The singer, actress, and dancer maintains balance, but still makes smart choices about what ends up on her plate. After all, she needs to fill up her tank with healthy foods to keep her energy levels up, and her performances fierce.
1. J.Lo eats all organic whole foods.
“I have her eating very clean because she needs really good fuel for all the things that she’s doing,” her trainer Tracy Anderson told People. “It’s all organic and it’s all very well thought out, with the balance of very high-quality proteins and a lot of nutrient-dense food.”
2. She drinks water all day long.
Hydration is so crucial for the singer that it's a whole category in her ultra-clean diet. (J.Lo's diet categories include protein, vegetables, fats, carbohydrates, and water, according to her trainer and life coach, Dodd Romero.) “She drinks a minimum of seven glasses a day,” he told US Weekly.
It's a safe bet her famous bling cup she takes everywhere is filled with H2O. Jenny has also long-avoided alcohol and caffeine. "I haven't had caffeine in years," she told Hollywood Life.
3. J.Lo avoids processed, packaged foods.
Not that I can picture J.Lo shopping in the grocery store, but if she did, she'd be browsing that perimeter for fresh foods. “Everything is fresh,” says Anderson. “There’s nothing processed–just [protein powder] in a shake if we do a protein shake one day.”
J.Lo “stays away from processed foods and gets her nutrients from whole sources,” Romero confirmed to US Weekly. Her main protein sources are egg whites, white meat turkey, chicken breast, and grass-fed beef. J.Lo also eats fish for the protein and omega-3s and 6s. She also allows herself “a handful” of nuts each day for healthy fats, per Romero.
4. She loads her plate with veggies.
Yes, J.Lo even eats out at restaurants. "I'm a very social person and love spending time with my friends and family, so when we go out to eat I try to make healthy choices," she told Hello!. "Most restaurants offer healthy meals, so I watch for things on the menu that fit my lifestyle. I'll have a salad or some fish with veggies. And I make sure I drink lots of water throughout the meal."
7. What J.Lo typically eats in a day.
Breakfast: Jennifer's breakfast is usually a protein-packed smoothie, she told People. It has a scoop of protein powder, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, honey, ice cubes, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Lunch: "By lunchtime, I'm starving," J.Lo told Hollywood Life. She often goes for a salad with salmon and veggies like broccoli, zucchini, and capsicum and a vinaigrette. She also shared another lunch salad recipe with People in 2015: finely chopped kale with queso, pumpkin seeds, fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and a minced shallot.
Snacks: J.Lo's busy schedule (hello filming, rehearsals, and much more) means she needs on-the-go fuel. “Being constantly on the go, I always like to have healthier snack options like fruits or vegetables with me,” J.Lo told People.
Dinner: When dinner rolls around, J.Lo typically goes for a protein paired with quinoa. "It feels like rice and beans, which I grew up with. And I like pork and chicken—especially Puerto Rican style!" she said. As an alternative, she'll also pair her protein with veggies like sautéedBrussels sprouts and baked yams.“Her overall body has just shrunk and tightened and her strength has actually doubled,” Romero told US Weekly. But for J.Lo, it's all about fuel and never about restrictions.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.