If you think Meghan Markle was on a strict wedding diet, think again. While the royal newlywed does tend to eat on the healthier side of the spectrum, she’s also pretty laid back about dieting. That said, in order to indulge in some of her favorite recipes and stay healthy, she has had to figure out some tricks to making meals healthy without compromising flavor.
From her genius butter substitute (page 2) to how she uses food to kick-start her digestion (page 6), we uncover Meghan Markle’s healthy cooking secrets, ahead.
1. Lemon brings out the flavor in steak
Engagement chicken isn’t the only type of meat Markle has mastered in the kitchen. In fact, she knows her way around steak, too. Her number one cooking secret for making the perfect steak? Squeeze a little lemon juice on it before serving. “Nobody tastes the lemon, but it really brings out the steak’s flavor,” she shared in an interview with Delish.
Next: Her genius butter substitute.
2. Zucchini instead of butter
When it comes to cooking Italian food, Markle has discovered the secret ingredient: zucchini. The royal bride-to-be slow cooks zucchini for up to five hours until it turns to mush, then tosses it into her pasta. “The sauce gets so creamy you’d swear there’s tons of butter and oil in it, but it’s just zucchini, water and a little bouillon,” she told Delish.
Next: She swears by this for a natural energy boost.
3. Green juice is the perfect pick-me-up
Instead of a 2 p.m. coffee break, Markle looks to green juice as an afternoon pick-me-up. “Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me,” she told Delish. The royal bride-to-be doesn’t consider it to be as life-changing as most other Los Angeles natives would, but she recognizes its benefits and drinks it often.
Next: She says this food gets a bad rap, but avoids it anyway.
4. Gluten-free is key
While she’s not afraid to indulge in pasta when traveling, Markle doesn’t always make it at home, as the gluten tends to wreak havoc on her complexion.
Next: Her key to staying on track with her diet.
5. A healthy breakfast is a must
As the most important meal of the day, eating a well-balanced breakfast can set you up for success — especially if you’re trying to eat healthily. And while Markle occasionally indulges in an omelet with cheese and toast, her go-to is steel cut oats, banana, and a little bit of natural agave syrup.
Next: How she uses food to kick-start digestion.
6. Hot water and lemon
The key to a healthy diet is starting the day off right. So, in addition to eating a healthy breakfast of steel cut oats and banana, Markle steeps lemon slices in hot water. Not only can the natural tea provide the body with a boost of energy, but it can also kickstart the digestive system and rehydrate the body, too.
Next: Her healthy snack satisfies this common craving.
7. Healthy snacking is happy snacking
Markle is no stranger to snacking. That said, she typically goes for something a little healthier than say, a bag of potato chips. Instead of filling up on junk food, Markle satisfies her appetite (and sweet tooth) with apple slices, almond butter, and a little bit of sea salt.
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