“We’ve got to really be conscious and mindful around what we put inside our bodies,” Aniston tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “And how we sleep and how we eat and how we take care of ourselves.”
For Aniston, 47, that means starting every day with a cup of hot water with lemon — “it’s great to put that alkaline into your body first thing in the morning,” she says — followed by a cup of coffee with low-fat milk and stevia.
The star’s breakfast is usually a protein shake. “I’ll put in bananas, cherries, blackberries, a greens powder, a collagen peptide, a little cacao powder, chocolate stevia drop and chocolate almond milk,” she says. “You can see I like chocolate-flavored. I don’t like protein taste.”
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For a mid-morning snack, Aniston will grab a hard-boiled egg: “I’ll have one a few hours after I have my shake.”
A lunch favorite is seared ahi tuna with cucumber and lentil salad. “Maybe olive oil,” she adds. “I use Bragg’s amino acids to replace soy sauce.”
If she gets hungry in the afternoon, the actress might grab a cheese stick “or a cup of soup” before dinner that night. Most recently she enjoyed roasted chicken with spiraled zucchini and pesto sauce. “Or Justin and I make pasta carbonara every couple of weeks,” she says.
Aniston admits she used to be stricter when it came to her diet, but now allows herself some breathing room to indulge, admitting her weakness is “salty savory.”
“I’m not as strict as I was. It was always sort of a monitored watch,” she says. “Then I thought, just give yourself moderation.”
The star says she now knows that beauty is “really learning to love every single thing about yourself. And also realizing that it’s not just clothes and what’s happening [on the outside],” she adds. “There’s so much more that’s beautiful in a human being.”
—Julie Jordan, @juliejordanc