Whether she’s tearing up the dance floor or starring in a feature film, Julianne Hough’s energy is palpable. However, it’s more than just joie de vivre that keeps the star on top of her game during those long hours on set. In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Hough reveals what she eats on a daily basis, telling the publication, “I’m really just trying to focus on my health from the inside out.”
Read on to discover the exact diet Hough follows to stay fit. For more on how your favorite stars stay in amazing shape, check out Younger Star Sutton Foster Reveals the Exact Workout That Keeps Her Fit.
To kick off her day, Hough downs a glass of lemon water.
“The first thing that I do when I open my eyes is drink the lemon water that I’ve prepped the night before. And that usually consists of lukewarm temperature water with half a lemon sitting overnight and getting all those juices flushed out in there,” says Hough, explaining that this ritual helps her feel like she’s “starting with a fresh palette for the day.”
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While Hough doesn’t eat a full breakfast, she says she typically prepares herself a healthy drink for some pre-workout energy.
“Usually, I find a way to do some sort of celery juice or something that gives me a little bit of sugar before I do a quick workout. Or I’ll do amino acids or something like that to just give me that support, that energy that I’m looking for.”
Hough admits that she’s “technically not supposed to have coffee,” but allows herself to indulge on occasion.
“I drink coffee, not because I feel like I need it, but because I love the ritual of having something warm, that smell, and I just love the taste of coffee… it is like a special treat for me if I do have coffee.” When she’s abstaining, she says she typically drinks matcha tea, a matcha latte, or herbal tea.
“I love soup, so I will usually make a lot and freeze it so that I can have it throughout the week,” says Hough.
She typically pairs her soup with a salad combining asparagus, broccolini, beets, watermelon radishes, ginger, and spinach topped with apple cider vinegar and paired with gluten-free crackers.
For dinner, Hough sticks to vegan fare, including moong dal with gluten-free crackers and toasted black sesame seeds, which she pairs with veggie sides.
“We’ve got sweet potato, asparagus, some ginger, collard greens, Swiss chard, spinach…This is really nourishing, really yummy, I feel really full by the end of it,” she says.
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While Hough admits that her gluten-free, vegan meals make her sound “so L.A.,” she doesn’t deprive herself of treats entirely.
“One of the things I do love is making sure I’m still having pleasure with my food throughout the day. And that’s when I either choose to have a glass of wine or a cocktail, depending on the occasion,” she says. “That’s what I like to do to cap off my really nourishing day.”
Hough says that avoiding feelings of deprivation is essential to staying healthy in the long run.
“Enjoy yourself. Everything in moderation,” she says. “And if you love your body and love what you’re putting into your body, your body’s going to know.”
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