Tracee Ellis Ross' Food Diary: What I Eat in a Day

"I eat in the same philosophy that I live with: joyfully!" Tracee Ellis Ross tells PEOPLE

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Tracee Ellis Ross doesn’t think that living a healthy life needs to be complicated.

“I like simple, whole foods,” says Ross, who avoids dairy and loves to buy seasonal produce from the organic farmers market.

The black-ish star, 43, works out three to four times a week – the Tracy Anderson Method is one of her go-to programs – and stays hydrated with several liters of water a day.

“My favorite meal of the day is an early dinner/late lunch between 4 and 6 p.m., ” says Ross. “I love going to one of my favorite restaurants once a week to have a glass of wine and a delicious meal.” But she adds, “I don’t restrict my eating to firm meal times. I eat in the same philosophy that I live with: joyfully!”

In that vein, Ross is teaming up with Kellogg’s Special K for the “Nourish Your Next” project, celebrating the inner strength of women. Anyone can participate by sharing their story of strength on Twitter using the hashtag #whatsnext. The program kicks off with Atlanta-based “Strong Is the New Pretty” photographer Kate T. Parker’s first New York exhibition.

“I’m really excited to help celebrate what it is to be an awesome woman,” says Ross. “We should all do what we can in our daily lives to remember that we are glorious and powerful.”

Check out her daily food log below, and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now, to read more about her diet.

4 liters of water

Special K cereal with almond milk

Post-Workout Snack
Berry Power protein drink from Erewhon (contains almond milk, bananas, blueberries, dates and Vega protein powder)

Hard-boiled egg with quinoa (seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper) and sautéed zucchini mixed with crushed Brazil nuts

Pink Lady apple and peanut butter

Avocado toast (with lemon, crushed red pepper and salt on Udi’s bread)

Broiled steak with olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano, and a side salad of arugula with apples, onions, olive oil and lemon

Boulder Canyon potato chips and olives

Total Calories:

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“I love that Tracee coupled her steak with veggies and even a little fruit,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of, who recommends eating lean, grass-fed meat to reduce the fat and increase the nutrients. For a late-night snack, “if salty is a must, the olives are great — but I’d skip the chips.” Overall, says Glassman,”I love to see her including whole foods and natural sugar, and eating consistently throughout 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.

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