Why I'm supporting the Organix #NoJunk Campaign
I've always been passionate about feeding my family healthy food, but when I'm busy, tired and disorganised it's too easy to resort to ready meals. Once in a while it's OK, but they quickly get used to the high sugar and salt making it harder to get them back on home cooked food.
Getting involved with the No Junk Campaign has opened my eyes to the high sugar, salt and additives in many of the 'harmless' foods we eat. So, I'm taking part in the No Junk Challenge from 28th April - 2nd May, one week of feeding my family 'natural' foods with ingredients I can read. I'm going to do this by:
- Meal planning - I swear by meal planning - one week of meals, making a shopping list and sticking to it. It saves me time, money and helps us eat a balanced diet.
- Cooking with the kids - My 5 year old will eat anything but my 3 year old is so fussy but if he helps me cook he's eats better. It makes a mess, but he's more important.
- Reading labels - ever read the labels of simple foods such as bread, cereal and yoghurt? They are surprisingly high in salt, sugar and additives. If I can't find a 'cleaner' versions I'll make it at home or we'll go without.
What is the No Junk Campaign?
Organix is launching the No Junk Campaign to encourage parents to cook with fresh natural ingredients (check labels and if you can't read an ingredient don't use it!) and to challenge the food industry to remove the ‘junk’ from children’s food. Organix wants to talk to government about children’s food and challenge the food industry, to make it easier for families to shop for healthy foods.
No Junk Campaign Pledge
The online pledge gives people the chance to show support for ‘no junk’ in their children’s food. You can sign the pledge at www.organix.com/nojunk
What is the No Junk Challenge Week
The No Junk Challenge aims to help families to reclaim healthy eating by pledging their commitment to No Junk and to say ‘yes’ to healthy, natural and simple food for the family. From 28 April to 4 May, parents will pledge to feed their family using real ingredients and will try to avoid foods with artificial colourings and flavourings, or foods high in added salt, fat and sugar.