Healthy mama Gwyneth Paltrow is currently promoting her new cookbook, It’s All Good, which offers low-carb, gluten-free recipes. But while she tries to encourage clean eating on a daily basis, the mom-of-two admits that she lets her kids – daughter Apple, 8, and son Moses, 6 – cheat on occasion.
“I tried to start them off with all of the right foods, but as they got older, the lure of Oreos and cotton candy outweighed the lure of carrots with hummus. And that’s all a part of childhood and I love Oreos too, so I completely understand,” Gwyneth wrote Thursday in her Goop newsletter. “I try to make sure that what is on their plate at home is nutritious and tasty, and then I loosen way up on the reigns when we are out.”
She continued: “They love a brown rice stir-fry, but they also love their ‘Coke of the week’. My daughter gravitates toward fresh fruit and raw nuts but will inhale a bag of hot Cheetos at the airport. It’s all about balance.”
The Academy Award-winning actress — married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin since 2003 — said she often cooks with her kids. “I always saw the kitchen as a place to acquire a vast practical knowledge,” she said. “My son, in particular, is extremely into it.”
“I’ve included my kids in the kitchen from almost the time they were born. They were always strapped to my back when I was cooking or nearby in a highchair watching and banging spoons,” she shared. “From very early on, I encouraged them to participate and let them do ‘dangerous’ tasks such as cracking an egg or stirring something carefully over heat, and they always felt proud. Later we started doing math with measuring cups and ounces.”
Describing herself as “an insanely busy working mother,” Gwyneth added that if someone in the family wants to eat something that’s on the “restricted food or allergy list,” she is “all about finding my way around an obstacle.”