To mark the launch of Organic Feed Your Happy Christmas and the Soil Association’s Organic Christmas Marketplace, we joined the ‘Organic. Feed Your Happy campaign’ for a festive organic feast, and to discuss why organic makes us happy over Christmas.
We asked our very own influencers to share the joy of organic with others the reason why organic foods feed their happy this Christmas.
Maria, longtime supporter of organic food at Maria’s Vegan Kitchen, is a big supporter of organic all year round, but especially at Christmas: “Organic food takes me back to my roots, closer to nature, closer to how things are meant to be. The feeling of happiness is born from sharing this wholesome, natural food with my friends and family, as another way of showing gratitude and love.”
Christmas is, truly, all about gathering, celebrating and being grateful for who and what you have around you – yes, and the chocolate too.
“I know I’m nourishing myself and my family in the best possible way. Christmas and food are huge to me and my family and knowing my food is organic and tastes the best it possibly could is the icing on the (Christmas) cake” (Zoe – Aloha and Coffee)
Choosing organic is an easy way for you and your family to avoid pesticides, additives and preservatives, is always free range and has the highest standards of animal welfare.
As Meredith from Food at Heart suggests, eating organic makes it much more likely that our planet will be able to support the production of this lovely food in the future: “Organic food makes me feel happy as I feel good eating food grown and made with love (and I think it tastes better too!)”
“I like to buy organic food at Christmas because it makes me feel happy to know that I’ve made a choice that is better for my body and the environment. I can make delicious treats for all of my family to enjoy and know that I am giving them good quality food.” (Rachel – Healthy and Psyched)
When you eat and share organic food, you can virtually taste the happiness!
“Because organic is simply the best, and Christmas is my favourite time of the year – so it only makes sense to have the best quality food for the best holiday ” (Anna – @messylittlevegan)
“By using local organic products, not only are you helping the community surrounding you but you also increase the quality of the dishes you are serving to your friends and family. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Quality is key!” (Sara – Sara’s Healthy Kitchen)
Organic food is food as it should be and whenever you see the organic symbol, you can be sure what you buy has been produced to the highest standards.
- There are fewer pesticides used in the food we eat.
- We avoid additives and preservatives in our food.
- The food we eat is always free range.
- There’s been no routine use of antibiotics or any GM ingredients.
- We think it tastes great too and that makes us happy.
“Buying organic means that I know that my food is free from chemicals and has been grown responsibly. It is one of the ways I know I am keeping my family safe and that makes me happy” (Mairi – Ginger Vegan)
Organic foods have higher nutritional value than conventional food, according to some research. The reason, as suggested by Lesya from Having Time: “In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the phytochemicals (vitamins and antioxidants) that strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds. We are what we eat, so choosing wisely is also a show of self-respect”.
I buy from the local markets so I know it is sourced locally and supports farmers and growers this time of year. It is also in season, fresh and so full of flavour.
(Ayten – @eatnourishlove)
Organic Christmas is big across the world, as Marisa from Miss Marzipan proves:
We celebrated our first organic Christmas in Sweden in 2008 and it was the first year I felt as though we (my husband and I) had really contributed something new and positive to the family food tradition here. The food we made for the “julbord” (Christmas table) was organic and we purchased organic food gifts for the family for the first time too.
Sweden is a country that loves its traditions, and going organic is an easy way to keep the classics, yet serve them up in a wholesome way, while respecting both traditional culinary culture and provenance of ingredients.
How can you make your Christmas more organic?
This Christmas you’ll find lots of tasty organic food and drink to choose from: all you have to do is head to your local supermarket, health shop, or you can try a box scheme or visit a farm for a day out!
This article is written as part of the Organic Feed Your Happy campaign.