Model Precious Lee craves healthy foods and eats tons of vegetables and nuts — just don't call it a diet

By Julie Mazziotta
November 03, 2017 03:49 PM
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For model Precious Lee, eating wholesome meals isn’t a chore.

“I actually crave healthy foods like green juice, nuts and kombucha,” Lee, 28, tells PEOPLE.

But the 5’11” model, who flat out says she “doesn’t diet,” has made changes to her eating habits to incorporate healthier routines.

“I have learned that portion control is key,” she says. “Eating a fist full of chocolate covered raisins for dessert is okay — just don’t eat the whole box! I’ve also learned to eat slower and actually savor the meal. I try to avoid eating while watching TV as well.”

And Lee, who became the first black curvy model in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2016, has learned some easy swaps, like trading soda for seltzer and switching out red meat and chicken for vegetarian meals.

For more on Lee’s healthy meals, read on for a day of her food diary.


Glass of water

Cup of Coffee

Protein shake with spinach, berries, almond milk and coconut water


Ginger berry Kombucha juice


Bowl of cacio e pepe pasta

Roasted shishito peppers

2 spicy mescal margaritas

2 glasses of sparkling water


Large salad with butternut squast, peppers, greens, low sodium bacon and balsamic vinegar

3 glasses of sparkling water


Stove top popcorn and chocolate covered raisins

Glass of sparkling water

Total Calories: 2,580

The Verdict:

Lee has a great variety of nutrients and probiotics in her meals, says Chicago-based dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. The model starts off with an excellent shake filled with greens, and “using coconut water and almond milk as the base is smarter than fruit juice,” says Blatner. She then adds probiotics for digestion with her snack of kombucha. At lunch, Blanter likes the shishito pepper appetizer for additional vegetables, and is all for a margarita — but suggests a natural, low-sugar version that’s just seltzer, fresh lime and tequila. She also praises Lee’s salad at dinner for being “healthy, but not too goody-two-shoes,” with the bacon alongside veggies. And Lee’s salty-sweet combo for dessert adds a great “high-fiber, whole grain snack” to cap off the day.

NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.