While he says he's no top chef, Matt Damon, 41, seems to be pretty good at yet another thing: getting his four kids — Alexia, 14, Isabella, 6, Gia, 4, Stella, 23 months — to eat healthy. He shared his top tips with People Magazine at an NYC cooking fundraiser for the Family Reach Foundation. Check 'em out!
Matt's go-to dish: “I cook pasta with butter and steam broccoli,” he says. “It’s all about getting enough healthy food in front of them every three hours.”
Start them young: “It’s all about starting early," he insists.
“and I introduced it to them at a very young age and they just don’t know any different,” he continues. “Luckily, I found out love broccoli. There are times where I can’t get them to eat protein or a little piece of fish because they are going crazy over the broccoli. Sometimes they’re the ones bribing me to eat more of my vegetables.”
My own kids love broccoli too, if it's cooked to the exact precise crispness that they like. I think I'll try Matt's recipe (three ingredients, for the win!)
Salad at every meal: Something else you didn't know about Matt Damon: He's not a fan of Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. "But I grew up eating a lot of salad," he says. "My mother made a salad with every single meal we had, so I was raised thinking that’s how you eat. It’s a good balance that I’m trying to.”
My mom used to make salad for dinner every night too. So I always thought this was part of the definition of dinner. So Matt's got a point there.
What about you? How do you get your kids to eat their veggies?