Lydia McLaughlin has been a new and unexpectedly pleasant addition to The Real Housewives of Orange County this season. Her quirky, down-to-earth, straight-laced personality has been a nice injection into the madness that is the RHOC, and it seems she brings that same kind of down-to-earth wholesomeness to her parenting style as well -- especially when it comes to what her kids eat.
Lydia recently told Us Weekly that her children -- Stirling, 2, and Maverick, 4 -- have never had fast food. Never. She said they don't buy chips or cookies either, but rather she makes her own healthy snacks and encourages sustainable food options.
We make smoothies and put spinach in them. That's a good way to get your kids to eat their greens and you can freeze them. We make them into lollipops or popsicles.
She also added, "They've never had fast food in their whole life." And cue the eye rolls. Okay, it does sound a little smug, and I'll admit that my first response was great, another Gwyneth, but that's only because I feel some guilt that I don't do more of the same. I actually have great admiration for moms like her who are so committed to their children's healthy eating habits and actually find reading about their techniques inspirational.
I do my best, but there's still plenty of junk that sneaks into their diets, and there probably will be more in Lydia's children's when they grow up, go to school, and start going to birthday parties galore. It seems almost inevitable. But when they're young, you may as well try instilling as many of the good habits as you can.
And Lydia seems to know that eliminating every tempting food isn't the way to go either. She told the magazine, "We went to the mall and they had Wetzel's Pretzels. They're children." So it's not like she's not open to splurges once in awhile -- especially for herself, as she admits to eating chocolate every day. "Maybe that's why I don't want to have a huge cheesecake on Saturdays because I've been feeding that urge [for something sweet in moderation] daily."
It sounds like a good, healthy approach to eating for the whole family. And Slade Smiley can just take his cheeseburger comment (he said he's going to call her "cheeseburger" because she needs to eat a few) and stuff it.
Do you think Lydia has a good approach to her kids' nutrition? Do your kids eat fast food?
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