What Jennifer Aniston Really Eats In A Day
By Mattie Kahn for Town and Country
Jennifer Aniston makes it sound easy - the sun-kissed glow, the lithe limbs, the water consumption. When she calls me last week ostensibly to discuss skincare, Aniston tells me she is a woman of simple pleasures. Really!
Meditation centers her. She has practiced yoga for over a decade. At the end of a long day on set, she likes to "come into the house and roll around with my doggies on the floor." And before she goes to sleep, she washes her face and pats on Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream, which she "loves" and reps.
"After that," she says, "I'm good to go!"
I do yoga. I have an app that is supposed to force me to meditate. I wash my face and moisturize. And yet I am not Jennifer Aniston. Not at all. I do not have pets for recreational rolling-on-the-floor purposes, so maybe that's my problem?
I decide to delve deeper, wondering what she eats "on a typical day" to look and feel her best.
She has one surprising oatmeal mix-in.
"When I wake up, I have warm lemon water and then I have a shake or avocado and eggs, which is one of my favorites," Aniston says. "I sprinkle a little coconut oil on that. Sometimes, I'll have a puffed millet cereal with a banana or I'll do oatmeal with an egg white whipped in at the end."
Oatmeal with egg white!?
"Justin [Theroux], my husband, taught me that little move to get extra protein! Right before [the oatmeal] is finished cooking, you just whip in an egg white and it kind of gives it this fluffy texture that's delicious."
She's unafraid of being 'basic.'
Lunch for Jen is "some form of vegetables or salad with protein - pretty basic" and dinner is "probably the same." Between meals, she sometimes snacks on "maybe an apple and almond butter" or just an apple and some nuts.
It all sounds very abstemious and balanced, and so, of course, I must know what Jen eats when it's Memorial Day Weekend, or whatever, and all bets are off!
She's made peace with pasta.
Jen used to like to "go all out" on Mexican food, she says. But now she finds she would rather dig into "a really good pasta," instead.
"Pasta has taken over as my new favorite go-to-town food," Aniston says, again crediting her husband, for the about-face. "Yes, he has brought the pasta back into my life," she says. "I don't know whether I should thank him or hate him for that."
She has a secret for healthier carbonara.
"I do thank him," she decides, because he makes pasta carbonara and it is "irresistible."
"I've learned how to make it," she continues, "and it's not that bad for you! It's just an egg, parmesan cheese, and a little pasta water. And we substitute turkey bacon for real bacon, so, you know."
And the funny thing is, I really think I do.