Her Skinnygirl margaritas may contain some questionable ingredients, but that’s not the case for Bethenny Frankel‘s daughter’s diet. The natural foods chef and former Real Housewife says that her 15-month old daughter, Bryn, is a vegetarian.
Although Frankel herself isn’t a strict vegetarian, she loves vegetables and eats a mostly meat-free diet. She’s opting to raise Bryn in much the same way, by feeding her healthy foods such as avocados and pureed beans. Frankel says that she had an expansive palate as a child, eating things like escargot and venison, and never ordering her meals from the children’s menu.
She wants Bryn to have similar experiences. She writes on her blog, “When I took on the responsibility of Bryn’s diet, it took some planning and consideration, but mostly common sense. I knew she wouldn’t be a children’s menu child either. I often see 13-year-olds who only eat pizza or pasta noodles with butter and so many other adolescents who are picky about food. Food can be such a great passion, a conversation piece, a part of traveling to different places and an overall connection to others.”
Although the vegetarian diet works for Bryn for now, Frankel has plans to be flexible about it. “As far as raising Bryn as a vegetarian, that was a personal choice. If Bryn is older and wants something at a party that isn’t vegetarian, I don’t want her to feel ostracized. She’ll find her way. I have eaten raw, vegan, vegetarian etc and I love the feeling of eating all of those healthy foods and not incorporating meat. If I have to vow to never eat meat again because she starts to notice that I have a piece of turkey bacon, then I may make that sacrifice.”
However, don’t expect to see Bryn on a vegan diet any time soon. In Frankel’s opinion, that’s too strict a plan for a baby. “I chose not to have her be vegan because I believe she needs the fat and protein in milk, and sometimes I need her to fill up on organic cheese. Her health comes first. Also, if she didn’t eat so many beans and good proteins, I might change this approach.”
Regardless of what Bryn’s ultimate diet becomes, Frankel is very hands-on about her child’s nutrition. Check out her blog for more on Bryn’s diet, Frankel’s thoughts on food preparation, a typical day’s meal plan, eating in restaurants and more.