At 47, Gwyneth Paltrow is thriving. Her skin is glowing, her hair is shiny, and she looks incredibly fit. So it’s only natural to wonder what she eats on a regular basis. Is she living off an all-organic diet, with a few jade egg-level unusual foods in the mix? Does she secretly eat total junk?
Paltrow’s former personal chef, Kate McAloon, revealed in a 2017 interview that her family eats as healthy as you’d expect. “They are very strict. They avoided any sugars, anything sweet, no dairy, just more vegetables,” McAloon said. But, she ended up bending the rules a little. “When I got there I was trying to stick to the brief and I realized as I started adding more ingredients in, they said, ‘Your food is getting better!’” she recalled. “That’s what happens when you eat more than grass.”
She loads up on H2O first thing.
Paltrow told Harper’s Bazaar that she starts her day with “a large glass or two” of water. “Then, I sit down with my computer at the kitchen table before the kids wake up,” she said. Next up is coffee and “some quiet time” with her husband as they look ahead to their workday.
And she’s not really into breakfast.
“I’m not a big breakfast person,” Paltrow said. “I’ll eat brunch sometimes late on a weekend but, after I take my kids to school, I go straight to the gym and I always have a big thing of water at the gym.”
But a morning smoothie gets thrown into the mix.
Paltrow said on her Goop podcast in 2018 that, “on a normal day, I’ll have a smoothie for breakfast.” She tries to find something that has “good fat,” protein, and fiber. Among her go-tos: A cacao and almond butter smoothie with spinach and protein powder. If she’s in “a rush,” she’ll have a peanut butter protein bar.
She mixes it up if she had too much to drink.
Paltrow said this is very rare these days but, if she has a hangover, she told Harper’s Bazaar that she tries to have an egg sandwich or “something that will help me through it.”
Lunch is usually inspired by the Goop website.
Paltrow told Harper’s Bazaar that she’s big on “a salad with some protein,” although sometimes she’ll eat something that’s being tested in the Goop kitchen, like a turkey burger wrapped in lettuce.
Afternoon snacks are a must.
“Usually around three or four, I’ll hit the snack cupboard at the Goop office,” Paltrow said. There, she’ll grab something salty and crunchy, like cashews or pretzels.
She also likes to have a cup of green tea. “That will hold me through ‘til dinner,” she said.
She keeps dinner simple, but it varies.
Paltrow said on her Goop podcast that she’s a little looser with dinner. “For dinner, I have whatever I want,” she said. “But I do always try to avoid highly-processed foods and high-fructose corn syrup.”
“I cook every weekend, but during the week, it’s hard because of my job,” she told Shape. “I have a bunch of chicken dishes and pasta go-tos, and I do a lot of stir-fry for the kids. I always keep cooked brown rice in the fridge. Then it takes two minutes to chop up some vegetables, make a nice sauce, and you’re done.”
She’s also into one-pot dinners, like chicken in a Dutch oven with root vegetables and potatoes underneath. “I like to eat dinner on the early side,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I’ve gotten real geriatric about that 6:00, 6:30 dinner.”
She indulges occasionally.
“I love French fries, which is a well-known fact,” Paltrow said. “French fries are sort of my favorite meal. They’re technically a side, but I guess I could eat them for a meal—and I would.”
And, like the rest of us, sometimes she needs a nightcap. “I’ve been trying not to drink so much on weeknights, because it’s such an easy habit to fall into,” Paltrow said. “But sometimes, work is tough, and you just need one.” Her drink of choice: a Gibson, (a vodka martini with cocktail onions) or whiskey on the rocks.
Because she eats such healthy meals, Paltrow says she can “feel it” after indulging in processed foods and booze, per a 2017 interview with Women’s Health. “But at the same time, you want deliciousness, you want a fun life—pleasure! You’re going to have a baguette-and-cheese-and-red-wine frenzy sometimes—but you want it to be a choice you’re awake to: ‘I know this might not make me feel great, but today I’m choosing it anyway.’”
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