Gwyneth Paltrow's much-maligned attempt at the food stamp challenge was supposed to last a week, but she cheated after four days, she admits in a post published yesterday on Goop. Her self-given final grade: C-. She notes that she was "dubious" from the outset that she'd be able to make it the entire week, and so donated to the Food Bank For New York City right away. She then pivots to income inequality, writing that after attempting the challenge, "I am even more outraged that there is still not equal pay in the workplace. Sorry to go on a tangent, but many hardworking mothers are being asked to do the impossible: Feed their families on a budget which can only support food businesses that provide low-quality food."
"Everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food," she continues. "And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives." As for what she ate after she "broke down": chicken, fresh veggies, and half a bag of black licorice. The challenge ended sometime last week, Paltrow's rep told TMZ. The Goop post contains three recipes whipped up as part of the challenge. Among them: "Brown Rice, Kale and Roasted Sweet Potato Sauté with Poached Eggs." (Gwyneth later apparently indulged in a very lavish meal.)