Nikki Reed has been wowing us on the screen since 2003 when she first starred in Thirteen. A few years later we fell in love with her as Rosalie in the Twilight Saga and now, she is a super mom to little Bodhi, wife to Ian Somerhalder, a badass actress, activist and an avid healthy eater. How healthy, exactly? Well, she recently let us take a look inside her fridge and answered all of our burning food questions. Let’s take a look.
SheKnows: Tell us a little bit about what’s in your fridge.
Nikki Reed: I just got home and I just went to the supermarket. We try to live a pretty plant-based lifestyle so our fridge is pretty fruit and vegetable heavy. I make my own cashew milk and almond milk so we have a couple jars of that. That pretty sums up the fridge and then of course, the freezer is stocked with Raised Real and of course, I was thrilled to come home to that because nothing makes a mom feel better than knowing you don’t have to get creative after 20 hours of travel and everyone is jet lagged and you don’t have to cook for your little one.
SK: Totally. So what would you say is your go-to healthy snack?
NR: I like things, especially right now as a busy mom — I mean, all moms are busy, stay-at-home-moms, 9-to-5 moms, everyone, and nothing makes me happier than knowing me knowing I can make a quick and healthy snack like cutting a butternut squash in half and cooking it in the oven is a great one. I mean, you do nothing but stick it in and wait!
SK: We know Bodhi loves Raised Real, but can you give us an example of one of your favorite weeknight meals for you and Ian?
NR: You’re totally going to think this is just part of what we’re talking about but honestly, when I make Raised Real for Bodhi, we eat it also. I know it’s meant for tiny humans but it’s just so easy and so flavorful. Mealtime is really important for us as a family. We’re busy, working people and life right now is less about spending time in front of the stove and more about being present and spending together. And I think that’s important for a child’s development too.
SK: What would you consider the ultimate comfort food?
NR: What a great question! Normally I would say something fried but I’ve found myself in so many airports lately and everything seems to be fried. Hmm, something really decadent. Maybe like a super dense, flourless chocolate cake.
SK: What would you say is your signature dish?
NR: You know, I spend so much time now NOT cooking. Before I had a child I spent so much time making beautiful meals, but after you have a child you just don’t have the time for that, you know? Um, a brown rice stir fry seems to be my signature right now. A really gorgeous tofu, stir-fried.
SK: Any food you absolutely can’t stand?
SK: Oh, really?
NR: I hear it’s a genetic thing. Some people are just born hating cilantro.
SK: How would you say your diet has changed postpartum, if at all?
NR: Well, sometimes you end up making things that aren’t that great for yourself because you simply don’t have the time, so I think that’s one of the beautiful things about having a support system and having help. Whatever that help may be postpartum. I had a whole postpartum plan in place with a team of friends and mamas in place, my mom was a part of that, and we all researched and tried to prepare the most nutrient-dense meals, and then as time went on and I started cooking for myself again and for my child. You find yourself really struggling with getting creative. So I think that’s why having a support system — whether that’s friends, your community or a farmer’s market — is so important.