Yet even as you move along slowly, aiming to help your family members get used to how much organic produce looks far different (your family may say not as appealing) as conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, you’re coming across some solid push back:
- “It’s ugly!”
- “That banana is brown and icky looking!”
- “HOW much did you pay for this beef?!”
Your family is balking big time and you feel you may have a conventional vs. organic food mutiny brewing in your home.
Keep the Uprising at Bay With These Four Tips
Switching from conventionally grown and raised food can be a process, especially for youngsters. To help you make the transition easier for your family members, take a look below at four tips we’ve compiled.
- Introduce your family to organically raised beef first.
Who doesn’t like a great hamburger or steak? Start with organic beef and other meets and when your family mentions how delicious it is, tell them it’s organic and it tastes better because it’s organic. (Add that it’s also more nutritious; your kids won’t care, but your spouse will.)
- Once they know that tasty beef is organic, start introducing organic produce and vegetables.
If you have children in the family, you may want to make sure all vegetables are cooked because organic potatoes, beets, broccoli, etc., don’t look as “pretty” as conventionally grown produce: they can be oddly shaped, not the “right” color, and so on. Cooking the vegetables (or making apple or strawberry pie with organic fruit) serves to camouflage their appearance.
Let the family know the vegetables/fruits are organic and, once again, smile as they tell you how tasty and delicious the meal is.
- Now that they know organic produce is delicious, take the fruits and vegetables out of hiding.
You may want to find produce that is of the same shape, color and size as possible, at least in the beginning in order to help your family members adjust to organic produce’s variety. If a child mentions that the banana, for example, doesn’t look right, offer her a slice from the organic banana and one from a conventionally-grown banana in a blind taste test. Chances are good she’ll prefer the organic banana’s flavor.
- If a spouse or partner is worried that organic food is more expensive, go shopping and do a price comparison.
Performing a side-by-side comparison could well end up with a partner who is pleasantly surprised.
Bottom line? It may take a while to get a family completely sold on organic food, but patience and a plan will soon get you well on your way to incorporating much more organic meat, dairy and produce in your family’s diet.