We may not have personal chefs, but we can still eat like celebrities. Take a cue from your favorite celeb and change up the family menu with one of these celebrity-inspired meal plans.
Inspired by ageless celebs like Demi Moore and Halle Berry, Celia Westberry, author of Eat Yourself Younger Effortlessly, promotes recipes that help celebrities look and feel younger:
- Eat five small, nutrient-rich meals per day to increase metabolic rate, maintain weight and improve overall health.
- Keep your pantry stocked with condiments, canned tomatoes, beans, coconut and soy milk and 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice.
- Shop at least once a week for the firmest produce and freshest meats for the tastiest and healthiest meals.
- Purchase fresh food in small quantities, since your portion sizes will be smaller. Westberry's recipes follow recommended USDA portion sizes, which may seem small compared to modern portion sizes, which can be up to four times larger.
Meal plans and recipes are available in Westberry's book. A daily menu might look like this:
- Breakfast: Egg, sliced tomatoes, slice of whole grain bread with butter
- Snack: Fresh orange juice and spring water
- Lunch: Soup, salad, slice of cornbread, herbal tea
- Teatime: Decaf green tea, handful of nuts, dried apricots
- Dinner: Fish with tomato sauce, cup of steamed veggies, 1/2-cup of rice with parsley pesto
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Inspired by Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Osbourne
Katie Fanok, a former contestant on Dance Your Ass Off, has lost almost 100 pounds. Fanok's meal plans keep food exciting and healthy and help you to keep the weight off.
- Drink 10 glasses of water every day.
- Cut the salt -- don't add it to anything.
- Exercise daily: stretching, walking, dancing.
Lose seven pounds in seven days menu:
- Breakfast: Southwestern omelet
- Snack: Apple or pear
- Lunch: Green salad and lean protein (salmon, shrimp, chicken breast)
- Snack: Turkey sandwich with lettuce and mustard on high-fiber, low-calorie bread
- Dinner: Steamed green veggies, lean protein, brown rice
- Snack: Low-calorie fudge bar
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Inspired by Alicia Silverstone and Natalie Portman
Some people become vegan to lose weight, but others appreciate the health benefits. A vegan diet can reverse heart disease, prevent cancer, regulate hormonal imbalances and more. By definition, a vegan is a person who doesn't eat meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy or foods processed with animal products, such as gelatin.
A vegan meal plan might look like this:
- Breakfast: Scrambled tofu, whole wheat bread, cantaloupe
- Snack: Soy yogurt, flaxseeds
- Lunch: Black bean and sweet potato salad, grapefruit
- Snack: Trail mix
- Dinner: Cooked quinoa, grilled vegetables
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Inspired by Ali Landry and Alison Sweeney
Celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler helps her clients eat healthy with Sunday Set-Up. "While it's great in theory," says Kaehler, "preparing healthy, whole, organic meals every night of the week can be quite the feat. Instead of stressing about how you are going to pull it together night after night, Sunday Set-Up is your plan-ahead solution."
- Step one - Get: Every Sunday, you set up your meals for the week by shopping the local farmers' market or natural food store.
- Step two - Prep: Cut up your veggies, boil your eggs, cook your chicken. Prepare all of the fresh foods you'll be using in the coming week's recipes.
- Step three - Store: Your fridge and pantry should contain the following essentials:
- Vegetables: Chopped onions, shredded red cabbage, chopped peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, kale, broccoli
- Dairy/protein: Eggs, chicken, beans
- Healthy carbs: Brown rice, whole wheat pasta
- Select a recipe using one or more of the above, and voila!
Inspired by Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna have drawn a lot of attention to the macrobiotic diet. The diet plan is not about dieting, it's a way of life that combines Zen Buddhist principles with a modern vegetarian diet. The plan is to eat foods in their most natural form, as cooking destroys their nutritional value. The foods are low in saturated fats and high in fiber. Foods are categorized by use:
- Use often: Whole grains, green leafy vegetables, round vegetables, roots, soy beans, green tea, mixed-grain coffee, spring water
- Use occasionally: Beans, tofu, vinegar, fish, seeds and nuts, dried fruits, berries, tree fruit, clear fruit juices, organic beer, wine, soy milk, vegetable juices, herbal teas
- Use rarely/avoid: Baked flour products, refined grains, tropical nuts, tropical fruits, red meats, poultry, dairy, tomatoes, potatoes, artificial sweeteners, carbonated beverages, distilled water, hard liquor
Most macrobiotic foods are prepared by pressure cooking, boiling, blanching, steaming, soup-making, stewing, sautéing, pressing or pickling.
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