Wednesday, April 6, 2011
In the garden
I think no childhood is complete without having a home vegie patch. To dig in the dirt, plant the seeds, rip out the weeds and of course, taste the vegetables straight off the plant. There is no better way to educate them on understanding where their food comes from.
I feel strongly about our connection with food and the value of it in our lives. I try my best to feed our children as healthily as possible. It is one of the very best gifts that we can give to them.
Once upon a time, I used to buy quite a few processed foods. I used to make cakes and dinners from scratch, but would buy biscuits, pastry, bread and a bottle or two of soft drink a week. Takeaway food was several times a week. The process of moving to a healthier diet was a gradual process. I read a number of books...started a vegie garden in the rental we were in at the time and started going to farmers markets.
Nowadays I cook most things from scratch - bread, dinners, cakes, biscuits, pastry and desserts. At the moment this is all I can manage - but I would like to add to this in the future. I've come to see the health benefits. I feel we are much healthier as a family...rarely sick these days. When there is no junk in the house, the kid's will eat what is there. Good, simple food cooked from scratch. Vegetables straight out of the garden. It is a never ending challenge really. Being busy can put things on the back burner. But I do try and make this a number one priority in our life.