Amajor;focus;of;our;homeschool this year has been on the sub- ject;of;eating.;Growing;up with little or no instruction on
healthy eating, I wanted to give my chil-dren;the;benefit;of;knowledge;about;how
I realized that we had started getting
into some bad eating habits. The older
children had started some late night
(mostly junk food) snacking, and the
younger ones were starting to ask for
My husband and I were concerned
about the trend we were seeing and real-ized;that;the;only;way;to;stop;it;would;be
to transition these foods out of our home
and;replace;them;with;healthy;alterna-tives, all while staying on a very tight
budget. Here are the things we did, as
well as some suggestions about how you
Start by choosing one meal category.
In our case, we chose breakfast. To take
convenience breakfast foods, make
whole grain breakfasts, eggs, homemade muffins, and whole fruit and veg-etable;smoothies.;Some;of;these;options
Making muffins, oatmeal, or cinnamon
replace;junky;ones.;Some;of;our;favor-ites are cheese, muffins, vegetables, and
For dinner, start serving salads with
every meal. Add in whole grain bread
or rice, vegetables, and less meat. For
the vegetables, try to stick with fresh or
with some of the frozen vegetables; the
almost always include unhealthy ingredi-
ents. Drink water with the meal, and save
milk for a snack time.
Lunches are always a bit of a challenge.
If you need some convenience foods, se-lect;organic;pizzas;or;organic;crusts;and
lunch meat without additives. Prepare
several cut vegetables at one time for use
throughout the week.
When we started on this journey, I
the grocery store and serve higher qual-
ity food. Here are some of the things we
lon per day, and I could not stomach
fessionals suggest that we not consume
content, I learned that my children were
content with less.
grocery store and serve
higher quality food.