Meghan Markle has long extolled the virtues of yoga and pilates, but she also appreciates the importance of a well-balanced diet. The former Suits actress is no stranger to the odd bowl of chips, but she also knows that a green juice will give you more energy at 4pm than a coffee.
She always eats breakfast
Her wake-up dish of choice? Steel-cut oats with bananas or fruit topped with manuka honey and bee pollen, washed down with a hot water and lemon. When she's not working, she mixes it up, instead choosing an omelette with fresh herbs and cheese, and toast.
During the week, she follows a vegan diet
"I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends," she told Best Health. "But at the same time, it’s all about balance. Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things. It’s not a diet; it’s lifestyle eating."
The best dish she ever ate in her life was pad-thai
"There's no Michelin star, it's not fancy," she told Delish. "I took a bite and said, 'what have I been eating all my life?' This is what pad thai's supposed to taste like?"
She steers away from gluten
Markle isn't gluten-intolerant, but she has a noticed a difference in terms of energy levels and in how good her skin looks when she avoids it. But that said...
Pasta is her kryptonite - especially on holiday
"When I'm travelling, I won't miss an opportunity to try great pasta. I come back from vacation every year with a food baby, and I've named her Comida. I get to the set and I'm like, 'hey, Comida's here, and she's kicking.'"
She has a "filthy" pasta recipe
A friend once convinced her to cook courgettes for four to five hours until it turns into a "filthy, sexy mush" to toss into 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," Markle said.
Chips are her favourite lunchtime food
"I'm always hoping I'm having lunch with people, so we can share fries. It's its own food group for me," said Markle.
She swaps coffee for green juices
Rather than have a 4pm coffee, Markle has a green juice as her late afternoon pick-me-up. "It's easy to fall into the trap of rushing for a coffee when you hit that 4pm slump," she told Today. "But if I blend some apple, kale, spinach, lemon, and ginger in my Vitamix in the morning and bring it to work, I always find that sipping on that is a much better boost than a cup of espresso."
She's into healthy snacks
Forget crisps and chocolate, her go-to snack comprises apples with almond butter and sea salt.
She has a big lunch, but a light dinner "typically soup"
"I'm more peckish at lunch, so I usually go lighter for dinner."
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