15 Healthy Foods That Your Favorite Celebrities Love
Celebrities might not be the best people to consult for advice on healthy foods. And even the best-informed starlet probably knows less about a healthy diet than the licensed nutritionist on her payroll (or, let’s be real, her speed dial). But we just can’t stop ourselves from listening when stars with impressive muscle tone and Herculean willpower dish out nutrition advice.
Take Gwyneth Paltrow — who has earned the dubious honor of ranking among the most hated people in Hollywood — as an easy example. It’s unnervingly easy to be riveted by what Paltrow says about diet — even if you don’t buy into her philosophy on why your diet needs to be low-carb and gluten-free. Maybe you don’t really think your jade eggs need to be cage free. (On second thought, maybe the “cage-free” restriction applies only to chicken eggs.) Yet we all listen to what Paltrow says, even if we don’t intend to follow her advice.
Curious which healthy foods Paltrow and other celebrities recommend? Read on to check them out. Just take their advice with a big grain of salt — so long as it’s expensive Himalayan sea salt.
1. Almond milk
Almond milk is a staple for anyone on a vegan diet (which, as you can imagine, includes a lot of celebrities). But you don’t have to run to the grocery store each time you need this dairy alternative. Actress Zazie Beetz tells Bon Appétit she likes to make her own almond milk. “I was looking into vegan food, and making your own milks was one of the challenges,” she says. “I decided to try making it, and it’s pretty easy to do. I love my blender.”
Avocados (and avocado toast) have had their moment in the spotlight. Although you might not really want to hear any more rave reviews of this heart-healthy fruit, it really does offer a nutritious way to start your day (or to snack when you’re hungry between meals). Model Miranda Kerr tells Vogue she likes to eat avocado on gluten-free toast. Kerr also works avocados into her dinner salads and midday snacks.
3. Cobb salad
We all know a salad makes for a pretty healthy lunch. But few of us have the self-discipline to eat one for our midday meal every day. But Bon Appétit learned that fashion designer Jenna Lyons is one of those rare people who actually does have a salad each day — specifically, a cobb salad. “It’s one less thing to decide,” Lyons explains. “I know it sounds so boring, but it’s one place in my life where predictability is actually really nice.” She adds, “It’s like a lunch uniform: I’m not waiting, I’m not worried, I don’t have to be all anxious about where my food is coming from. It just takes all the guesswork out.”
CafeMom reports that reality star Kourtney Kardashian was craving sweet snacks while she was breastfeeding her daughter, Penelope. So she indulged in Nilla wafers. But instead of reaching for cookies when she was breastfeeding her son, Mason, she opted for edamame instead. These steamed soybeans reportedly helped Kardashian lose the baby weight after she gave birth to Mason.
Elle reports that dancer Julianne Hough has a particularly healthy way of eating eggs. She explains that after workouts, she usually eats “some sort of eggs. I like to steam my eggs, and then have tomato and avocado.” Hough isn’t the only celeb who thinks eggs are the perfect follow-up to a morning workout. Bon Appétit learned that singer Justin Timberlake eats a scrambled egg before his workout and then another egg (or a protein shake) afterward. And author Jessica Seinfeld taught InStyle how to make the perfect poached egg.
Seafood offers an impressive array of health benefits. But many of us don’t follow nutritionists’ advice to eat fish once or twice a week. Fortunately, A-listers don’t seem to have the same problem. French Vogue learned that model Karlie Kloss regularly eats fish — she prefers cod or salmon — “with some vegetables on the side. I enjoy trying out new sauces and spices to add extra flavor.” Also, salmon is a favorite for Paltrow and Kerr.
7. Green juices and smoothies
People reports that numerous celebrities have jumped on the juicing train. Actress and singer Lea Michele uses farmers market kale and blueberries in hers. Reality star Kylie Jenner goes for spinach, kale, pineapple, and berries. Actress Kerry Washington sips on juices that star spinach. And actress Blake Lively adds adds kale, Swiss chard, and parsley to her smoothie. Plus, Venus Williams enjoys a kale-based juice. And when a NY Magazine writer tried Paltrow’s diet for 10 days, she learned Paltrow starts her day with the “Best Green Juice,” which contains kale, apple, lemon, mint, and ginger.
8. Grilled chicken
Grilling your chicken is usually a lot healthier than breading and frying it. So it’s no surprise Harper’s Bazaar points to grilled chicken as one of Kerr’s favorite lunches. Kerr’s former trainer, Justin Gelbrand, recommends models eat either chicken or fish salad with a side of fruit for lunch. And Kerr appears to be following his directions by pairing her grilled chicken with a salad.
The Daily Beast reports that numerous celebrities — including Madonna, Halle Berry, Lindsay Lohan, Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Anna Paquin, and Orlando Bloom — drink kombucha, a fermented tea beverage. (Shailene Woodley is also a fan.) Some people are skeptical of the fizzy drink (especially because proponents claim it can prevent or cure everything, from acne to cancer). But the beverage is actually a pretty healthy source of antioxidants. Its fermentation is fueled by a live bacterial culture, which gives kombucha its antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal effects.
10. Mexican food
Let’s start this one with a couple of disclaimers. “Mexican food” isn’t one type of food, of course. And there are plenty of dishes in Mexican cuisine nobody would call healthy. But Emma Watson, who tells The Huffington Post she’s obsessed with Mexican food, has figured out a healthy way to enjoy the cuisine. She tells Marie Claire, “I make a really amazing egg tortilla in the morning. It’s my special thing. I make guacamole, salsa, and scrambled eggs, and then I cook the tortilla. It’s pretty simple, really, but yummy.”
Need a reason to try your first bowl of pho or to test-drive one of our favorite recipes for this Vietnamese dish? Fashion guru Lauren Conrad writes on her blog that pho is actually her favorite meal. Trainer Jillian Michaels notes though pho is a pretty calorie-dense meal, it can also be a nutritious one. Epicurious reports that whether you’re making pho bo (with beef) or pho ga (with chicken), the key is to start with a good broth. Then, add your favorite healthy ingredients, and use toppings to up the ante for your pho’s flavor and texture.
12. Plant-based meals
This one might sound a little bit vague, but Food & Wine learned that actress Lena Dunham is all about a plant-based diet. That’s thanks to author Jessica Murnane, who recommended a vegan diet as Dunham deals with the effects of endometriosis. Dunham wrote for Bon Appétit of her new diet, “Instead of Greek yogurt with half a squeeze bottle of honey, I was enjoying coconut yogurt with a mess of berries and seeds. Instead of toast with peanut butter, there was sprouted Ezekiel bread with black sesame and preserves.” She added that “small changes are still changes, and you will feel them in ways that surprise and excite you.”
Sushi can be surprisingly healthy, so long as you don’t load up on sodium-laden sauces. (More nutritionists label sushi “healthy” than average people.) Actor Seth Rogen told Bon Appétit he frequently eats sushi — even though he “isn’t into the whole juice and smoothie thing.” You might not associate Rogen with healthy eating, thanks to his carefully cultivated image. But he tells the publication, “I’m just at the age now in my mid-30s where literally if I don’t exercise and eat better, I’m just in physical pain.” Sounds like a pretty good reason to order sushi to us.
Actress Anne Hathaway is a famously healthy eater and usually sticks to an anti-inflammatory diet. But Shape learned Hathaway went further to clean up her diet as she prepared for her role as Catwoman. And one of her favorite healthy foods is yams. “Hathaway followed an almost vegan, anti-inflammatory diet, which includes whole grains to control blood sugar, avocados, almonds (she doesn’t like walnuts), sesame seeds, dark chocolate, bright red and orange vegetables that are high in antioxidants (Hathaway loves yams), dark leafy greens, ginger, and turmeric,” according to Shape. Plus, because she was engaging in intense training sessions to build muscle, she ate a lot of seitan and tempeh.
Vogue learned Kloss loves Siggi’s, an Icelandic-style yogurt “filled with protein.” And Kloss isn’t the only model who cites yogurt as a favorite snack. Shape learned that Heidi Klum counts Greek yogurt as one of her favorite healthy snacks. She writes for the publication, “I love Greek yogurt because it’s rich in protein and fills me up, which makes it the perfect afternoon snack.”