Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's personal chef reveals what their kids really eat, and it's kinda shocking, but also kinda inspiring.
It's no secret that Gisele Bundchen and husband Tom Brady are into healthy living. And why shouldn't they be? They both make millions of dollars for being in sick shape (yup, I'm a little jelly).
But it may surprise some people to learn their kids, John (8), Benjamin (6), and Vivian (3) are expected to eat just as consciously as their famous folks. In fact, according to the Brady's personal chef Allen Campbell, the family eats the same way 90 percent of the time.
Now let's stop there. You mean the kids don't munch on grilled cheese while the parents dine on more sophisticated fare, like they do at say, some other homes, ahem, like mine?
While Campbell admits sometimes he fixes different food for the mini members of the family, here's an idea of what the menu looks like when you live like a Brady:
"Eighty percent of what they eat is vegetables. [I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it's not organic, I don't use it. And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans. The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon."
He goes out of his way to point out the family eats very differently from most Americans, saying "If you just eat sugar and carbs—which a lot of people do—your body is so acidic, and that causes disease. Tom recently outed Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola on WEEI. I love that he did that. Sugar is the death of people."
Also outlawed in the Brady household are white flour, iodized salt, MSG, and olive oil.
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As for what the kiddos snack on, "I make fruit rolls from bananas, pineapple, and spirulina," Campbell says. "Spirulina is an algae. It's a super fruit. I dehydrate it. I dehydrate a lot of things. I have three dehydrators in their kitchen. I also make raw granola and raw chocolate chip cookies."
Mental note: Buy dehydrator. Also, Google Spirulina.
The kids also love sushi, but it has to be prepared a specific way. "It's brown rice, avocado, carrot, and cucumber. The kids like [it] maki-style, so the rice is on the outside. And I do it with a ponzu sauce, which is uzu and tamari. [I use] tamari because we stick to gluten-free for everything."
Of course, eating responsibly is completely admirable, and I try very hard to instill healthy eating habits in my three children. But for most of us, the Brady's lifestyle is completely unrealistic, mostly because not too many of us have personal chefs. Still, I think you can make healthy choices for your family without a chef; you just may not have the time to dehydrate fruit or make your own granola or sushi. Nor should you feel guilty about microwaving a pizza for your brood every so often (or once a week).
What do you think of the famous fam's diet?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.