Camila Alves McConaughey’s first book aims to renew children’s relationship with food

Camila Alves McConaughey grew up in Brazil and says she had no problem eating most of her vegetables.

“You know, we’ve got some pretty interesting stuff there, like cow tongue and chicken hearts. So if my parents said ‘eat your veggies,’ I would say, ‘I eat my veggies, but can’t do the chicken hearts?’” Alves McConaughey told Texas Standard.

But as a mom, the model and entrepreneur say she’s definitely arguing about the meals.

“I’ve seen it in my own household that if you give kids the understanding, if you give them the knowledge in a fun way, they kind of — they feel empowered,” Alves McConaughey said, “and all of a sudden they started to making better food choices without really forcing them…and it can take a long time, but it happens. I’ve seen it happen to all three kids in my household.”

Alves McConaughey co-authored “Just Try One Bite” with Adam Mansbach, known for the New York Times bestseller “Go the F**k to Sleep.” In the new book, the kids have the power and they try to teach their parents about healthy eating.

“It’s a way of, how do we have this conversation in a funny way. It rhymes; it has a bit of a rap song,” said Alves McConaughey.

But while it’s about the benefits of eating healthier, Alves McConaughey says it’s not about being perfect or completely abstaining from sweets and treats.

“Creating this balanced, joyful relationship with food is extremely important,” said Alves McConaughey. “And we’ll be in a relationship with food for the rest of our lives, so why not start early and merry?”

Alves McConaughey says the book sparks conversations about food and increased interest among young people about where food comes from and how it affects their bodies.

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