You need to take charge of your home and what foods are allowed into it. But what I mean by “Healthy eating begins at home…literally” is grow your own healthy foods. It doesn’t take a lot of space to plant some veggies, berries, herbs, etc. Hubby has a stressful job and gardening has become a great stress reliever for him. It’s even given him and the younger two kids a wonderful bonding experience. I missed a great photo op today of Daddy picking tomatoes with his little girl but did manage to photograph some of what they picked while it was still on the vine.
Last year we had beans, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflower, several different kinds of herbs, peppers and I don’t remember what else. This year we have 4 different types of tomatoes, 3 different types of peppers, grapes, collard greens, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, and herbs in the front yard, in front of the house, on the side and in the back. The 3 year old will eat all of the cherry tomatoes if we don’t keep an eye on her. She even grabbed one of the peppers and with tears in her eyes listened to me as I told her they were hot….though a few minutes too late!
It’s not only teaching them to eat healthier but it’s teaching them about growing their own food which is also environmentally healthy and economical. Of course there is also the wonderful bonding time, too.