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Are you still talking about how ah-mazing Jennifer Lopez looked in the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Yeah, same. There’s no denying the singer is a total badass onstage and off—she certainly put in a lot of hard work in the gym to prepare for the big moment, and it shows in strong legs, arms, and, well, impressive pole-dancing skills. J.Lo has an intense fitness routine—it involves plenty of abs workouts (duh), heavy lifting, and plenty of dancing.
To keep up with her incredibly active lifestyle, J.Lo also has to fuel her days accordingly. It should come as no surprise that she’s just as disciplined with her eating lifestyle as she is with fitness. And it seems safe to say that J.Lo and fiancé Alex Rodriguez are in this together—remember that 10-day no-sugar, low-carb challenge they completed last January? The couple nixed all sugar and limited their carbs. (Now that’s some dedication).
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.
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J.Lo eats all organic whole foods.
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.
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.
She loads her plate with veggies.
One whole category of her diet is devoted to veggies, but not all are created equal for J.Lo. She aims for more leafy greens and steers clear of carrots and corn, due to the higher sugar content, per Romero. When she’s not doing a 10-day challenge, J.Lo includes complex carbohydrates to meals. Some of her faves are sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, rice bread, and oatmeal according to Romero and US Weekly.
J.Lo maintains balance.
“She is a very balanced person, so she’s not going to miss out on Thanksgiving or a holiday with her children,” says Anderson.
“Throughout the years I’ve learned the importance of maintaining a healthier […] diet,” J.Lo told People. “I still eat some of the foods I love, but in moderation. I don’t deprive myself.” Her fave desserts? Fiancé Alex Rodriguez shared on The View that Jennifer’s loves chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Girl, same.
She goes for the healthy dish at restaurants.
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.”
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.
Jennifer Nied is a contributing writer for Women’s Health with more than 10 years of writing and editing experience, specializing in wellness, adventure travel, and fitness, with work appearing in Budget Travel, American Spa, Women’s Health, and more.
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