This is a good campaign.
It's an important campaign.
You should get involved.
It's all about good food for children - and who doesn't agree with that? Last year Organix worked with The Soil Association on the Out to Lunch campaign which took restaurant chains to task about junk on their kids menu. And this No Junk campaign is another rung on the ladder towards better food for kids.
What you do is this: you pledge to feed your family real food for a week. Real food that contains ingredients like 'tomatoes' instead of polymonoglockenspieldioxide*. The idea is, you read the label before you buy something and if it's got waccy sounding stuff in it, you ditch it.
It's blindingly obvious why this is a good idea for your family, but what is perhaps less obvious is that signing this pledge is a powerful thing to do. Why? Because the plan is to start a food revolution. Organix is calling for the government and the food industry to do their part too and it will be helpful to point out how many parents feel strongly about this. We want tough controls on salt, fat, sugar and artificial additives. We are all starting to realise the stuff that has somehow become the norm in kids food and I think I'm right in thinking, that parents have had enough.
So, I’m right behind the campaign and will posting more about it next week, including some easy, easy no junk recipes. I've already taken the Organix #nojunk pledge and thought I'd kick things off with this spirit lifting recipe - Yogurt Topped Raspberry Flapjack. A nice little reminder that things don't need to be full of crap to be good.
And also a reminder that healthy food can be EASY. As I like to say, it's about convenient food not convenience foods...
So, this tasty little number is not junky because:
- It’s not got much sugar in it. Just a teaspoon in the topping and then honey in the flapjack. About a ton less than most shop-bought flapjacks...
- It’s got fruit in it. Fruit = good.
- It’s got nice, slow-release energy oats too.
- It’s very quick to make – just mixing, baking and a little smearing. We made during the 'grumpy hour' after school - that's how untaxing it is.
- It uses frozen raspberries, meaning it’s okay to be eating raspberries in April and that you don’t have to have fresh ones in.
- The kids can make it.
Yogurt Topped Raspberry Flapjacks
1. Mix together 300g oats with 150g very soft butter and 100g honey.
2. Press half the mixture into a square cake tin (which you’ve lined roughly with greaseproof).
3. Crumble over a handful of frozen raspberries and then cover with the over half of the oat mix.
4. Bake for 20-25 mins at 180 degrees.
5. When it’s cool-ish top with about 150g of thick Greek yoghurt (I used 0% fat) with a tsp. of icing sugar stirred through it.
This is a commissioned blog post, full of things I fully support and think.
* I may have made up polymonoglockenspieldioxide...