When Jennifer Aniston shares her daily habits, we listen. To say that the 51-year-old actress looks good for her age would be a serious understatement. She looks good. Period. And considering the impact of diet and exercise has on our overall wellness, when she offers up insights into her own day-to-day tricks in the kitchen, well, we’re going to give them a go.
According to an interview in Elle magazine, the A-list actress starts her day with a couple of weird diet hacks. She practices intermittent fasting, starting the day around 10 a.m.
“When I wake up, I have warm lemon water,” she explained, adding that she also indulges in a rather questionable breakfast food. “I’ll do oatmeal with an egg white whipped in at the end,” she shared.
While most of us are either team eggs for breakfast or team oatmeal, Jennifer Aniston is making a serious case for combining the two.
“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.”
It might seem weird at first, but as it turns out, adding the extra protein to your morning routine may not actually be so strange after all. According to Jessica Cording, Registered Dietitian, combining both oatmeal and eggs into one breakfast will give you an extra boost thanks to the protein in the egg, while still tasting like a semi-sweet treat rather than a scramble or an omelette.
What’s more, according to a study at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, one large boiled egg only has about 77 calories and contains Vitamins A, B5, B12, D, E, K, B6, folate, phosphorus, selenium, calcium, zinc, a whopping six grams of protein, and five grams of healthy fats. Let’s just say the medical and celebrity co-signs were more than enough for us to give it a go—at least for a week.
I follow a pretty strict plant-based diet and don’t usually eat eggs—they tend to upset my stomach—so I was careful to properly portion my egg-to-oatmeal ratio but I was still eating at least one full egg white per day.
I usually opt for a protein heavy lunch and skip breakfast entirely so this was quite a different experience from what I’m used to in my day-to-day. Immediately on the first day I noticed I had more energy in the morning (without needing to guzzle coffee until breaking my intermittent fast at lunch). I ended up working out earlier, eating lighter for the rest of the day, and felt pretty good in terms of productivity and mental alertness in the morning.
That being said, I still prefer intermittent fasting in the morning and following a plant-based diet. While having a protein-heavy start to the day may work for a lot of people, including Jennifer Aniston, I find that eating light in the morning and having a late lunch full of plant-based protein works best for my digestion and lifestyle.