What Chrissy Teigen Eats in a Day to Stay Fit and Glowing
Find out how the activist, model, author, TV personality and mommy of two eats.
Chrissy Teigen has lived a whole lot of life in her (almost) 34 years. She's been a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, food blogger turned best-selling cookbook author, an entrepreneur, TV personality, social justice activist, Twitter comedian and a proud mama of two kids. Oh yeah, and she's married to PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive, John Legend.
While Teigen used to be a big advocate for low-carb dieting and focused on maintaining a "model weight," a lot has changed in recent years. Since becoming a mom and a major influencer in the world of food, Teigen has let her passion for cooking, being with her family and enjoying life take priority over an exact number on the scale.
"Since I was 20 years old, I had this weight in my mind that I am, or that I'm supposed to be," Teigen told Women's Health. "I've been so used to that number for 10 years now. And then I started realizing it was a swimsuit-model weight. There's a very big difference between wanting to be that kind of fit and wanting to be happy-fit."
Teigen doesn't look like a glowing goddess by cooking from her Cravings cookbooks every night (after all, her recipes can be pretty indulgent), but we can appreciate her more down-to-earth food and wellness philosophy. Here's what she eats in a day to stay glowing, fit and healthy:
Chrissy loves a savory breakfast—this morning she shared a picture of her eggy avocado toast via Instagram stories. Teigen told Shape that she has to have eggs every day. While she's unashamed of her love for a Sausage, Egg and Cheese McMuffin from McDonald's, she loves to whip up a hearty farmer's breakfast plate at home with eggs, sausage or turkey bacon, sliced avocado and grilled tomatoes. Just don't forget the hot sauce—Teigen loves condiments, especially Cholula.
Teigen is also a fan of savory oats in the morning, and our Sriracha, Egg & Avocado Overnight Oats is the perfect combo of her favorite breakfast foods. Serve it up with some turkey bacon, and you have a seriously amazing and hearty way to start the day.
In case you didn't know, Chrissy really loves chicken. Like a whole lot. While fried chicken is one of her all-time favorite foods, we're pretty confident she doesn't eat her chicken fried at every meal. I mean, her book is called Cravings for a reason. You can find her noshing on grilled chicken salads with all the toppings, coconut-chicken curries or a sandwich.
If you really want to lunch like Chrissy, you'll opt for chicken thighs over breasts since they pack more flavor. Our Thai Yellow Chicken Thigh Curry is the perfect 30-minute meal, since it's nourishing and ultra-comforting. You can also make it ahead and pack leftovers for lunch.
While Teigen loves all kinds of food, there are a few that make their way into her daily routine. She told Shape that she loves snacking on avocado halves with a little salt and pepper. (We're guessing there's likely some Cholula around for this snack, too). She's also been known to sip on bone broth between meals when she was nursing her second child, Miles.
And while Chrissy is queen of many things, one of her greatest specialties may just be the midnight snack. She famously told PEOPLE earlier this summer that she loves a ham and cheese sandwich—made with Velveeta slices and mayo—for a bedtime snack.
"I eat half of it before I fall asleep and then I wake up three hours later, maybe around 3:00 A.M. and I eat the other half. It's just become a thing and I cannot stop." Teigen said.
Dinnertime is typically Teigen's biggest and most exciting meal of the day. She has a huge respect for her mom's cooking (you've likely seen her on Instagram or on Chrissy's new site), and one of her absolute favorite dinners is her mother's branzino with lemon, garlic and rosemary. Yep, she eats the whole thing.
She also loves Frito Pie during football season—you can watch her make it on Instagram under her "Cravings" highlight. Teigen also recently told Food & Wine that she and her husband have been dining on his Jamaican Curry Chicken recipe at least once a week. Oh, and don't forget pasta. Teigen's Lemon Arugula Cacio e Pepe is a favorite from her first cookbook.
Cheer on the Seattle Seahawks with Chrissy by whipping up our Firehouse Frito Pie, with all your favorite toppings. Oh, and you'll definitely want to be generous with the cheese.
This section almost seems irrelevant for Teigen, because unlike many celebs out there, Teigen is more focused on promoting body positivity than an ideal these days. She doesn't starve herself or wait for a "cheat day" to binge on junk—she lets her body (and cravings, of course) guide her.
Earlier this year, Teigen shared via Twitter that she was still 20 pounds heavier than before having her second child, but wasn't going to hold herself to an unrealistic number she used to always have in her head because she loves food too much (especially since her lowest weight was when she was suffering from postpartum depression after having her daughter).
Both of Teigen's cookbooks involve enjoying life's greatest pleasures, and to her, that sometimes includes fast food, specifically from Taco Bell or McDonald's.
"I get haters who ask why I would eat that kind of meat?" she tells Delish. "There's a balance with anything. When I cook, everything is organic and very clean; I'm meticulous and kind of insane about it. But sometimes you just want a Doritos Locos Taco."
"What I love about Chrissy is she's very transparent and real with her fans. It's clear that she LOVES food and isn't afraid to eat it—which feels really refreshing coming from a supermodel," says Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D. and nutrition editor for EatingWell. Valente adds, "It's clear that she's getting fruits and vegetables into her diet, in addition to some of the more indulgent foods she enjoys. I love that she celebrates food."
However, no one's diet is perfect, and Valente just has a slight concern over this whole bedtime ham sandwich thing.
"The one place where she may want to make a dietary change, if she hasn't already given it up or cut back, is her nightly ham and cheese sandwich. Not only is it processed meat, I don't know that it's safe to be eating a sandwich that's been left unrefrigerated for more than two hours. It's also probably not great for her teeth, if she doesn't get up and brush them afterwards."
It's important to remember that following someone's diet doesn't mean you will automatically look more like them. As gorgeous and glowing as Chrissy is, what works for her body, palate and schedule may not work for yours. I think I can speak for Chrissy here when I say that as interesting as it is to learn about what our favorite celebrities eat, we all need to find our own way to being healthy and balanced.