Katherine Schwarzenegger, 31, may have grown up in the spotlight (her parents are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver), but she's making a mark all her own. The podcaster, author (her 2020 The Gift of Forgiveness is just the latest of her string of bestsellers), and new mom is also an ambassador for the Best Friends Animal Society and ASPCA, putting her heart and soul into projects and causes she cares about.
Health and wellness have also been front-and-center for much of her life. "I grew up with both of my parents being really great examples of [healthy eating]," Katherine tells Women's Health. "I grew up in the world of health and fitness but it was also about being able to enjoy food and to be active. I try to be somebody who works out and is able to have fun with food."
The healthy foundation Katherine learned from her parents has been even more important since she became a mom. (Katherine and her husband Chris Pratt—perhaps you've heard of him?—welcomed baby daughter Lyla into the world in August.)
"I'm always mindful of being healthy and of what I put in my body," she says. "It's really important, especially when breastfeeding like I am, to be able to be healthy and mindful of your diet. I want to show my daughter, as she gets older, that we take good care of our bodies. That's important to me."
Here's what Katherine Schwarzenegger eats in a day to feel her best—for herself and her family.
Katherine wakes up early, thanks to her baby daughter (a.k.a. alarm clock). Her early mornings call for caffeine, so Katherine makes a latte with Planet Oat oat milk to kickstart her day.
"My mornings can be really jam-packed, so I like to have quick and easy breakfast meals on hand that I can grab and go," she tells WH. Usually, she stashes jars of PB&J Overnight Oats made with oats, oat milk, yogurt, and peanut butter in the fridge to grab and top with raspberries, jam, more peanut butter, and crushed peanuts.
If Katherine has extra a.m. time, she makes herself banana pancakes. Her fave recipe requires just oats, oat milk, almond flour, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, a ripe banana, salt, and baking powder.
Katherine's mid-day mealtime can vary from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., because #momlife. "It just really depends on the day and how things are going with the baby and what time I get up in the morning," she says.
"For any lunch, I do something pretty light and easy most of the time," Katherine explains. "I usually eat a salad." She tops her salad bowls with white bean dip for extra flavor, fiber, and plant protein. (It's a delish concoction of canned cannellini beans, garlic, lemon zest and juice, Planet Oat Original Oatmilk, olive oil, parsley, and salt and pepper.)
Katherine says that healthy snacks are clutch between meals on unpredictable days as a new mom.
"Ever since being pregnant, I've been snacking on a lot of bell peppers," she says. In the afternoons, she whips out her bean dip again to pair with pepper slices.
For Katherine, this snack combo is a great way to squeeze in extra veggies throughout the day. "I've always felt that once you have veggies cut and a dipping option in your refrigerator, you have an easier time snacking healthily," she says. In addition to peppers, Katherine loves dunking cucumbers or celery.
Katherine's always been a fan of early dinners (now between 5 and 6 p.m.) and early bedtimes, but especially so after giving birth. It's her way of getting as much shut-eye as possible before crack-of-dawn baby wake-ups.
"I have a really early dinner because I put my daughter down and try to go to bed shortly after that," she says. "I actually enjoy having dinner earlier just because it gives you time to digest. I've honestly always gone to bed early and woken up early, so just give or take a few hour's difference."
Katherine keeps her dinners on the light side so as not to feel overstuffed before bed. "I try to keep it light in the evening because I don't like to go to bed with a crazy full tummy."
That said, her meal formula usually includes protein and veggies. "I always like to have some sort of protein, like salmon or chicken, in the evening," she says.
Lately, she's also been digging stuffed mushrooms. "Stuffed mushrooms are really great. They're super yummy and a healthy option to incorporate," she says. "I like to pop them in the oven because they're easy; I'm not an expert when it comes to cooking."
Katherine loves to bake and leaned into the hobby big time in 2020. (She has an entire Instagram highlight of delish treats.) She's all about cookies and granola, which she says is a staple in her house.
She's also a big fan of her local bakery. "My favorite in LA to go to for treats is Sweet Laurel," Katherine says. "Everything's made with clean ingredients, so that's another thing that I really have been enjoying."
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