Jennie Garth Skypes in Peter Facinelli for Family Meals
By Amber James Posted Mar 12th 2010 10:30AM
Garden Party.' Garth sat down with PopEater at the Hidden Valley Veggie Central event in New York to discuss her dieting tips, the lost art of family dinners and why she "isn't done having children."
On the importance of family bonding and staying down-to-Earth in Hollywood: "My husband [Peter Facinelli] and I are about as real as it gets. We do everything that any other family does. We go to my daughter's soccer games and find time to be there for them. Just thinking about it makes me miss my babies... We eat together every night. Family dinners are a lost art in our society. If my husband is across the country shooting something, we'll Skype him in to eat with us. It isn't even about trying; it's about doing. Families need to sit down and connect on that level or throw food at each other if they're mad. It's about being together as a unit... I provide the meals, but my husband is the one who tells our daughters, 'You're not leaving this table until you eat your vegetables.' He's that kind of dad."
Her secrets to staying healthy and eating well: "It's all about eating in moderation. I make a lot of salads... Right now, I'm cleansing myself. I'm eating, well, drinking these shakes. I'm trying to kid myself. [Laughs] I'm mixing protein and vegetables together, so it's like vanilla flavored vegetables... But my point is, I'm eating vegetables, which are a key part of any healthy diet. Veggies are good."
On preparing dinner in a busy household: "My husband is super busy. He used to cook more, but he's gotten so busy. He's happy to just eat my food... We do lots of lettuce wraps with tofu or turkey, just like how you make it at a Chinese restaurant. My kids love it and can just eat it like a taco. It makes me very happy. One of their favorite, favorite things I make is my spaghetti. It has so many good foods: carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, fresh garlic and onions, and they're ground up, so my kids don't even know they're eating all this great food. It makes me feel like, 'Yeah, I've done a good thing today for my kids.'"
On her indulgence foods: "I'm cleansing myself to get rid of all my indulgences. [Laughs] But, I am a big baker. We love cakes. My husband actually calls me 'Baby Cakes,' because I'm a cake lover. Cupcakes, any kind of cake I can get, I'll eat it. I have such a sweet tooth. And I love Doritos. It is so bad. I don't know why my third child doesn't have orange hair, because I ate Doritos the whole time I was pregnant with her."
On having more children: "I'm not done. My husband might be done, but we'll see who will win that battle. I love kids and would love having a big family."
On downfalls of raising children in Hollywood: "Yeah. There's a different kind of pressure when you live in L.A. and [it's] one of the reasons I want to move and raise my daughters in a more normal and stable environment... It's challenging because even at a young age, kids are exposed to so much that is easily accessible to them. I try to keep my kids as far away from Hollywood as possible."
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Jennie Garth speaks to New York City elementary school children about the importance of healthy eating at the Hidden Valley Veggie Central event at Grand Central Station March 11, 2010 in New York. More photos >>
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