Shay Mitchell doesn’t stress too much about her diet.
“Food and exercise are all about balance for me,” the Pretty Little Liars star, 30, tells PEOPLE. “Unless I am prepping for something that requires I be really strict with my food, I really do try to eat healthy and clean — but will also have the slice of pizza if that’s what I’m craving.”
And while she’s relatively laid back about her food choices, the actress says leading an active lifestyle is important to her.
1½ to 2 liters alkaline water
Smoothie with a big handful of spinach, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup of almond milk, 1 scoop of Naked protein powder, 1 tsp. PB2 powder, 1 tsp. ground flaxseed, ice and water
2 mashed hard-boiled eggs with salt, pepper and chili oil
Brown rice cake
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Sweetgreen’s Spicy Sabzi Salad with organic baby spinach and carrots, shredded kale, spicy broccoli, raw beets, bean sprouts, spicy quinoa, basil, roasted sesame tofu, Sweetgreen hot sauce and carrot-chili vinaigrette
Baked salmon prepped with lemon and pepper with a side of asparagus
“Starting the day with green leafy veggies and natural protein powder is smart,” says Chicago-based dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, who gives Mitchell an “A+ for her fruits, veggies and water” intake. Blatner praises the actress for having a snack that includes high fiber and protein and choosing a healthy on-the-go lunch. Even though Mitchell’s lunch contains quinoa, Blatner also suggests the actress add even more grains to her dinner. “Whole grains are a natural, nutritious source of carbs, and by eating them we are less likely to crave junky carbs like candy and white pasta,” she says.
NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.