From long days on-set to round-the-world première schedules, being a star requires stamina. Tinseltown’s A-listers know the secret to unstoppable energy (not to mention a killer figure) is a well-balanced diet. Luckily for us, they love to talk about food as much as we do. We had celebrity nutritionists weigh in on the favourite meals of Hollywood stars like Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow and Giselle Bundchen-and share creative ways to enhance these delicious dishes.
JULIANNE HOUGH (pictured)
The dance pro sips her way through samba sessions with green juices. Donovan Green, Dr. Oz’s trainer and the author of No Excuses Fitness, adds iron-rich spinach, cold-fighting ginger, celery and tasty green apples to his; the apples help eliminate inflammation.
The mother of twins starts her day with a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, chia seeds for healthy fats, potassium-rich banana and mango. Opt for steel-cut oats, advises Donovan; they’re low in calories and contain cholesterol-lowering fibre. He also gives a thumbs-up to almond milk, which is high in the antioxidant vitamin E.
GWYNETH PALTROW (pictured)
Carrot soup keeps this star’s appetite satisfied, but if you need more to sustain you, Madeleine Shaw, author of Get the Glow, recommends topping soup with protein: think hard-boiled eggs and chicken. Or sprinkle in pine nuts for manganese to maintain blood sugar levels.
The Vampire Diaries star sinks her teeth into kale salad with antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds and roasted chicken. Unlike lettuce (which is primarily water), kale is packed with protein and vitamins A, C and K; the latter helps heal wounds and keeps bones strong.
GISELE BUNDCHEN (pictured)
Suppertime with the Bündchen-Brady bunch calls for wild salmon with quinoa and vegetables. That’s a model meal! The omega-3 fatty acid found in fish lowers the risk of heart disease while the protein and fibre in quinoa boost brain function and eliminate toxins, respectively. Swap a side of rice or potatoes for quinoa mixed with roasted vegetables and you’re set.
The Australian supermodel dines on ginger and garlic chicken with vegetables. Any vegetable is a good choice, but Madeleine’s mantra is “No raw after four,” because cooked veggies are easier to digest. The vitamin B6 in garlic keeps the digestive system healthy.