While we see her each morning, bubbly and alert, debating with Ryan Seacrest on her morning talk show, we can't help but wonder how Kelly Ripa maintains such high levels of energy and manages to stay in such great shape.
She never eats breakfast before going on "Live."
While the mom of three always cooks her kids breakfast in the mornings, she herself won't eat until after her "Live with Kelly and Ryan" taping has concluded.
"I never eat breakfast until after the show. I can't seem to focus my mind if my stomach is digesting," Ripa told Bon Appetit. "At the host chat desk, I'll have a triple shot skim latte. I usually have my yogurt and granola after the show. I find that if I eat beforehand, I'm just making digesting sounds."
She eats clean.
The 46-year-old talk show host prefers to keep their household eating right. She told Shape that she likes to eat a sliced chicken breast with sautéed spinach, lemon, and olive oil. And for lunch, she sticks to either a salad or yogurt and blueberries.
"I eat a very clean diet. I have lots of vegetables, I eat protein, but I really don't put a ton of thought into it. It's everything you've read about or heard about in any diet book – don't eat too much crap, and I don't," she told ABC News. "If that's the secret, then that's the secret!"
She loosely sticks to the alkaline diet.
Ripa is one of the many celebs that have sworn by the alkaline diet, where you only eat foods that are low in acid. While she claims this diet plan as "changed her life," there are still certain foods that she can't bring herself to eliminate completely from her diet.
"I like to drink coffee. I occasionally will have fish. The alkaline diet is primarily a vegan diet, but I like cream in my coffee. I like to have a glass of wine," Ripa told People. "So I don't adhere to it strictly, but when I do a cleanse, it will be seven days, and then I go back to my normal life. But my normal life is not that different than the alkaline cleanse."
And what's included in her "normal life" meals?
"At dinner, I eat a ton of vegetables - and a salad, soup, or a light piece of fish. I try not to have too much cheese or too many high-fat foods, even though I love them," she previously told Good Housekeeping. "I would love nothing more than to have pizza and french fries every day, but I try to limit those treats to once a week."
She tends to snack healthy - unless there's Goldfish crackers.
While Ripa takes her workouts seriously, she too sometimes can't resist a midday snack break.
"After work, I'll have a protein bar and some flaxseed snacks," she told Good Housekeeping. "I always have Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. I cannot give them up."
She always keeps a few staples on hand.
Like the white wine she just can't give up, there are a few other must-have food items she always keeps stocked in her kitchen, such as Greek yogurt, blueberries, broccoli, and spinach. Talk about a healthy fridge!
"Non-fat Greek yogurt. Even though my children don't enjoy it the way I do - unless I put honey and granola and make it look like some parfait - it's a must. Also: half-and-half. For the most part, Mark and I have very clean diets. But we love cream in our coffee," she told Bon Appetit. "We also always have leeks in the fridge. My kids love leeks. It's that vegetable that you would be surprised children would like, but they love it."
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