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This story originally appeared on CookingLight.com by Lauren Wicks.
Jennifer Aniston has been a pop culture icon for longer than I’ve been alive, which is a pretty impressive feat. And whether you’re watching her as 1994 Rachel Green in Friends, or most recently as Rosie in Dumplin’, she somehow looks almost THE EXACT SAME.
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While Aniston is a big fan of working out, that’s only part of how she says so fit and youthful. We did some investigating into Aniston’s diet, and man, it is squeaky clean!
“Eat as [many] organic fruits and veggies as you can, keep sugar [intake] low, drink tons of water, and get good sleep,” Aniston told Yahoo Food. Read below to learn more about what the actress eats in a day, and if her diet is actually healthy.
• Protein shake OR
• Avocado and eggs OR
• Gluten-free cereal and a banana OR
• Oatmeal and egg whites
Jennifer Aniston likes to mix it up for breakfast, and I admire that. And any of those meals could get pretty boring after awhile. But what’s the deal with the egg whites in her oatmeal?
Aniston told Elle her now ex-husband, Justin Theroux, gave her this tip to help boost the protein content in her morning bowl of oats. She just cooks an egg white while her oatmeal is heating up and then whisks it in for a creamy texture and a 4-gram protein boost! I love a sneaky health tip.
Lunch and Dinner
• Protein and vegetables
• Salad with protein
Though there are plenty of veggies to choose from, this regimen could still get tiring. However, if you’re going to eat a lot of the same foods, they might as well be healthy proteins and vegetables.
If Anniston wanted to switch it up a bit (and add some major flavor), she should try our Grilled Salmon With Tomato-Avocado Salsa or our protein-packed Chicken and Cucumber Salad With Parsley Pesto, which both come together in 20 minutes or less. Perfect for her busy schedule!
• Apples and nuts or nut butter
This snack is the perfect combo of carbs, healthy fat, and protein. Plus, you can store it in your purse on jam-packed days. Aniston can store hers in her Louis Vuitton bag, I’ll store mine in my Target satchel.
Aniston told Elle Mexican food used to be her go-to cheat meal, but she has since opted for a big bowl of pasta. Theroux shared an “irresistible” lighter pasta carbonara recipe with her that uses turkey bacon, egg, Parmesan, and pasta water, while ditching the oil, butter, and cream. Sounds pretty meh to me—and nothing at all like a cheat meal—but, hey, to each their own.
We have two amazing pasta carbonara recipes of our own that are lighter than traditional recipes, but still full of flavor. She might just want to check out our Veggie-Forward Carbonara with all the best spring vegetables or our Whole-Wheat Carbonara that packs less than 350 calories per serving.
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• Sliced raw veggies
• Hard-boiled eggs
• Butter lettuce
• Pulled chicken
Aniston finds it much easier to stick to her eating regimen when everything she needs is ready and waiting in the fridge when she needs it. She told Yahoo Food she doesn’t have to change her diet much when awards season comes around and she’s looking to tone up a bit because she already eats healthy—and how much cleaner can one get? But Aniston does cut back on the sodium and ramp up her workouts to look her best. And these items are perfect for adding a nutritional boost to any meal.
This eating regimen seems pretty intense to me, and I thought I’d reach out to our Cooking Light and EatingWell Nutrition Editor, Lisa Valente, MS, RD, to get her expert opinion on Jennifer Aniston’s diet. Here’s what she thought:
“I love that she doesn’t need to do strict cleanses or resets because she sticks to an overall healthy diet all the time,” Valente says. “However, she probably could loosen up a little bit. I don’t know how realistic it is for us normal people to stick to such a strict regimen, but she’s definitely getting her vegetables in—something we all could stand to eat more of.”
Valente says she would love to see some more complex carbs—the “good” ones—in her diet, like whole grains, starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, and more fruit. She says simply adding berries to her oat-egg white concoction or rounding out her salad with some quinoa or another wholesome grain would help her get more nutrition and variety in her diet. Valente believes the aim of a healthy diet is to eat mostly whole foods with a few treats mixed in to stay sustainable.
“Eating a well-balanced diet should be more about feeling good, rather than looking a certain way or like a certain celebrity,” Valente says. “What works for Jen, may not work for you and that’s OK.”
This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com