I Ate Like Chrissy Teigen for 1 Week, and It Was More Fun Than I Expected
If there’s an epic goal that can be turned into a social media hashtag, Chrissy Teigen probably epitomizes it. Her stylish wardrobe redefines #stylegoals. Her witty relationship with husband, John Legend, puts the bar for #relationshipgoals incredibly high. But my favorite thing about Teigen is how she has taken #foodiegoals to the next level. So, like anyone else wanting to emulate their favorite celebrity, I decided to try a week eating like Teigen. I dipped into her cookbook, checked her Instagram posts, and researched her craziest food hacks.
The result? I found Chrissy Teigen has way more fun eating than the rest of us do. And I’m definitely a fan.
First up, the Doritos test
While researching Teigen’s food hacks, I read she likes to lick the nacho cheese off Doritos and then not eat the chip because “you get the flavor, not all the carbs!” I thought that was hilarious — and then decided I had to try. So I grabbed a little mini bag of Doritos at work and, while nobody was looking, tried this whole Doritos-licking thing.
It didn’t satisfy any kind of hunger. But I was so busy chuckling at myself for licking a chip that I quickly forgot about eating altogether.
Next: A meal that requires eating and not just licking
The big breakfast
One of the great things about eating like Teigen is she doesn’t deny herself meals. And that starts off with having a good breakfast. So the weekend I started my food excursion, I skimmed Teigen’s Cravings cookbook for a hearty breakfast that would fuel my morning errand run and workout. I ended up settling on John’s Breakfast Sandwich, prepping everything to make the sausage patties the night before, so I could whip it up and go the next morning. Not only was it delicious — it calls for Sriracha — but it kept me full through a busy Saturday.
Next: Even the veggie dishes were good.
Teigen admits to eating healthier fare before she has a big photo shoot, so I decided to mimic some of her low-carb favorites throughout the week. While her ideas for meat-filled salads were tasty and easy to make, I was most impressed with the stuffed portobello mushroom recipe she shared with Shape. I altered the recipe slightly by using more olive oil in place of half of the butter, but the essence of the dish was still the same. And adding just a spoonful of marinara sauce made the dish seem way more decadent than it actually was.
Next: Speaking of decadent …
The junk food list
One thing that has always made diets unappealing to me is you have to deny yourself certain foods. If I can’t eat something, I typically start obsessing over it. (I became infatuated with bread when I tried Kate Middleton’s low-carb diet.) But Teigen has a hack for that: When she has to eat extra healthy before a job, she writes a list of all the crazy things she can eat afterward. It was amazing. After I listed off that I wanted a large pizza or giant cookie, I was able to move on with my day and not obsess over it. Pure genius.
Next: A meal plan everyone wants to be part of
My friends got in on it
One of my girlfriends wanted in on the “eat like Chrissy Teigen” action. So in planning a mid-week dinner for a couple of us, we bought Cravings and put together a meal of chicken over coconut rice. Not only was the flavor combination amazing, but the rice was even delicious leftover the next day. (I highly recommend topping a little rice with a fried egg and some salsa for breakfast.) The best part was I got a couple friends to try new recipes with me.
Next: Not everything is a large meal.
The super snack
Because I snack throughout the day instead of eating three large meals, I was definitely down to try Teigen’s seasoned popcorn trick. While she suggests simply adding Lawry’s seasoning salt to buttered popcorn, I upended my spice cabinet and added black pepper, dill, and some red pepper flakes. It was such a tasty snack — except that I wanted to eat the whole bowl of popcorn in one sitting!
Next: The only question left
Will I keep this up?
Needless to say, taking literal pages from Teigen’s cookbook was a blast. I don’t know whether I have the patience to cook as extensively as she does every day. (And I don’t know how I feel about licking Doritos on a regular basis.) But I did learn some fun recipes along the way. Next up: a Chrissy Teigen-themed dinner party, perhaps?
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