Celebrity mom Julia Roberts knows it’s important for kids to eat a healthy, balanced diet. That’s why she doesn’t let her kids have sweets everyday. “I’m a pretty strict mom when it comes to sweets,” Roberts told People at the Eat Pray Love premiere in New York. “Even though I have such a sweet tooth myself.”
Her three children, Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry, only get junk food on special occasions. “You want sweets, ice cream and cake to be a great treat and a celebration,” she said. “Something that’s not everyday. I think this makes them appreciate it when they do have it.” It’s better if kids don’t develop the habit of having a super-sugary dessert after every meal. Instead, let fresh fruit be a sweet finish to lunch and dinner, and leave those cookies alone.
The actress has a harder time keeping her own sweet tooth in check. “I’m not strict with myself,” she said. “I cheat.” Roberts indulged her love of rich food while filming in Rome. She reportedly gained seven pounds eating gelato and other Italian delicacies.