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Padma Lakshmi: Why I Don’t Let My Daughter Dress Up as Princesses

11/13/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Padma Lakshmi Frozen Disney on Ice
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Padma Lakshmi‘s daughter Krishna is a huge Frozen fan — but you’ll never catch her dressed up as Elsa or Anna.

“She has an Elsa wig but she doesn’t have the costumes,” the Top Chef host told PEOPLE Tuesday at the opening night of Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I’m not big on merch,” Lakshmi, 44, explains.”I’m just not into her being a walking billboard for anything. So I try not to buy a lot of that stuff.”

One thing she doesn’t think twice about purchasing for her 4-year-old? A hearty stack of stories. “I’m happy to buy books,” she says. “I’ll buy all the books she wants.”

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Padma Lakshmi: My Daughter’s a ‘Forcibly’ Healthy Eater

03/10/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

Padma Lakshmi Endometriosis Foundation Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Like mother, like daughter!

Padma Lakshmi says her daughter Krishna Thea, 4, has learned to be a healthy eater — most of the time.

“Well, she’s forcibly one. But she loves to eat healthy,” the Top Chef star told PEOPLE at the Endometriosis Foundation of America‘s 6th Annual Blossom Ball.

“She also loves her candy and chocolate — she doesn’t get to have it much.”

The Bravo star has also found a kitchen helper in Krishna.

“We cook every night,” she says. “We usually do a fresh meal for dinner, and then we usually have leftovers for lunch the next day.”

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