We’ve all run into the eternal picky-kid dilemma. Whether it’s a toddler refusing everything but Cheerios or a grade-schooler who insists on nothing but peanut-butter sandwiches for lunch, food issues are a part of parenthood almost every parent has to cope with.
Many moms and dads try various techniques to help their children overcome their reluctance to try new foods. But Brad Pitt is going in the exact opposite direction. The Sun reports that the A-list actor has ordered $8,000 worth of British food from a supplier who ships it to his Chateau Miraval estate in France.
Apparently, the six Jolie-Pitt children “have gone off French food after living in the UK for so long,” says an anonymous source. So Brad went to Geoffrey’s of London, a company that supplies ready-to-eat meals as well as packaged goods, to satisfy his kids’ cravings. The hefty order was enough to fill two freezers.
A loving gesture, to be sure – but is it a wise one?
Indulging a child’s occasional request for an ice-cream cone or a trip to McDonald’s is generally considered okay, as long as their normal diet is healthy. But the order from Geoffrey’s consists almost entirely of fare like potato chips, baked beans, apple crisp and toad-in-the-hole (a casserole of sausages coated with Yorkshire pudding).
One of the biggest dietary offenders in the order: Turkey Twizzlers, spiral-shaped strips of processed meat that contain 21 percent fat. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver led a successful campaign to rid the junky treat from British school menus more than seven years ago.
It’s hard not to sympathize with Brad and Angelina at the thought of sitting down to the dinner table and hearing six voices groaning, sighing and griping, “Not coq au vin again!”
But let’s hope that in addition to serving the shepherd’s pie and turkey treats, they’re also helping their children learn healthier eating habits as often as they can. Offering different choices, letting them help plan and cook meals and even sneaking veggies into food are good ways to break the picky-eating habit.
The Jolie-Pitts are sophisticated and seasoned travelers. It would be a shame if their children’s palates never traveled beyond the snack aisle.
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