“I try to eat almost the same thing everyday as it makes food shopping and what to eat much easier as well as healthier,” Navedo, 47, tells PEOPLE. “Since I don’t have much time to cook, I tend to cook in bulk and eat leftovers.”
For meals throughout the week, the 5’6″ actress says she will “blanch a bunch of broccoli and refrigerate to have on hand to sauté as needed.”
“Also, to save time, add flavor and stay healthy, I chop fresh garlic in a processor and freeze in a zip lock and break off chunks as needed,” she says.
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4 to 5 glasses of water
Breakfast #1, 6 a.m.
Coffee with almond/coconut milk and cinnamon
Breakfast #2, 9 a.m.
2 scrambled eggs
Acai bowl with mango, coconut and banana
Turkey meatballs in tomato sauce and spaghetti squash
Glass of red wine
“Eating protein first thing in the morning helps Andrea crush hunger before it has a chance to start,” says Atlanta-based dietitian Marisa Moore. She also gets kudos for including greens at breakfast. And filling up on fiber and protein from the eggs and beans is a solid way to power through the morning. But “I encourage her to add some variety with roasted peppers or Brussels sprouts, to ensure she gets a wide range of nutrients,” says Moore. For a filling lunch, she suggests adding nuts or seeds: “They boost the satiety factor and provide a dose of healthy fats, fiber and protein.”
NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.