Gwyneth Paltrow may be a controversial celebrity, but there's no denying the fact that she's a foodie. She has three cookbooks: 2011's My Father's Daughter, 2013's It's All Good, and 2016's It's All Easy. Since she has two kids -- 14-year-old daughter Apple and 12-year-old son Moses -- it makes sense that she would talk a lot about kid food, family dinners, and what to feed children.
For a time, Gwyneth Paltrow was gluten-free and talking a lot about healthy food, and many people associate the whole gluten-free movement (or at least its popularity in the media and pop culture) with the actress. These days, her website Goop has a lot of information about food trends.
Moms know that feeding kids can be hard and that figuring out new recipes to try that are more interesting and nutritious than the junk food or fast food fare that kids typically like is a whole thing. Why not look to this famous foodie to see what we can learn from the way that she feeds her children?
Here are 10 things that Gwyneth Paltrow feeds her kids that moms can be inspired by, and 10 things that they want to avoid doing.
20 Inspired: Family Dinners
Something else that Gwyneth does that moms can be inspired by is making family dinners a thing.
It sounds like she and her kids sit down for dinner quite a lot, especially given the fact that she has written three cookbooks and they all talk about doing just that. Although every family is really busy these days and there isn't always time for the dinner hour, moms know that it's a good idea and that it's truly nice to hang out together at the end of the day and before the evening truly begins. Every mom can agree that this sounds like an amazing thing to do.
19 Avoid: Red Meat Seems Okay
Gwyneth Paltrow doesn't eat red meat. It's something that she writes about in her cookbooks and has also talked about in interviews.
While of course someone can eat or not eat whatever they want and they should never have to explain themselves, some moms might think that feeding your kids red meat (as long as they like it and want to eat it, of course) is a good idea. We don't know if Gwyneth's kids eat red meat, but Apple is a vegetarian and since GP doesn't seem to cook red meat very often, maybe Moses doesn't either. Red meat does have protein and it's an awesome source of iron. It's definitely okay to eat sometimes.
18 Inspired: Goodbye To Processed Food
Something that Gwyneth Paltrow wrote in a blog post is quoted quite a bit: "I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup."
While that might be kind of an intense and extreme way of putting it, can you really argue with the fact that processed food is bad for you? Not really. Because it's super unhealthy.
If she's committed to feeding her kids healthy food and wants to limit the amount of processed food in their meals and snacks, all the power to her, and that's actually a really good idea. There are so many other things that kids can be eating.
17 Avoid: Being Strict
At the same time, it doesn't seem like the best idea to be strict about anything about parenting, including food.
There are many moms who work full or part-time and are so pressed for time that sometimes, processed food does make it into mealtimes. And that's totally okay. It's nothing to feel bad about. Nothing is going to happen if you pick up a jar of tomato sauce from your local supermarket and make that for dinner along with some pasta and cheese, or if you rely on a few shortcuts. Moms definitely want to avoid being strict about food and how they feed their kids.
16 Inspired: Cooking More At Home
GP has three cookbooks and her website and lifestyle empire GOOP, and by now it's super clear that she cooks at home quite a lot.
Anyone can be inspired by someone who makes the effort to cook at home a lot of the time, and moms can absolutely be inspired by this. While everyone has busy lives and schedules and a home-cooked meal isn't always on the table (literally), it's something that is worth striving for. Even if it only happens a few times a week, that still counts, and that's still a great accomplishment to be very proud of. Cooking at home means eating healthier food pretty much automatically.
15 Avoid: Going Gluten-Free
It also sounds like Gwyneth had her kids be gluten-free for a while and, as The Daily Mail reported, she said in her cookbook It's All Good that doctors and experts say that most people should be gluten-free.
We've heard by now that you don't have to avoid gluten unless you have an allergy or intolerance, so it doesn't seem like the best idea to have kids be gluten-free without those health reasons. Moms might want to avoid putting their children on a gluten-free diet unless there's a real need for it. And if moms aren't gluten-free themselves, they don't really want to make separate meals or worry about that, right?
14 Inspired: Balanced Food
According to People magazine, it sounds like Gwyneth has a pretty balanced approach to feeding her kids, and she believes that it's about healthy food plus some junk food and treats.
She has said, “You can’t tell them, ‘No Coke, no cake.’ It is not realistic. Their favorite foods are pasta and french fries. It’s about trying to augment that with something healthy.” Moms can be inspired by this quote because it's what many parents are trying to do. Obsessing over what your kids are eating or not eating isn't the best idea since that just creates pressure, but it's good to think about a balanced approach.
13 Avoid: Missing Out On Food Moments
It could be argued that being a kid means eating fun kid-friendly food. We can all remember parties and events and holidays where we ate our favorite meals and had the best time ever.
Moms might want to avoid having their kids miss out on these moments, which create important memories. That's what a mom wrote for Parenting: "I’ll admit, my first reaction was to think about poor Apple and Moses, 8 and 6 respectively, never having the joy of cramming cake and ice cream into their mouths at a birthday party or giggling while sucking down crazy-long strands of spaghetti. Or worse, I pictured them curled up in a ball in bed night clenching their stomachs and dreaming of pizza."
12 Inspired: Kids In The Kitchen
It sounds like Gwyneth has her kids help her cook and gives them that creative outlet, or at least her daughter, Apple. We love hearing this because there is nothing that is more adorable than kids cooking, right?
According to People magazine, the actress said, “Apple is always experimenting A lot of her recipes revolve around pizza.” Hey, pizza is always a good thing to make for dinner, and we love that Apple makes so much of it. Maybe we can come for dinner sometime?! Moms can be inspired to get their kids cooking with them, and if you tell them that it's homemade pizza night, they're going to be more than a little bit excited.
11 Avoid: Seaweed Rice
A mom named Laura Jackel wrote a story for Mama Mia called, "Here's what happened when I tried to feed my toddler like Gwyneth." She wrote that she made a fried rice dish that included seaweed: "Leo cried before I could get a spoon of the green stuff anywhere near his mouth. Rich in vitamins and minerals it may be, GP, but only if you can get the kids to actually eat it."
Moms will definitely want to avoid giving their kids anything that is green because, as we all know super well, children are absolutely against green vegetables. They think that you're giving them the worst kind of food ever.
10 Inspired: Oreos, Please
Well, all we can say is that Gwyneth Paltrow's statements about food can be kind of confusing at times because she has honestly said it all.
While she has been quoted as saying that she doesn't want her kids to eat processed food and that she avoids that, she also has said that her children eat Oreos. According to Grub Street, she once said, “But I’m a realist and I have kids and I love Oreos too so honestly I’m not rigid at all.” That's good to hear, right? Moms can rejoice that giving your kids Oreos (and we would guess other types of cookies, too) is totally fine. Gwyneth does it.
9 Avoid: Eliminating Any Food Groups
As a mom, Adriana Velez, wrote on Cafe Mom, it's not the best idea to put a kid on an elimination diet, which means avoiding common allergens such as gluten, dairy, eggs, sugar, and the like.
This is something that Gwyneth writes a lot about in her second cookbook, It's All Good, and it's something that many moms (and critics in general) have taken note of and don't love very much. As this mom said, "When rich people work themselves up into a frenzy with their food restrictions, I just can't take them seriously. Elimination diets may be the new prestige eating, but can we please leave kids out of it?" She has a good point.
8 Inspired: Fruit And Nuts
Getting your kids to pass over any processed food or snacks in favor or whole foods is no easy task. Moms have been trying since forever to get their children to be interested in snacks that are actually good for them.
Gwyneth has figured that out: she has been quoted as saying of Apple, "My daughter gravitates toward fresh fruit and raw nuts but will inhale a bag of hot Cheetos at the airport." The fact that her daughter eats fruit and nuts for a snack is honestly awesome, and something that moms can try doing. Yes, kids love Cheetos, as she pointed out, but fruit can be delicious, too.
7 Avoid: Breakfast Really Is Important
Best Health Mag says that Gwyneth Paltrow doesn't eat breakfast (or at least she didn't at the time of the interview) and that's something that moms would want to avoid doing themselves.
What's wrong with breakfast?! In fact, we can say that breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, which we hear all the time, but also the most amazing because breakfast foods are so good. We don't think that avoiding breakfast is a good idea at all. (Just the thought of not eating bacon and eggs or pancakes or waffles or avocado toast makes us want to cry.)
6 Inspired: A Commitment To Healthy Food
Most of all, if moms are going to be inspired by the way that Gwyneth Paltrow feeds her kids, they can think about the fact that the actress is totally committed to giving her kids healthy food.
And that's honestly something to admire because a lot of the time, kids are eating junk food, fast food, frozen food, and the like.
As The Winnipeg Free Press puts it perfectly, "Why are parents who feed their kids beans, vegetables and fruit more worthy of criticism than parents who think it’s safe to fill their kitchens with Lucky Charms, chips and TV dinners?"
5 Avoid: Fast Food Rules
The Interent was abuzz when Gwyneth Paltrow wrote up a list of what she gets at a few diferent fast food restaurants.
We're not sure what she has her kids order at fast food places since that info hasn't been released, but we would probably be safe at assuming that they either don't eat at them very often (based on what she's said about feeding her kids healthy food) or she has them order what she does. If that's the case, we would say that moms might want to have their kids eat some fast food every once in a while. It's all about moderation, right? (Plus, let's be real, moms want junk food sometimes. And moms deserve junk food. Because they're the best.)
4 Inspired: Kale Is Cool
Moms know that kale is good for you. Moms also know that most kids (if not all kids?!) won't even go near it. And yet... it sounds like Gwyneth Paltrow's kids eat kale and have been for a long time. She wrote in her first cookbook, My Father's Daughter, "How my heart leaps when I see them munching down kale with brown rice."
Moms can be inspired by this because no matter how you feel about Gwyneth Paltrow, you have to admit that it gives you hope to hear that her kids eat kale, right? Even a little bit? Even if your kids keep saying no, they might one day eat even a small amount of kale, and that could be considered a win.
3 Avoid: No Carbs Here
It's popular these days to be on a low-carb diet, which is why Keto is so trendy. It sounds like at least for a certain period of time, Gwyneth Paltrow wasn't giving her kids traditional carbs like bread or rice.
As the Daily Mail says, Gwyneth wrote in her cookbook It's All Good, "Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs." A nutritionist named Yvonne Wake was quoted as saying, "‘Kids need carbohydrates because it gives them glycogen which keeps your brain going." Moms might not want to follow this because there are healthier versions of pasta, rice and grains, and you can definitely give those to your kids.
2 Inspired: Healthier Snacks
Moms know that if there is one kind of food that children really enjoy eating, it's snacks. Kids would probably only eat snack food if given the chance. And, hey, sometimes they do because they fill up on them and then can't eat dinner (or simply don't want to, which parents are familiar with).
In an article for Self magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow's pantry was photographed and written about: "She also has a bin labeled 'school,' for the kids, and it's stocked with chips and what appears to be some type of Annie's Homegrown snacks, too." It sounds like since she buys that brand of snacks, she's buying healthier snacks for her kids, and moms can be inspired by that.
1 Avoid: No Thank You To Lentils And Chickpeas
The same mom mentioned above also made a "lentil and chickpea salad with greens and pita" for her toddler, which was another recipe from Goop.
What was the result? As she wrote about her toddler giving this recipe a shot, "he only managed two bites before saying a forceful 'no' and pointing towards the fridge." It seems like moms will also want to avoid making lentils and chickpeas for their kids. These may be healthy but we can agree that they are an acquired taste that kids just aren't interested in.