Welcome to Family Friendly Fridays! Today I’d like to talk about our kids and educating them about the food they eat.  We take for granted the food that we bring into our homes.  Now I am not talking about food we get in the supermarket on the shelves, I am talking about real wholesome food purchased at farmers markets, orchards and farms.  Farmers are some of the hardest workers out there!  I grew up with strong values and respect for farmers and I want my girls to have that same respect.

I am very passionate about involving and educating my girls about where heathy food comes from!  I strongly believe that by involving them they will understand the importance of healthy organic food and carry this important lesson into their adult lives.  What a gift this is to give to your children!  Here are five activities that we do frequently to help better educate them about wholesome, healthy food.

 

1.  Spring is here in Wisconsin and strawberry picking is right around the corner.  Since my girls have been able to walk, we have visited a strawberry patch several times a year.  It is so much fun to get out into the fields and pick some fresh, juicy strawberries.  We also pick sugar snap peas, and raspberries while we are there.

Strawberry Picking

 

2.  Another fun activity that our family enjoys is going to the local orchard in the fall.  We get pumpkins, apples, pears, squash and so much more.  We actually head out in the orchard and climb the ladders and pick some apples.  This again has been a family tradition for many years in the Cottis household!

Apple Picking

 

Here is a short video of us enjoying picking apples…so much fun!

 

3.  Another activity is going to pick up our grass fed beef.  We have gotten our beef from several farmers and we always make sure to check out the farm (and butcher), to see if the meat is up to our standards.  What kid doesn’t enjoy going to a farm and seeing animals right?  Check out these beautiful grass fed cows!  Yep, they are eating grass all right! :)  We also get our free range chickens (yes they are running all over the place eating bugs and grass), and our organic eggs from the Amish farmer next door.

Grass Fed Beef

 

4.  We head to another farm to get our raw milk.  The country side is so beautiful that I have no problem making the drive.  I would much rather drive an hour for clean wholesome food, then spend an hour in a crowded grocery store!

Raw Milk

 

5.  We are also very active in growing our own organic food.  My girls have learned so much and really appreciates all the hard work that goes into bringing our harvest to the table.  They help with the weeding, the planting, the watering and the harvesting.  I can truly say that my girls have become excellent gardeners and it is something the whole family enjoys doing!

 

This might seem like a lot of work to get food, but I am hear to tell you, it is not!  When you involve your family, it is fun time and family time.  You are building memories and teaching lessons!  We are taking a drive into the country to get some fresh air and to learn about how things should be and how they once were!  My girls never say “I don’t want to go to the farm mom” but always say “ahhh mom, I don’t want to goto the grocery store”, and I don’t blame them.  Enjoy the countryside, enjoy nature, enjoy educating your children about the purer times.  You won’t regret it, I promise!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes I created from visiting the farms and growing our own food.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Grass Fed Burgers                               Raw Sour Cream                           Organic Pesto                                 The Best Strawberry Dressing

         

get recipe                                 

 

This post was featured on Monday Mania, Melt In Your Mouth Monday, Homestead Barn Hop, Hearth & Soul, Traditional Tuesdays, naptime creations, Kids in the Kitchen, Real Food Wednesday, Frugal Days, Whole Foods Wednesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday 2, Healthy 2day,Simple Lives ThursdayCreative Juice ThursdayRural Thursday,Fight Back Friday, Freaky Fridays, Frugal Fridays


PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Your support keeps this blog running and is greatly appreciated. AMAZON DISCLOSURE: The owner of this website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com. DISCLAIMER: The content on the blog Whole Lifestyle Nutrition is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. I am not a medical professional and the information contained on this blog should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or health illness. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented here.

Join the Conversation

17 thoughts on “Family Friendly Fridays ~ Five Fun Ways To Teach Your Children About Real Food!”

  1. Manisha Ung says:

    Thank you Halle for sharing this with us, its great!

  2. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Your welcome Manisha :)

  3. Jennifer Perez says:

    This was wonderful to read and so necessary and helpful!! Thank you!! Great job!

  4. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Thanks Jennifer

  5. Jennifer Hestwood Kruger says:

    Great advice/tips for a parent struggling to teach these values!

  6. Tracy Carver says:

    When I’m making supper or fixing lunches for my little guy, he now comes up to me and will ask, “is that healthy?” The cutest part is when he’s eating something healthy that he really likes. Then he says “Oh, That’s so healthy!”

  7. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    OMG Tracy that is so cute! My girls kind of do the same thing…lets have a healthy snack mom! Love it, we are their biggest influences and I am glad that they are making the right choices :)

  8. CarrieCookeRaab says:

    When I see all your beautiful photos, it makes me want to move to the country. I keep telling my husband I want to live on a farm so we can grow our own food.  Thanks so much for sharing your heart and love for wholeness with us at Kids in the Kitchen! We appreciate you! Blessings to you and your family :)

    1. hallecottis says:

       @CarrieCookeRaab You are so welcome :)  I started co hosting a blog carnival on Wednesdays (Whole Foods Wednesday)…stop on by and link up if you’d like!

  9. CookingladyBell says:

    Wow, your girls are learning some great info to follow them through their life and their having fun. There is such a big difference between city folk and country folk LOL! love the post

    1. hallecottis says:

       @CookingladyBell Thanks, I am taking it that you are a city girl?  Now we are very close to a city, but still have the luxury of wonderful farms :)

  10. cklueh says:

    Great ideas! Does seeing the cows that become the beef freak your girls out? Our cat brought a baby bunny to our porch, that we saved. My 3-year-old wanted to know why the outside cat had the baby bunny. “Are they friends?” I told him she was going to eat the bunny, and she hunts for food. This brought up the animals are meat discussion, which freaked him out.

    1. hallecottis says:

       @cklueh Oh my goodness, I have to say I got a little chuckle reading your comment :)  Sometimes they do get a little freaked out (especially with the chickens), but they are troopers.  Thanks for sharing your story

  11. ALifeinBalance_ says:

    Love the ideas! We pick our own strawberries, peaches, and apples. I haven’t taken the kids to a working farm yet. Definitely something we need to do this summer.
     
    My kids also love helping in the kitchen. They’re not eating everything we make, though they enjoy helping with the cutting and mixing.

  12. BeyondThePeel says:

    What a great movement I see happening to get kids involved and learning about natural real food. Thank you for your inspiration and thanks for coming by and sharing it at Whole Food Wednesdays.

  13. What a great way to involve your kids in sourcing healthy and delicious food, and teach them healthy eating habits for life! 

  14. Wow…It’s really awesome…My Father too takes me to the farm and teaches me about the healthy food. It’s really of a great fun to go farms and have a healthy and happy environment.

Add Comment Register



Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *