Jennifer Lopez has an amazing body, but she doesn’t forego her favorite things to get it.
“I don’t deprive myself,” says the 5’6″ star, 45. “But I’ve learned the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.” One of her tricks? “I always have healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables with me.”
Lopez recently launched #BeTheGirl Challenge, a fitness competition that encourages women to be happier and healthier. Participants can enroll in a free, 10-week program with Lopez as their motivator and will receive easy recipes, personalized fitness plans and expert nutritional advice.
The star gave us a peek at what she eats in a day. Pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands Friday) to read more about her diet.
Water throughout the day
BodyLab TastyShake Berry Berry Good smoothie
1 scoop of BodyLab TastyShake
3/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup ice cubes
Kale salad with queso
1 bunch of kale, large stems removed and leaves finely chopped
2 tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds
2/3 oz. crumbled queso
2/3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 of a large shallot, minced, sea salt to taste
A medium-size apple
1 boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast with:
1/2 cup sautéed brussels sprouts
1/2 cup baked yams with sea salt
Chocolate chip cookie
Dietitian Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com weighed in on JLo’s diet: “A shake is a good start to the day when on the run — the combo of protein from the powder and the yogurt, plus the carbs in the fruit, will keep her energized and satisfied,” she says. “And I love the kale salad. The greens give her antioxidants and fill her up without being too calorie-heavy. And good for her for only using oil instead of a packaged dressing with artificial ingredients! Her chicken dinner is an excellent whole food meal. But she could use a little more fat—a little grass-fed butter on the yams would taste great. A cookie as an indulgence is definitely okay for a hot mama like J.Lo!”
NOTE: It is recommended that women should eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men should eat at least 1,800 calories per day.
—Stephanie Emma Pfeffer @StephEmmaPfeff