Freshening Up the Family Menu
I have a problem. I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but here we go: I'm addicted to convenience foods. I am a lazy cook -- plain and simple. I like meals that are quick and easy and don't require a whole lot of work on my part. In other words, meals that don't need to be made from scratch. If I were cooking just for myself, I might be able to continue this cycle of frozen pizzas and pasta dinners without much guilt. But considering I also have to feed my husband and daughter, I know I need to change my ways for the sake of our health.
So I have resolved to start making more trips to the farmer's markets in my area. My first trip was an eye-opening experience for the whole family. We are so used to buying frozen and canned vegetables that it was a shock to see that nearly half the square footage of the market consisted of fresh, unpackaged produce. Most of the produce was both local and organic, and I couldn't help but wonder what the heck took us so long to make the trip.
It was a stark contrast to the sterile grocery store aisles we peruse every week. But it wasn't until my daughter made a comment that I realized the full effects of my bad eating habits on my family. With her typical, four-year-old innocence, she said "Mommy, I only like corn from a can."
At that moment, I decided that was it. No more canned food. No more frozen veggies. I want my daughter to know where vegetables come from. And I'll never forgive myself if I don't teach her now.
Do you have any bad eating habits that you're trying to change? Have you overcome an addiction to convenience food? I'd love to hear your tips and comments!