will cost you a little more. Maybe even a dollar more a box. And maybe something else in your life will have to get the pennies pinched? But isn’t it worth it? Isn’t your child’s health worth it?

When we were kids I couldn’t even say there was one child I knew with Autism, there wasn’t one child I knew with a nut allergy! Now…well now there are more than I can count.

This isn’t evolution my friend, this is a systematic poisoning of our bodies and years of adding chemicals to the chemicals already destroying our bodies.organic snacks eco eats

Make a change, even if it’s a little one!

Here’s a list of easy organic snacks you can buy on Amazon! Got prime? You get free shipping too! (if you can’t see the list, turn off adblock!)
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I wrote this post before being asked to participate in Green is Universal’s Eco Eats Challenge. But we are so sympatico I am happy to use this post to promote the challenge! Join in, have fun, maybe even win something! (click here to read my last eco challenge post)

And while you’re here visit some of the other great bloggers participating in the project, maybe you’ll find a recipe, learn a short-cut, be inspired!

Here’s some bizness:

“Are you interested in ‘eco-eating’? NBC’s Green is Universal is hosting an “Eco Eats” sweepstakes from September 29 – October 17. To join, visit their free green-living tool, One Small Act, and join the “Eco Eats” challenge. Everyone who signs-up and tackles at least one action by October 17th will be entered to win one of five 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox. No Purchase Necessary. Must be US resident and 18+. Read official rules here.

Note: In exchange for participating in the challenge and writing this post, I was given a gift package from Green is Universal. All opinions here are still my own.”

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Be The Weird Family on Your Block

Believe it or not, Isaiah and I were laying in bed the other night when we had this conversation.

“Mom, we’re never going to make a difference”

“Of course we will my love.”

“But mom, we’re the only people I know who even care about GMO’s and eat organic.”

“That’s not true baby, we know a few other people who care. You know when you were born (9 years ago) I had to order organic formula from California. It was the only place they distributed it! Now you can buy organic formula at Target!

It’s important that we continue to make these decisions, because by making these decisions we’re telling the grocery stores and mega-conglomerates what we want. So that also means supporting new grocery stores when they start to sell organic by buying from them too, then they know they’ve made the right decision.”

“I know, but what about when we bring food places, like when we go to Auntie Suzette’s house and you always say this is organic. And then you whisper to me what I can and can’t eat. I think people think we’re weird.”

“You know what Isaiah? The wisest people always seem weird until people start to agree with what they’re talking about. You should feel proud of the fact that we have made the choice to eat healthy and take care of ourselves. You and I, and lots of people we know, have immune issues that are worsened exponentially by the pesticides we can’t control, at least when it comes to eating we can control that.  So many people don’t realize that food allergies are an immune reaction, when you were 2 you had 12 life-threatening food allergies. Now you have 3. I couldn’t control what went into your body when you were growing into a baby, but I could control it once you were born. As best as I could you were on a completely organic diet. Now you have 3 life-threatening food allergies. I’d say we made a huge difference!”

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Sometimes caring about GMO’s in your diet, and eating only organic can make you seem like “The Weird Family.” I get it. Because that’s us. When we had a Cub Scout cookout a few weeks ago I brought our own hot-dogs and buns because there are some things I won’t compromise on, even outside the house, and beef is one of them. I know some of the families who don’t know me well were looking at me funny, but even more asked me, why? That’s the best thing that can happen. I will happily share with them why. I am happy to tell them about the changes in our nations health since we have created stronger pesticides, GMO crops, using plastic for everything. I am happy to explain to them how easy it is to make the change, and why giving your child organic snacks is one of the easiest changes to make!

Being “The Weird Family” also means that we are on the frontline of change. That we might be able to make a difference to one family, or in the big picture, to have a larger voice when fighting the large corporations who insist that toxic pesticides are the answer.

organic snacks eco eatsFor the month of October I will be participating in an exciting project by NBC’s Green is Universal called One Small Act. They contacted me after reading my post on GMOs, I was already planning to dedicate the next few months to the very critical topic of why you need to eat Organic and understand GMOs for your family’s health. And to focus on the research that shows that Immune Disorders, Food Allergies, Autism, Sensory Issues and many other health issues are directly related to the food we are eating and the chemicals we are exposed to. Joining the “Eco Eats” challenge is such a perfect fit that I was happy to be part of the project and hopefully reach more people in the process.

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Here are the posts of others participating in this challenge, check them out!

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The business I have to tell you all about:

“Are you interested in ‘eco-eating’? NBC’s Green is Universal is hosting an “Eco Eats” sweepstakes from September 29 – October 17. To join, visit their free green-living tool, One Small Act, and join the “Eco Eats” challenge. Everyone who signs-up and tackles at least one action by October 17th will be entered to win one of five 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox. No Purchase Necessary. Must be US resident and 18+. Read official rules here.

Note: In exchange for participating in the challenge and writing this post, I was given a gift package from Green is Universal. All opinions here are still my own.”