Baywatch has been around for decades now, but its latest incarnation, starring Alexandra Daddario is definitely my favourite.
The actress stepped things up and became a paragon of health and fitness for the role. And when you’re practically living in a bathing suit, you better have a routine that WORKS!
Here’s what Alexandra does to stay slim, toned, and healthy.
ALEXANDRA DADDARIO’S DIET
Alexandra Daddario does whatever she can to keep things lean and healthy. This means she opts for fresh and natural foods whenever she can.
Her meal choices vary from day to day, but she does have a few standby favourites. Let’s take a look at her preferred meals.
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For breakfast, Alexandra loves to keep things healthy and protein-packed. She’s not much of a cook, so she tries to stick with simple recipes that are fast and easy.
Her favourite breakfast is an egg in a hole. This dish starts with a slice of bread with a hole cut in the middle. The bread gets toasted in a skillet over medium heat. You can add a small amount of butter or extra virgin olive oil to help the toast brown a bit. Adding fats like butter or oil isn’t unhealthy as long as you use them in moderation.
Once the toast browns on one side, it gets flipped. Then, crack an egg and add it to the hole. The egg should cook in the amount of time needed to brown the bottom of the toast.
Use a spatula to serve it on a plate.
It’s simple and if you decide to make the recipe, try to choose a whole-grain bread that’s packed with nutrients rather than a white bread or other processed option. You can even keep it keto or grain-free and keto by cracking the egg into an avocado and cooking it in the oven!
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For lunch, Alexandra tends to have to eat on the run. That means she relies on food delivery services like Postmates or catering companies when she’s on set.
Her typical lunch is still super healthy.
When she’s on the go, she loves to have the Flax Master smoothie from Earthbar. This smoothie starts with a base of açai, frozen banana, and blueberries. The fruit gets blended with flax oil, protein powder, maca, cinnamon, coconut water, and almond butter.
It’s packed with nutrients and gives her the boost she needs to make it through her busy day. It doesn’t hurt that she can get it delivered, too.
Alexandra uses dinner as a time to refuel after a busy day.
Most days, her dinner consists of grilled chicken breast served on top of quinoa with slices of avocado. The mix features a Sriracha dressing for added flavour without packing on a bunch of sugar or processed ingredients. She keeps it interesting by swapping chicken for salmon and avocado for broccoli.
If she’s feeling like a more veg-heavy meal, she’ll make avocado tacos with fresh pico de gallo or salsa.
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Like the rest of her meals, Alexandra keeps her snacks healthy when she can. Most often, she’ll grab a healthy protein bar, like this one. Sometimes, she’ll reach for a handful of nuts, but she always prefers peanut butter when she can get it.
FOODS SHE AVOIDS…SOMETIMES
Alexandra tries to keep things healthy. But that doesn’t mean she’s completely against eating some of her favorite foods now and then.
Whenever possible, she avoids processed food. That means eating whole foods that are naturally nutrient-rich and don’t have a lot of sugar or unhealthy gunk in the ingredients.
That said, her weakness is definitely Pop Tarts. And the studios she works with know this. They often leave them in her dressing room or on the catering stand.
She doesn’t believe in denying herself the foods she’s craving when she’s craving them. But she’s always careful not to overdo it. If she wants chocolate, she eats chocolate, but she makes sure her workout was on-point and that she’s been healthy for most of the day.
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ALEXANDRA DADDARIO’S WORKOUT ROUTINE
Even before getting cast in Baywatch, Alexandra did her best to stay fit. But once getting the role, she doubled down on her fitness routine.
She keeps things simple and uses her workouts to help her relax after busy days on set.
Her favourite workout routine is, hands down, hot yoga. She’s been practicing for years, long before hitting it big in showbiz.
It’s something she makes time for almost every day. The moves help her de-stress and unwind and the heat helps her muscles stay limber and loose.
If she can’t head to a yoga studio while traveling or shooting, she’s more than happy to run through a few poses on a mat at home.
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Though she’s been doing yoga for years, Alexandra didn’t incorporate any other strength training into her workout routine until signing on for Baywatch. She knew she needed to build lean muscle and get toned and while yoga helped, it wasn’t enough. So, she started training with celebrity trainer, Patrick Murphy.
His strength training methods rely on sliders, resistance bands, and bodyweight exercises to build lean muscle but Alexandra also throws in free weight exercises and kettlebell moves into her routine.
Here’s what her typical workout looks like:
- Dumbbell bench press – 10 reps
- Triceps kickbacks – 10 reps
- Weighted step ups – 10 reps
- Standing row with TRX straps – 10 reps
- Unassisted chin-ups – 10 reps
- Repeat 3 times
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After running through those exercises, she switches things up and starts working on her core.
- Resistance band punch – 10 reps each arm
- Step-up with dumbbell press – 10 reps each leg
- Lunge jump – 10 reps each leg
Alexandra’s exercise routine works great for her fitness goals. :)
However, if you don’t have the same goals as her, this routine could bulk you up if you use heavyweights.
This is especially true if you’re an endomorph or mesomorph body type. If you’re not sure about your body type, you can do my FREE body type quiz and find out :)
I recommend sticking with bodyweight exercises if you prefer a leaner look. Once you start getting toned, you can switch things up and try new exercises to see if you enjoy them.
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Alexandra Daddario’s diet and workout routine work for her and some parts of it are likely to work for most people. She stays away from processed foods whenever she can and makes sure to eat meals that are packed with nutrients. Her workouts are intense but effective.
As with any routine, focus on doing what’s right for your body type and you’ll start seeing improvements faster.
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