The radio and TV presenter, and mother of three, has your guide to an organic family lifestyle
Sara has launched Organic. Feed Your Happy, a campaign to celebrate and share the joy of organic food.
“I made the switch to organic food in 2003, during my first pregnancy. Like most women, being responsible for the nutrition of a little person for the first time focused my mind on what exactly I was putting into my (and their) body. My mum taught me about good food and looking after yourself and I want to do the same for my kids.”
“When I was a model, so many people had a difficult relationship with food, surrounded by girls who were size 6 or 8. With my own daughters, I just want them to think ‘a little of what you fancy does you good’. Not stuff with lots of chemicals and additives.”
And that’s the importance of organic food. The kids, she says, will automatically go to the fridge and help themselves to strawberries or whatever’s inside – naturally they won’t wash it but, Sara says, at least she knows there’s no risk of nasty pesticides.
BBC Good Food has released a new survey revealing that a staggering 36% of British parents lack the basic knowledge required to pack their child a healthy lunch for school.
The NHS is assisting with this issue by advising on what constitutes a healthy lunchbox. It says the base of the meal should be starchy carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes or rice. Include fresh fruit and veggies, a good source of protein, a sugar-free drink and a low-fat, low-sugar side dish.
Sara’s parents prepared her for the responsibility of parenthood and providing her children with healthy meals.
She grew up on a farm, with a father who had a great deal of respect for the welfare of his animals, and a mother who always cooked fresh, hearty food. This normal, healthy attitude towards food is something she thinks is highly beneficial in a family lifestyle.
Sara’s tips for choosing organic and feeding your family
- Start small – just add 1 or 2 organic items to your shopping basket. Organic meat and fish do cost a little more so try to make them a treat and add more vegetarian meals to your weekly diet.
- Shop for what your budget allows and cook in bulk. Cook extra portions for your evening meal so you can have it for lunch the next day, or freeze them so you have some homemade ready meals on tap.
- Keep an eye out for offers on organic brands in store and online (there’ll be lots in Organic September). End of day markdowns can make for great savings – but be sure to only buy the foods you actually want and will use!
- Try an organic delivery box scheme.
- Plan your meals using foods that make you feel happy. Creating a list of meals for the week goes hand in hand with that shopping list you’ve made. And it’ll help you feel much more relaxed about cooking for your family as you’ve already thought ahead!
- Look for the organic symbol – Soil Association or Organic Farmers & Growers.
Sara Cox launches #FeedYourHappy, a campaign to celebrate and share the unadulterated joy of organic food – when you eat organic, it feeds your happy – fewer pesticides, always free range and no artificial colours and preservatives. Sara is encouraging the nation to join in and share their favourite organic foods and meals at #FeedYourHappy