You ever wonder how celebrities always manage to look perfect everywhere from the red carpet to the big screen? Is it just good genes? Photoshop? A magic genie in their handbags? Possibly, but the main reason is simple: they eat right and exercise. Believe it or not, healthy foods can be just as delicious as the McDonald’s drive-thru, but with half the fat and twice the nutrients. For some delicious, budget-friendly, celebrity-style recipes, check out the following quick and easy meals.
Breakfast by Ashley Tisdale: Chive and Cheese Omelet
2 tbsp. goat cheese
1/2 tsp. minced chives
1 tsp. olive oil
1 slice of whole-wheat toast
1 tbsp. raspberry preserves
A dash of salt and pepper
Whisk together 2 eggs, goat cheese and chives, adding salt and pepper to taste. Heat the olive oil in a small pan on medium-high heat. Pour the mixture into the pan and cook until omelet sets. Serve with grapefruit and raspberry preserves spread on toast.
Lunch by Annalynne McCord: Citrus Chicken
4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 tsp. chopped rosemary
2 tsp. chopped thyme
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup cooked fettuccine
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper
Marinate chicken breast in lemon and lime juice for 15 to 20 minutes. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, then add chicken and citrus juice. Mix in rosemary and thyme, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Cook chicken for about 8 minutes on each side until golden brown. Sautee two cups of fresh spinach, olive oil and minced garlic, and combine the two mixtures. Serve over cooked fettuccine.
Dinner by Miley Cyrus: Chicken and Cheese Tortillas
Whole grain tortillas
1 1/2 cups skinless chicken (2/4 lb.)
3/4 cup cheese
1 cup nonfat sour cream
1/3 cup corn
1 cup salsa
1/3 cup chopped bell pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fill tortillas with chicken, cheese, corn and bell peppers. Bake for 15 minutes. Add sour cream and salsa and enjoy!
Snack by Lauren Conrad: Snack Plate
3 tsp. red pepper hummus (or your favorite flavor)
1 oz. sliced turkey
1/2 apple, sliced
1/2 cup sliced cucumbers
Arrange all ingredients on plate and snack as you please! Feel free to mix and match combos like turkey and apple slices or cucumber and hummus sandwiches.
Dessert by Victoria Justice: Peanut Butter and Banana Power Shake
8 oz. skim milk
1 sliced banana
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 cup ice
Combine all ingredients into a blender and puree for about one minute until the mixture is creamy, but not fully liquid.
They say you are what you eat, so if you want to look like a celebrity, you can start by eating like one. These simple recipes prove how easy it is to eat healthy and still feel satisfied. So invest in some cookware and some all-natural ingredients, and have some fun getting creative in the kitchen.