Gwyneth Paltrow and avoiding carbs for kids - what do you think?

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JaneGMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Mar-13 13:49:10

Hi,

You may have read news stories today about Gwynneth Paltrow avoiding carbs for the whole family, including her children aged eight and six:

"Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we're left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs."

We'd be interested to hear what you think about this story.

Does your own diet influence the way you feed your children?

Thanks,

MNHQ

duchesse Thu 21-Mar-13 08:52:06

I never eat rice with curry- I usually have some tarka daal instead. Sloppy as well, but a spoon does the trick.

BecauseImWoeufIt Thu 21-Mar-13 08:08:24

I never have rice with a curry and don't see the need for it at all. If there's a lot of sauce - use a spoon!

My favourite is either a jalfrezi or a vindaloo, and a side of spinach or cauliflower bhaji.

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rubyrubyruby Wed 20-Mar-13 22:55:19

I love chicken or Lamb tikka with mushroom bhaji.
No rice needed.

snoworneahva Wed 20-Mar-13 21:35:25

"I wonder how and why you would have curry without the rice-surely one needs the other?" You can have something called cauliflower "rice", it's basically cauliflower grated to the size of a rice grain and steamed - works really well. Otherwise we'd have steamed broccoli or steamed shredded cabbage. Or you could make a dry curry to go with a wet one.

Must admit I'm not to keen on xenia's menu but Bonsoir's sounds pretty dull too. I had Jerk Chicken this evening with roast veg...it was lush, maybe not to everyone's taste, but who cares. We live by the 80:20 rule - at least 80% of our meals are low carb. Off out on Friday night to an excellent local Italian, will have pumpkin ravioli - it's one of my favourite pastas. No need to be 100% rigid, you can low carb and eat planned cheats, especially if you have no weight to lose.

ouryve Wed 20-Mar-13 19:58:17

We had M&S pizza for tea. Bleeding power was off all day and it was quick. As was the pile of lambs lettuce and thinly sliced cucumber, drizzled with balsamic that we had on the side.

Bonsoir Wed 20-Mar-13 17:17:51

smile

<M&S pizza at Tuesday lunchtime here>

hattymattie Wed 20-Mar-13 16:13:10

Thank you Bonsoir - I'm sorted for the week now. <I'm keeping quiet about the Picard pizza's on Friday>

rubyrubyruby Wed 20-Mar-13 16:03:01

Does anyone ever eat that dodgy salad in the bag from the take-away?

motherinferior Wed 20-Mar-13 15:17:41

But definitely one or the other. And in some south East Asian cuisines the rice (white, obviously) is the whole point.

motherinferior Wed 20-Mar-13 15:15:15

Depends where in India you're from. Northerners eat more roti. Southeners eat more rice.

We often serve curry with some bombay cauliflower and plenty of raita, perhaps a spiced tomato and onion salad (you know, a good version of the dodgy salad in a bag you get from some takeaways grin). It is nice with rice, of course, but I wouldn't say it's strictly necessary for a delicious meal.

ubik Wed 20-Mar-13 14:10:02

And we also love courgette soup / we make ours with frozen petit pois and basil and Parmesan rinds chucked in. Lovely crusty bread to do Ruth it. Yum.

ubik Wed 20-Mar-13 14:07:40

Well some of the Indian folk I know actually only eat curry with chappati and complain that the emphasis on rice over here is making them fat grin

You need some sort of carb though otherwise the curry is too strong.

exoticfruits Wed 20-Mar-13 13:59:41

Or for that matter why you can't have potatoes with chicken.

exoticfruits Wed 20-Mar-13 13:57:34

Not said to you ubik-said to those who won't eat carbs.

exoticfruits Wed 20-Mar-13 13:56:54

I wonder how and why you would have curry without the rice-surely one needs the other?

ubik Wed 20-Mar-13 13:53:52

We are having home made chicken curry with lentil and spinach dhal, rice and chappati.

Haberdashery Wed 20-Mar-13 13:49:47

We will be having roast chicken, roast parsnips, carrots, leeks, gravy, roast potatoes and stuffing. Pineapple for pudding, maybe a yoghurt too.

Bonsoir Wed 20-Mar-13 13:20:09

Menu for tonight: spinach and lentil soup, which I will make this afternoon; roast chicken with guacamole and some garden cucumbers, fruit salad (juice of three oranges, five passion fruit, a papaya and a mango).

Bonsoir Wed 20-Mar-13 13:14:19

The round courgettes have more flesh and fewer seeds so yes, they make much tastier soup! They are more expensive per kilo but you seem to get more soup out of them weight-for-weight, so I'm not sure that they end up more expensive IYSWIM.

Haberdashery Wed 20-Mar-13 12:51:49

That sounds gorgeous, Bonsoir. And healthy and filling, too. I've never tried round courgettes - are they really nicer?

hattymattie Wed 20-Mar-13 12:24:02

Nice Bonsoir - I was going for cous cous tonight but may do the salmon thing instead.

I must say I don't think I could do the running I do without pasta.

Non of us are fat. I just try to cook healthily and from scratch most nights but not complicated stuff.

I would add - I loath sardines grin

Bonsoir Wed 20-Mar-13 08:18:45

Last night we had courgette soup made with round courgettes - so much tastier - fresh garlic, oignons doux, some saffron, salt, pepper, a funghi porcini stock cube, basil and, once it had all been cooked and zapped, a dash of crème fraîche. Followed by salmon (the organic kind that is almost white), broccoli spears and shock potatoes, peeled and sliced and cooked in the oven with the other half of the bulb of fresh garlic. And fresh oranges.

For me, that is easy food, healthy food and a proper meal.

ubik Tue 19-Mar-13 22:58:49

I would eat in front of the mirror - a lettuce leaf or something. Then when i put my clothes on again i would probably think 'fuck it' and buy a twix

Mintyy Tue 19-Mar-13 22:26:19

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What impressed me so very much about Gawande was the absolutely gripping page-turning quality of his writing, when writing isn't even his first profession! I find it v soothing to read in my many hours of 4am insomnia. So thank you for the recommendation!

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