Actress Jenna Dewan is the first to admit that she has done a lot of things out there in the name of wellness. “Juice cleansers, colonies, charcoal rinses … I’ve done it all,” she says. Dewan – who announced in September that she is pregnant – writes about the parts of wellness that actually resonated with her in his new book, Gracefully You: Find beauty and balance in everyday life. The book is full of tips on how to use everything from mantras to movement to connect with your deeper self and feel more balanced.
Of course, part of feeling balanced is eating in a way that makes you feel nourished. For Dewan, it means following the 80/20 diet, a meal plan defined by eating healthy 80 percent of the time and in a more “everything goes” way 20 percent of the time. “I’ve tried a lot of different meal plans and this is the one that works for me,” Dewan says.
Here’s a look at the plant-based meals that Jenna Dewan typically eats in one day.
“Every day I wake up and make a Glowing Green smoothie using nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s recipe,” says Dewan. “I met Kimberly about seven years ago and have been making these green smoothies pretty much every day since. It’s made with spinach, romaine, celery, apple and pear, so it’s filled with really good fiber.”
“Once in a while, instead of the smoothie, I want a sprouted cereal mix with raspberries, blackberries and strawberries on top,” she adds. “It’s really crunchy and satisfying.”
Training plan: “My training schedule varies depending on my schedule and whether I am preparing for a role, recording or anything else on the way, “she says.” Mostly I train three or four times a week. My go-to workout is Pilates, which has really strengthened and toned my body in a way that makes me feel stronger than when I danced ten hours a day. I also like cardio yoga. Sometimes I train with my trainer when I need to bulge up to get my muscles a little bigger. I get bored with training easily, so I like to switch it up. “
“I want either a big lunch and a small dinner, or a small dinner and big lunch – depending on whether I have a work meeting or not and how my body feels. If I have two big meals, my body just does it. it does not feel good, “says Dewan. “Typically for lunch I want a cereal bowl, made with quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, cucumber and palm heart – or quite frankly what vegetables are in my fridge at the moment. I have some tortilla chips next to There’s a chipotle sauce, I like to buy from Whole Foods, which is a little spicy and hot, so I like to add it upstairs with a little lemon juice, salt and pepper. I love dishes that have some kick over them. “
“For dinner, if I want something more hearty, I like to make brown rice pasta with toasted tomato sauce or pesto. Sometimes I just want pasta,” says Dewan. (Same.) “I’m partly Lebanese and I also really like making kabuli [a type of rice pilaf popular in Afghanistan] and tabbouleh [a Middle Eastern grain and vegetable salad]. I make tabbouleh with quinoa, parsley, mint, tomato, onion, olive oil and lemon juice. I take hot pita bread and put tabbouleh, hummus and tahini in it. I also love rice, so I make a lot of rice dishes, and add a lot of vegetables in them. It’s a really good meal for me. “
However, you will not see dessert on her plate. “I do not have a sweet tooth, so I am not a big dessert person,” says Dewan. “But I love salty snacks. If I had to choose between a piece of cake or french fries, I would think ‘give me all the fries.’ Girl after my own heart, TBH.
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