The mother-of-three recently told People that she is “pretty strict” when it comes to not letting her kids Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6, eat junk food.
She isn’t “a freak about it” (her words, not ours) though, as she doesn’t want her kids binging on it as a result of not being able to have it at home. For the Garners, it’s more about moderation and making sure that there’s a “rainbow of flavours and of foods,” as Jennifer put it.
It’s no secret that Jennifer Garner is a fan of healthy food. In fact, she’s the co-founder of the organic baby food line Once Upon a Farm, so she knows a thing or two about wholesome ingredients. In fact, one of the farms where her company—which sells the cold-pressed baby food packets in the refrigerated section of grocery stores nationwide—harvests their ingredients is the farm her mother grew up on in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. Garner’s Uncle Robert is the farmer there now and is getting ready to grow persimmons, kale and blueberries for Once Upon a Farm.
Once Upon a Farm is basically baby food full of all the best nutrients and flavours of homemade baby food but for people who simply don’t have time to make it. “This is as close to homemade as you could possibly find,” Garner said.
The Hollywood beauty also shared some tips about how she gets her kids to eat healthily.
“I think growing your own food helps,” she says. “When I was a kid, I didn’t like tomatoes, but then my mom grew cherry tomatoes, and if I picked them straight off the vine, they tasted so good. My oldest didn’t like blueberries until we had blueberry bushes. Now in blueberry season we take colanders down every night and they bring their friends over and we pick.”
Another golden tip is one from her mother’s book. During dinner time, Jennifer leaves fresh chopped veggies out while she’s finishing the main meal.
“My mom always said that if the house is smelling good and everyone is hungry,” she says, “your kids will get their veggies that way by eating a bunch of raw broccoli and carrots and tomatoes.”