Though maintaining a flat stomach can be challenging, some celebrities make it look easy, even after having children or aging into their 60s. Stars like Zoë Saldana and Jennifer Lopez have shared what they eat on a typical day to keep in tip-top shape. Some, like Carrie Underwood and Kate Hudson, avoid meat to stay fit, while those like Chrissy Teigen would pick a steak over carbs any day. For celebs like Jessica Alba, it’s all about balance, while those like Kelly Ripa simply stick to a handful of food staples. You won’t believe what Christie Brinkley indulges in every day!
J-Lo Loves Salmon Salad
Jennifer Lopez hasn’t aged in about 30 years, and there’s a reason for that. The performer not only dances her heart out all the time, but she also avoids adult beverages, including coffee. She told Us Weekly that her tight restrictions are all about keeping her skin young-looking.
Jennifer also avoids anything processed, so she snacks on fruits and veggies and relies heavily on protein to keep her feeling satisfied. For lunch, she’ll typically opt for a veggie-packed salmon salad, and her dinner favorites are pork or chicken with quinoa or yams.
Kelly Ripa Eats A Lot Of Greek Yogurt
Television personality Kelly Ripa says that the key to staying fit is simple: eat clean. She told Bon Appetit that she starts the day with a triple shot skim latte and waits until after filming “Live with Kelly and Ryan” to eat breakfast. Her first meal is typically Greek yogurt and granola.
She sometimes has Greek yogurt again for lunch, tossing in some blueberries. If Kelly is all yogurted-out, she’ll have a salad. The host told Shape that she loves sauteed spinach with chicken. As far as snacks, Kelly told Good Housekeeping that she opts for protein bars and flaxseed, but Goldfish crackers are her guilty pleasure.
Gisele Bündchen’s Diet Is 80% Vegetables
Model Gisele Bündchen pays very close attention to her diet. She and husband Tom Brady’s former chef opened up to delish about what the couple really eats, and it’s as healthy as you’d expect. Chef Allen Campbell says 80% of their diet is vegetables, and they must be organic.
The other 20% is lean meats, so it’s no surprise the model considers whole grains to be a “comfort food.” Campbell did say that the couple enjoys dehydrated fruit and granola as a snack, so they aren’t completely carb-deprived. Giselle is also said to be a fanatic about green smoothies and coconut water.
Carrie Underwood Avoids Take-Out And Eats Vegan
Those who remember Carrie Underwood’s early American Idol days have probably noticed how incredibly fit the singer has become over the years. To stick to her vegan diet, the country music star often starts her day with fruit and oatmeal or cereal sans the milk.
She loves tofu veggies scrambles, according to delish. Carrie also says she doesn’t like to eat out and loves stir-fries. For lunch, she does Ezekiel bread and tofurky or avocado and veggies. Carrie’s go-to snack is an English muffin with peanut butter and dinner is all about the veggie burger.
Jennifer Aniston Swaps Pasta For Veggies
Jennifer Aniston has been drinking from the fountain of youth for decades. She’s managed to halt aging since her days on Friends with the help of an extremely healthy diet. The actress told E! News that one of her tricks is swapping pasta for zucchini or eggplant, and doing turkey bacon instead of pork bacon.
The actress told Bon Appetit that she likes to start her day with either a smoothie, avocado toast, or oatmeal with egg whites. As for lunch, Jen told Yahoo! Food she sticks with a simple salad with protein, and has frozen grapes for a sweet snack.
Taylor Swift Goes Big At Breakfast
Taylor Swift doesn’t rely on “shaking it off” onstage to stay fit. To stay in shape, the singer keeps a clean diet throughout the week and enjoys her favorite comfort foods on the weekend. She Bon Appetit that she kicks off the day with buckwheat pancakes, ham, parmesan, and a fried egg.
After her hearty breakfast, she sticks to salads, sandwiches, and yogurt to stay healthy throughout the day. Some of her dinner favorites are mustard-roasted fish and sweet potato casserole. When it is time to splurge, Taylor loves baked goods and pumpkin spice lattes.
Julianne Hough Loves Juicing And Cheat Days
Dancer Julianne Hough eats clean most of the time, but she gives herself one day a week to indulge. She told ELLE that she starts her day by juicing, typically green vegetables, carrots, ginger, and lemon. After her workout, she’ll eat some steamed eggs with tomatoes and avocado.
For lunch, Julianne says she likes to make a wrap full of salad ingredients like lettuce and chicken. Dinner is typically a protein like salmon alongside veggies. The dancer’s favorite day is Sunday because that’s cheat day! She indulges in pizza, candy, and the other foods she avoids during the week.
Jessica Alba Has A Fantastic Four Diet Plan
Though Jessica Alba has maintained a fit physique over the years, she’s living proof that looks can be deceiving. After suffering from persistent fatigue, the actress hired a nutritionist who completely revamped her diet. She told Well + Good that her new plan starts with a morning green smoothie.
The Fantastic Four star also sticks to a “fab four” rule of thumb. Each meal should contain protein, fat, fiber, and greens. As a go-to snack, Jessica’s nutritionist encourages her to reach for some guacamole. These guidelines help balance the actress’ blood sugar levels, giving her consistent energy throughout the day.
Christie Brinkley Eats Chocolate Everyday
Christie Brinkley has been bikini-ready for decades, and she admitted to NY Mag that she’s tried everything when it comes to diets. At the end of the day, Christie learned it’s all about balance. Her meals are full of a variety of ingredients to keep her vegetarian diet lively.
She told Harper’s Bazaar that her breakfasts are loaded with fruit, seeds, and nuts over sheep’s milk yogurt. Lunch is a salad with avocado and leftovers, and her favorite dinner is brown rice with lentils, veggies, sweet potato, and more salad. Christie reportedly ends each day with a Gnosis Pom Açai raw chocolate bar.
Zoë Saldana Eats Predominantly Gluten-Free
Actress Zoë Saldana admitted in a Facebook post that she was a little nervous about getting back into shape after having twins. That’s why she obliterated the word “diet” from her vocabulary, focusing purely on making healthy decisions and exercising for recovery.
Zoë told Bon Appetit that her family eats 80% gluten-free and that green juices help her keep her stay balanced. She starts her day with avocado toast or eggs and considers honey chicken with quinoa and zucchini a “perfect” lunch. For dinner, there’s nothing like her mom’s potato and shrimp salad or a cauliflower crust pizza loaded with chicken and veggies.
Kate Hudson Avoids Highly Acidic Foods
Like many of us, Kate Hudson isn’t a morning eater. She told Self that she typically downs a coffee and a juice in the morning. Though she’s a self-proclaimed coffee addict, Kate tries to stick to a high alkaline diet, meaning she avoids acidic foods like meat and gluten.
The actress aims to have five protein-based meals a day, such as protein shakes and salad. When it is time to indulge, Kate reaches for Hawaiian pizza or gluten-free macaroni and cheese.
Jenna Dewan Keeps Her Meals Colorful
Jenna Dewan may bust through calories every day with her amazing dancing, but she still pays close attention to what she eats. The actress and dancer told Women’s Health that she starts her day with a green smoothie full of oil, seeds, veggies, and fruit.
Jenna’s go-to for lunch is a quinoa salad and she loves brown rice bowls for dinner. Keeping it colorful is important, so she’ll load up the dish with veggies like purple potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. For added flavor, she’ll add a touch of tahini sauce.
Lea Michelle Is All About Plant-Based Protein
Lea Michele told Women’s Health UK all about her diet, and it’s not one for the faint of heart. While many lead vegetarian or gluten-free diets, Lea does both! She does indulge in wheat-filled pasta or a meat and cheese plate every once in a while, but for the most part, it’s all about plant-based protein.
Avocado toast with eggs is one of her favorite morning picks, and she’ll pair it with a green juice. The actress has another green juice in the afternoon and is sure to stay stocked up on snacks that adhere to her selective diet.
LeAnn Rimes Avoids Cheese While On Tour
LeAnn Rimes says that she doesn’t focus on her image and restrictions the way she used to. Instead, it’s all about keeping her mind healthy and the rest follows. There are still a couple of guidelines she has in place, though. The singer told Us Weekly that she doesn’t eat cheese while on tour.
That’s because she indulges in it so much while at home, especially goat cheese and bites of her kids’ mac ‘n cheese. LeAnn also avoids eating fruit late in the day and tries to get in her daily dose of lean meats and veggies.
Gabby Douglas Keeps Her Lunches Light
You would think that someone who trains as hard as Gabby Douglas does could eat whatever she wanted. However, the athlete opts for a clean diet to keep her workouts fueled with healthy calories. Gabby told Cosmopolitan that she starts her day with oatmeal and tea.
After hours of working out, the gymnast is sure to load up on protein but also keeps it light since she has more training in the afternoon. She opts for lean meat, veggies, and nuts. In the evening, Gabby replenishes herself with pasta and gingerbread!
Karolina Kurkova Does An Afternoon Smoothie
Model Karolina Kurkova knows all about staying lean for her runway shows. According to People, the model follows the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” lesson many of us ignore. She starts her day with a hearty smoothie, greek yogurt with berries, or eggs and veggies.
Protein and vegetables are key components of all of Karolina’s meals. She’s also sure to get her healthy fats in with avocados, salmon, flax seeds, cod liver oil, and the like. For dinner, she likes to mix it up with beef stew or leek and potato soup.
Chrissy Teigen Isn’t A Big Snack Or Dessert Fan
Chrissy Teigen may be a model, but she loves flavorful food, so much so that she released a cookbook! She told delish that carbohydrates weigh her down in the morning, so she opts for eggs and meats over pancakes and pastries. The celebrity also uses pickled peppers to keep her dishes interesting.
Chrissy doesn’t follow the rule about eating light dinners, preferring to dive into a big steak before bed. She says she’ll wake up with cravings otherwise, and she doesn’t find snacks to be fulfilling. The model is also not a dessert fan, once saying “I could never eat dessert again.”
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Doesn’t Skip Meals
One of the key pieces of advice that model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shared with Cosmopolitan is to avoid skipping meals. She makes a point to eat before and after a workout, typically starting with eggs and spinach and grabbing a green smoothie afterward.
Another thing she does before lunch is drink eight cups of water! The model sticks to organic, nutritious foods and avoids takeout or frozen meals. As someone who bakes, Rosie knows all about cooking and does so with the best possible ingredients. At the same time, she avoids carbs on days she has a photoshoot or event.
Kristin Cavallari Focuses On Quality Ingredients
Reality television star Kristin Cavallari has come a long way since her days on Laguna Beach. According to her book Balancing in Heels, she eats completely differently these days than she did as a teen. Now, she isn’t focused on calories or grams of fat, but rather focuses on quality ingredients.
Before a workout, Kristin opts for a green smoothie with peppermint to give it a mint shake feel. She also bakes with coconut sugar, agave syrup, and oat or brown rice flour. For lunch, she loves soup with pureed cashews as a cream substitute, and dinner is all about protein and veggies, especially cauliflower “mashed potatoes.”
Olivia Munn Stuck To A Tight Diet For X-Men
Though Olivia Munn isn’t normally extremely strict about her diet, she did buckle down for the X-Men Apocalypse shoot. To pull off her role as Psylocke, Olivia not only trained to do her own stunts, but did it while eating predominantly fruits and veggies.
The actress told Women’s Health that she focused on eating whatever would be available at a farmers market. Olivia also cut back on meat and upped her nut and seed intake. The star dumped her wild diet the minute filming ended, but she still eats organic, has a smoothie every day, and doesn’t indulge too much.