From her days in Destiny's Child to her breakout moment as a solo powerhouse, Beyoncé Knowles is literally blowing minds everywhere. She's now a wife, mother, and owner of her own activewear line, and the flawless Queen Bey shows no signs of stepping down form her throne any time soon. She continues to command the world's attention with jaw-dropping performances and chart-topping albums (let's talk about Lemonade)- all with the eternal support of her devoted "hive," so we have to wonder: What fuels Sasha Fierce?
Beyoncé has had her share of memorable food and drink moments, and she even boosted Red Lobster sales with a single reference in her song "Formation." But we really want to know what Bey eats on an average day. Though she's become increasingly more private about her life at home, she's shared several details over the years about the diet that allows her to maintain that killer bod, plus her favorite cheat-day eats.
SHE TOTALLY CUT OUT SNACKS.
Junk is definitely not allowed in Mrs. Carter's pantry. Before an interview with Marie Claire UK in 2008, Bey's reps laid down the law about what snacks weren't allowed: no chips, no candy, no desserts, no junk food, no fried food. But apparently popcorn is allowed:
SHE GOES HAM ON VEGETABLES.
Beyoncé broke down her daily meals for Shape: "I always have breakfast-say, scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or whole-grain cereal with lowfat milk. For lunch and dinner I eat a lot of fish and vegetables. And throughout the day, I try to stay hydrated." Totally doable, right?
SHE REALLY, TRULY KEEPS HOT SAUCE ON DECK.
With a bottle of Tobasco at the ready, Bey knows how to spice things up. Even instant Aïki noodles.
SHE SETS SMART WEIGHT-LOSS GOALS.
Beyoncé has an enviable combination of toned muscles and killer curves, but when she says "I woke up like this," she's not talking about her figure. "I'm not a naturally thin person. I have to work for it," she told Shape in a 2013 interview. Though she didn't use calorie counting as a tool, she definitely kept goals in mind when it came to eating and exercising. "I was at my ideal weight while working on my 'Crazy in Love' video… Whenever I want to get into amazing shape, that's the body size I aim for."
BUT SHE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN CRASH DIETS.
As a triple threat, Beyoncé has had to tweak her weight for tours and on-screen roles. As she prepared to play back-up singer Deena Jones in Dreamgirls back in 2006, she was put under pressure to drop 20 pounds. During an appearance on Oprah, she confessed that her weight-loss process wasn't the healthiest. "I wanted to lose weight and make a physical transformation. And it was difficult because I love food. I love to eat," she said. "I did a fast, a master cleanser for 14 days. Everybody was eating Krispy Kremes around me." Yep, even Yoncé gets hangry sometimes, and in hindsight, she's said she wouldn't recommend that approach.
PIZZA IS HER GO-TO SPLURGE.
Beyoncé works hard, and definitely deserves to play hard, so she makes a point of going easy on the diet regularly. "I always treat myself to one meal on Sundays when I can have whatever I want. Usually it's pizza, which is my favorite indulgence," she told Shape. Want to order your 'za like the Queen herself? Ask for extra tomato sauce and jalapeños (even though her hubby Jay-Z judges her for it).
SHE IS OBSESSED WITH IN-N-OUT.
The California based fast food chain is one of her weaknesses. But forget about animal style-her order is surprisingly simple: a classic cheeseburger.
SHE DRINKS ROSé TO RELAX.
She might sing about "sipping Cuervo with no chaser," but Bey has been known to sip rosé and white wine (and sometimes limoncello) while on vacation, like the classy lady she is.
SHE TRIES TO AVOID RED MEAT.
After gaining 57 pounds during her pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé was determined to get rid of the baby weight. In fact, she had to since she had a show scheduled just three months after giving birth! "I ate a very low-calorie diet. I stayed away from red meat and ate a lot of fish, replaced pasta and rice with quinoa, and drank only water."
SHE BECAME A VEGAN … FOR A WHILE.
In 2013, Bey and Jay both jumped on board with celebrity trainer Marco Borges' 22 Days Nutrition program. She helped promote the book and meal delivery service to go along with the plan, which includes 22 days of plant-based meals. The power couple eliminated processed foods and upped their servings of leafy greens, fresh berries, and other healthy items like vegan pizza. And Beyoncé apparently loved the results. During a Good Morning America appearance, she said, "I felt like my skin was really firm; a lot tighter when I deprived myself of food. And the weight stayed off."
After her 22 days were up, B admitted to going back to her old ways-sort of: "Now, you know, I still eat meat. It's all about balance, but absolutely I make better choices… If a Houston-born foodie like me can do it, you can too." Praise.
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