Julia Roberts Instills Healthy Eating Habits, the Old-Fashioned Way

02/28/2009 at 03:00 PM ET
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Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies is easier for some parents than others, and for those who are struggling Julia Roberts offers a suggestion: Grow your own! The 41-year-old actress says that her three children — 4-year-old twins  Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus ‘Finn’ Walter along with 20-month-old Henry Daniel — take pride in the organic garden at their Malibu home, pride which is often reflected at the dinner table. “The children love it and I think it’s the best training for them,” Julia explains. “I think when children know their food sources they’re more inclined to eat what they’re growing because they’re so proud of it.”

“To watch my kids eat kale is a pretty proud moment for me as a mom.”

Although she’s worked less and less over the last few years, make no mistake — Julia’s skills as an actor are still being put to the test! “When you’ve got three toddlers in the house you’re performing all day long, anyway, with puppet shows and stories,” she notes. “I act around the clock.” And, like many moms, Julia says she often wonders where the time goes. “There are some days when as soon as you’ve finished cooking breakfast and cleaning the kitchen it’s time to start lunch and by the time you’ve done that you’re doing dinner and thinking there has to be a menu we can order from,” she says. “Some days it’s superfun and some days it’s a chore.” Even on those days that more resemble the latter, Julia says she wouldn’t change a thing.

“My life at home gives me absolute joy.”

Hazel, Finn and Henry are Julia’s children with husband Danny Moder. Her new film Duplicity is in theaters March 20th.

Source: Mirror

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Michelle on

Interesting–she sounds really down-to-earth and that she doesn’t have any hired help at home. Does anyone know if that’s the case?

Mrs. R. on

I think in an interview before she said she had help when the twins were small and when both she and her husband are working, but I think possibly that she doesn’t have a ‘regular’ nanny working for her. Chances are she has a housekeeper to clean though – wouldn’t you?🙂

Sanja on

I agree about kids liking vegetables they help grow.
I have cousins 8girls, 7 & 10) that hate anything green at home, but when they visit us and we go to our garden to water and pic veggies, or when they get to climb a tree and pic their own cherries, they love them:-)

Holly on

That’s funny! My son loves gardening and he refuses to eat what he grows. He won’t even try it.

Rose on

Michelle: Before the twins were born, I believe when she was pregnant with them, she said she didn’t have any help at all, but that she thought that she would hire someone after the kids were born (she said this in reference to having cleaning people/housekeepers).

I know she had a nanny at some point, because I remember seeing pictures of her out with the kids, but I’m not sure if she has a nanny or not now that she isn’t working that much.

Michelle on

yeah, it would be nice to have a housekeeper (or whatever) if you could afford it, but doesn’t seem to be necessary to have a full-time nanny if you’re home full-time. just curious . . . .

MZ on

that’s a great idea! i think i’ll try it when my son is old enough.

hal on

When you have domestic help as well it makes life so much easier and joyful in the kitchen. $20 milllion a picture helps too!

Paula on

I believe that many actresses, even when they are not filming anything, are working part of the time reading scripts, etc and many are involved in production companies, have endorsement contracts, etc. So even if they are home all day they might need to spend some time on their careers and that is where a nanny would be helpful.

Kit on

She fired a nanny when the twins were little. She’s never had a housekepper

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