Oscar-winning actor Catherine Zeta-Jones is a triple threat, with impressive acting, singing, and dancing chops that have kept her in the spotlight for decades.
The star has managed to keep her energy high throughout her decade-spanning career by adhering to a particular way of eating that helps her stay full and focused throughout the day.
Read on to discover the exact diet Zeta-Jones follows to stay fit. And for more on how your favorite stars stay in great shape, Julianne Hough Reveals Her Exact Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner to Stay Fit.
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In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Zeta-Jones reveals that her day doesn’t officially start until she’s had her first cup of coffee.
”The first thing I do when I wake up is get my coffee going, because I really can’t do anything properly without my coffee,” says Zeta-Jones, who explains that she makes her preferred brew with a French press, calling the process “very nostalgic.”
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While Zeta-Jones admits to waking up “very early,” she says she typically puts off eating breakfast until 8 a.m. “I do have very, very specific breakfast needs,” she says.
”In the winter hours, I’m a porridge girl. I have porridge with brown sugar [and] bananas, and I make it so the bananas are all soggy and full of brown sugar and I put some blueberries on the top, and I literally have that every morning.”
In the summer, Zeta-Jones says she combines fat-free vanilla yogurt, blueberries, raspberries, and Bear Naked granola for breakfast.
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On the weekends, Zeta-Jones embraces her Welsh heritage by enjoying a full English breakfast with her family. “I get my imported British bacon, we have sausages…we have baked beans, we have scrambled eggs,” the actor says.
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At 11 a.m., Zeta-Jones tucks into her first snack of the day. “I always have a cup of tea and usually have a cookie or something. I’m not a big snacker, except for anything chocolate. For me, chocolate is a real treat. I deserve it,” says Zeta-Jones, who says that she prefers Cadbury milk chocolate to any other kind.
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Zeta-Jones says that her ideal lunch is, “Something light that doesn’t weigh me down too much.”
For the actor, this typically means enjoying a salad for her midday meal. Her go-to recipe? “A spinach-arugula mix of leaves, pine nuts, tomatoes…I sometimes put a little blue cheese…I like to throw some dried cranberries in,” she says. The star tops off the salad with a dressing that combines balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and mustard, and occasionally pairs her greens with grilled chicken, fish, or stuffed eggplant.
Related: One Major Benefit of Eating Salad Every Day, Says Science
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At 4 p.m., Zeta-Jones says she brews up a cup of her Casa Zeta-Jones coffee, which she typically pairs with a scone topped with clotted cream and jam.
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At 8 p.m., Zeta-Jones sits down for dinner, which usually consists of a salad and an animal-based protein. “In this salad at night, I love fruit. I always chop up an apple and throw it in a salad. Of course, I love avocado in a salad, too. I would put oranges in my salad, figs in my salad. I love that combo,” she says.
Zeta-Jones says she frequently pairs this with a piece of chicken, fish, or a filet mignon with shiitake mushroom sauce.
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To end the day, Zeta-Jones says she’ll sometimes indulge in a bit of dessert, too. “I love desserts…I’m just a huge ice cream lover,” she says. “And, of course, my mother’s apple pie—the only other great thing she can cook—coupled with a little scoop of ice cream and I’m a really, really happy woman.”
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