Jessica Alba was feeling exhausted. Sure, being a mom, actress, and running a billion-dollar company can do that to a person, but she thought it wasn’t just a matter of not getting enough sleep. So she turned to nutritionist and Body Love author Kelly LeVeque for advice.
In a recent interview with Well + Good, the wellness guru explained how she overhauled Alba’s diet, giving the mogul the energy she needs to get through the day — without pounding a quadruple-shot, venti Frappuccino, like many of us would.
1. BALANCE OUT BREAKFAST.
Alba had gotten into the habit of skipping breakfast some days, throwing her blood sugar out of wack — and making her crave carbs, carbs, and more carbs throughout the day. Hence, feeling sluggish by 3 p.m., even when she was reaching for relatively healthy starches, like brown rice bowls and popcorn.
LeVeque recommended that she start each day with a green smoothie, limiting the fruit to 1/3 of a frozen banana. “The idea was to balance her blood sugar from the get-go with something that was a great source of fiber,” she told the website, adding that the drink’s a mix of greens, banana, chia seeds, almond milk, and almond butter.
2. STICK TO THIS SNACK.
Thankfully, Alba’s go-to snack needed no adjustments: guacamole. The healthy fats in the avocado are good for cell development, LeVeque said, and can keep your blood sugar levels stable longer.
It’s the perfect complement to one of Alba’s favorite meals — chicken quesadillas with corn tortillas. She tops hers with “gallons of hot sauce. Literally. It’s like I’m trying to burn a hole through my stomach,” she told us back in 2015.
3. FOLLOW THE ‘FAB FOUR’ RULE.
The biggest game-changer, though, was rethinking her approach to meals, following LeVeque’s “Fab Four” principle. Each plate should be a combination of protein, fat, fiber, and greens. It helped balance out her meals, shifting her focus from the foods she couldn’t eat (namely, sugar and simple carbs) to what she could. It “worked wonders for her,” LeVeque said.