From Spinach Pancakes to Cottage Cheese Popsicles: 9 Celebrity Hacks for Healthy Eating
JENNIFER GARNER'S KALE CHIPS
When it comes to dietary vices, Garner says "blue corn chips are my nemesis." On the "Pretend Cooking Show" she hosts on her Facebook page, the actress shared her go-to crunchy substitution to save calories and add a boost of nutrition. Garner uses dinosaur kale—which is sturdier than traditional curly kale, yielding a more structurally-sound chip—and roasts it in the oven with olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper.
KRISTEN BELL'S BROCCOLI GARNISH
The actress' "major secret" to getting everyone (including herself) to eat their broccoli? Sprinkling it with crushed pretzels and parmesan. It may not add any nutritional value but, hey, that's why the broccoli's there!
LAUREN CONRAD'S LIGHTENED-UP POT PIE
The Hills alum and entertaining expert doubles up on the veggies and uses almond milk in place of heavy cream in her chicken pot pie filling, making comfort food a healthy endeavor. Don't worry, though, her from-scratch pastry crust is still ultra-buttery—it's all about balance, right?
CHELSEA CLINTON'S SNEAKY SPINACH
The former first daughter steams and blends spinach to pump some nutrition into her pancake batter—a move that drew the ire of Twitter when she posted this photo on National Pancake Day. Her 3-year-old daughter Charlotte approves, though. "[She] would eat them all if we let her!," Clinton wrote.
OLIVIA CULPO'S GUILT-FREE FUDGSICLES
Instead of buying the calorie-loaded (but undeniably delicious) store-bought chocolate pops, the model makes her own version at home using greek yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese as the base, then adds peanut butter, cocoa, powder and Stevia to sweeten it before freezing.
JENNIFER ANISTON'S CREAMLESS CARBONARA
For a creamy sauce without any cream, the actress saves the water she cooked the pasta in then tosses it back with the pasta along with an egg and some parmesan cheese. The starchy water creates a lucious sauce without any dairy.To go the extra mile in cutting calories, she subs in turkey bacon for the standard guanciale or pancetta. Get our version of her recipe HERE.
KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN'S APPLE CHIPS
Instead of stocking up on bags of potato chips, the mom of three whips up this sweet and crunchy snack “in a weekly batch” by baking thinly sliced apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon. “Whenever possible, I like to try to make things from scratch at home,” she writes on her app.
PADMA LAKSHMI'S DETOX DRINK
If you've been on an indulgent streak for a while (hey, it happens), Lakshmi has a concoction that she created to clease her body after she's done filming Top Chef. She calls it "Cranberry Drano," and it consists of unsweetened cranberry juice, green tea brewed with honey, fiber powder, a vitamin C packet and water. “It all gets stirred up and handed to me two or three times a day before I go on set or right after I come off set to keep the pipes clean,” she says.
CAMILA ALVES' TUMMY-FLATTENING TRICK
When the model and wife of Matthew McConaughey needs a sweet snack, she opts for baby food—something she says helps her de-bloat. She'll even sauté pureed vegetable packets in olive oil then add salt, pepper and spices and eat it like soup.