- Jennifer Aniston makes healthy eating a priority at all times, preferring fresh, whole foods over restrictive fad diets.
- You won’t find prepackaged meals in her fridge — instead, she always has plenty of meal prep staples including pre-cut veggies, fruits, and protein.
- The actress definitely likes to indulge from time to time and opts for lightened-up versions of classic pasta dishes.
Ever since her breakthrough role on “Friends,” Jennifer Aniston has been one of the most famous people on the planet.
With her classic brand of California girl cool, it’s easy to see why so many people want to emulate everything from her effortless style to her typical diet regimen.
The good news is that Aniston is very open about her go-to meal and snack picks.
From her typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to the foods she won’t go near, to why she’s done with the trendy fad diets — here’s Jennifer Aniston’s take on dieting.
In 2016, the star gave her “general philosophy” on eating healthy, telling Yahoo! Food, “It’s pretty clear: eat as much organic fruits and veggies as you can, keep sugar [intake] low, drink tons and tons of water, and get good sleep.”
Of course, she’s still one of the wealthiest actresses in Hollywood, so she credits employing a personal chef with overhauling her eating habits. She used to work with home chefs Jewels and Jill Elmore who told Glamour magazine that they taught Aniston how to nourish her body with “real food — food that’s truly and naturally life-sustaining and delicious,” instead of the “prepackaged Zone meals, overcooked takeout, and occasional piece of cheese” that previously lined her fridge shelves.
She’s no longer interested in trying fad diets and always opts for filling breakfasts.
Aniston is done with fad diets and told Yahoo! Food that she tried the grapefruit diet and Nutri-System in her younger years, but said, “I don’t give myself any rules anymore.”
Her breakfast staples are filling, hearty, and delicious. In 2016, she told Elle magazine, “When I wake up, I have warm lemon water and then I have a shake or avocado and eggs, which is one of my favorites.”
As for how she likes her eggs prepared, she told Bon Appetit in 2016 she likes them over-easy. “I crack them into a bowl and I’ll add a white or two into that and pour it all into the pan to get more protein sans too much yolkage.”
And eggs are serious business in the Aniston household — she and ex-husband Justin Theroux inherited a chicken coop with the property they bought together. Aniston told Yahoo! Food they had “about 15 chickens in the backyard,” adding, “To go in and pick the eggs is super fun. We feed them in the mornings … My friends’ kids come over, and they can pick the eggs, too. It’s a fun thing we do.”
Her other breakfast favorite includes “oatmeal with an egg white whipped in at the end.” Aniston told Elle that Theroux taught her that “little move to get extra protein! Right before [the oatmeal] is finished cooking, you just whip in an egg white and it kind of gives it this fluffy texture that’s delicious.”
She’s a huge fan of smoothies.
She told Bon Appetit she whips up a breakfast smoothie with “bananas, cherries, a protein powder of some sort, almonds, cacao powder, and all sorts of other weird antioxidant stuff I can’t remember — with almond milk.” Note that per InStyle magazine, those “weird antioxidants” include maca powder, trace mineral drops, and vegan protein powder.
The “Cake” star also shared a photo of her breakfast during a 2015 takeover of haircare brand Living Proof’s Instagram page, showing off a slice of toast topped with a poached egg and seasoned with herbs with added slices of tomato and avocado on the side.
And since even the biggest megastars need a caffeine boost in the a.m., Aniston told Bon Appetit she “usually has just one cup of coffee a day. That’s it.”
She loves a good salad.
For lunch and dinner, Aniston is all about a salad. In fact, she ate lunch with her “Friends” co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow every day for 10 years, and all three ladies ate the same exact thing: the Aniston twist on a classic Cobb salad. Cox told The Los Angeles Times in 2010, “it wasn’t really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans and I don’t know what. She just has a way with food, which really helps. Because if you’re going to eat the same salad every day for 10 years, it’d better be a good salad, right?”
She may not stick with the Cobb anymore, but salads remain front and center. Aniston told Elle she eats “some form of vegetables or salad with protein — pretty basic” for lunch, and dinner is “probably the same.”
In fact, the “Mother’s Day” actress shared her “perfect salad” to Living Proof’s Instagram page in 2015, a hearty bulgur salad with cucumbers, parsley, mint, red onion, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, and pistachios.
Her fridge is always stocked with healthy meal prep staples. She told Yahoo! Food, she will “always have cut raw vegetables in a Tupperware container. Hard-boiled eggs are always great to have in the fridge, as well as a big head of butter lettuce. I also include protein, such as pulled chicken.”
She’s also a huge fan of frozen grapes, telling Women’s Health in 2014 it all started with a day at the spa. “I like the red ones — they’re really easy and delicious. They give you that frozen crunch. I was at a spa one time, and they gave me a little cup of frozen grapes after my mud bath soak or whatever. It was sort of like, ‘This is genius.'”
If hunger hits before dinner, she’ll go for “cheese stick “or a cup of soup,” according to People.
She does indulge from time to time.
But if all of this sounds pretty boring and healthy, Aniston swears she indulges from time to time, explaining to Elle that she used to “go all out” on Mexican food. She reiterated to Bon Appetit that she’s “powerless” around tortilla chips, adding, “I love salsa on everything. I love Mexican food in general.”
And when she was married, it seems pasta night was a staple in the Theroux household. She told Elle, “Pasta has taken over as my new favorite go-to-town food. Yes, he has brought the pasta back into my life,” she said, joking. “I don’t know whether I should thank him or hate him for that.” Her ex-husband’s pasta carbonara earned rave reviews, with the star calling it “irresistible,” adding, “I’ve learned how to make it and it’s not that bad for you.”
In fact, Aniston’s lightened-up pasta carbonara seems pretty easy for anyone to make, as she explained to Yahoo! Food, “We have eggs from our chickens, and then we make it ‘skinny style’ where we use turkey bacon instead of real bacon, eggs, and parmesan. No oil, butter or creams. And we use pasta water to make it juicier.”
She’s also a fan of a lightened-up vegetable lasagna, telling Yahoo! Food, “You have zucchini, eggplant that acts as a paste, and you layer it with different cheeses and put it in the oven,” she shared, adding, “That’s an easy group meal, and easy viewing party food.”
As for the two foods you’ll never find in Aniston’s house? She told Yahoo! Food, “Beets are not in our refrigerator, I’m not a fan. And you won’t find caviar. Nope, you can’t acquire that taste no matter how many people say that. It’s just a s—– taste.”
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