I received an email from a very nice homeschooling Mom of two sweet boys with multiple health problems ( who is on a tight budget) asking for some advice on how to go organic. Here was my response:
So sorry to hear the rough news about your son. I'll be praying for him!
First off, if you can qualify for food stamps, the Farmers Markets accept them. When we lived in _____, we went to the one there on Wednesdays. Even if the produce there isn't labeled "organic", most of the farmers don't spray anything on their plants. We'd ask.
I heard a pediatrician say that if you can only change one thing in your child's diet to organic, that you should switch them to organic milk. I guess milk contains the majority of pesticides and artificial hormones.
I'm sure the doctors have mentioned that a high fiber diet would be helpful for your son. Oatmeal is an inexpensive high fiber breakfast. We eat ours with raisins and cinnamon and then sweeten it with brown sugar or honey. We buy it loose in bulk as it is cheaper than individual packaged.
If you ever go to ______, they have a food co-op that sells oatmeal, rice, whole wheat flour, popcorn and other things in bulk at a lesser price. They take food stamps too, if that's applicable.
Here's a recipe for wheat bread you asked about.
Other than these suggestions, I'd try to serve your boys "real" foods as much as possible. Raisins and carrot sticks instead of boxed "fruit" snacks, 100 percent juice instead of kool-ade (actually our kids usually just have water and then milk once a day) and pay attention to the ingredients and avoid potentially dangerous ingredients.
Here's an interesting article on the subject:
Hope this helps,
And what do we serve for lunch, On Fire? Leftovers from dinner the night before, nitrite free hot dogs or turkey dogs, grilled cheese, yogurt, crackers and cheese and carrot sticks, peanut butter and jelly, egg salad... just about anything you'd normally eat for lunch can be organic-fied.
Thank you for your lovely questions. I am by no means the queen of organic. Theres a bin of Turkey Hill Chocolate peanut butter ice cream sitting half empty in my freezer right now. We do what we can and indulge a bit on the conventional side...