In this blog post, I’ll tell you all about the vegan diet that Ariana Grande follows. I’ll share her favourite meals and also how she trains on a daily basis to stay slim and toned.
At just 5 feet (1.52m) tall, Ariana is petite. She’s naturally slim and not everybody will have her frame. I personally think she looks amazing, and I loved learning about how she stays lean and healthy!
In 2013, Ariana announced that she would begin to follow a vegan diet. Before going completely meat and animal product free, Ariana still ate organic food and she limited the amount of meat she would eat.
She says that she chose to go vegan for two reasons:
Ariana didn’t always eat a plant-based diet. As a child, she ate a lot of meat and cheese. She’s part Italian, and most of her childhood meals were Italian too. Now, as a vegan, she doesn’t get a chance to eat many Italian dishes.
Ariana, for the most part, follows a macrobiotic diet. This is a diet with origins in yen Buddhism with its yin-yang philosophy. So, the macrobiotic diet is not just about eating certain foods to stay slim. Instead, proponents of this diet try to make sure all of the food they’re eating is balanced.
Macrobiotic dieters tend to try to eat regularly, chew their food extremely well, and pay attention to their bodies. They also try to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Most foods with the macrobiotic diet are whole grains, vegetables, and beans. In general, people who follow macrobiotic diets break down what they eat like this:
The macrobiotic diet also allows people to eat fish. However, as a vegan, Ariana chooses not to do this.
Ariana’s trainer Harley Pasternak said that Ari is a huge fan of Japanese food. She loves dishes like the sea vegetable hijiki, edamame beans, a radish called daikon, and a vegan version of the Japanese pancake okonomiyaki.
All of these foods are vegan and fit under the macrobiotic diet. They’re also full of fiber and important minerals. Edamame, in particular, is full of protein too!
On her Snapchat, Ariana likes to share what she’s making. In one snap, she announced her favourite breakfast: whole oats with almond milk. She tops the oats with blueberries and almonds. It sounds delicious, healthy, and easy to make!
Ariana also likes to eat different smoothies and acai bowls for breakfast. She makes her smoothies with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, pears, and almond milk.
Ari seems to like to cook and experiment with different meals. One of the meals that she shared on her Instagram was a salad with kale, cashews, avocado, and teriyaki sauce.
For dinner, Ariana might enjoy a rice bowl with whole grains, tofu, and nori. She also likes to stir fry vegetables with tofu.
Some of Ari’s favourite snacks are:
She also loves coffee and tea, and she will often drink these during her day. Her go-to drink is iced coffee with non-dairy milk in it. She also drinks matcha tea and dandelion tea.
Ariana’s biggest workout priority is not hitting the gym every single day for HIIT workouts or intense lifting session. Instead, she aims to walk (or dance if she’s preparing for a tour) a lot. She gets in at least 12,000 steps every single day.
Typically, Ari will do this while watching a TV show (or dreaming up new lyrics!) on her treadmill, but she also loves playing with her dog and going for hikes.
In my opinion, walking is one of the best things you can do to get a slimmer body. I can see why Ari prioritizes it so much. :)
Walking is especially helpful if you want lean legs like Ariana. Power walking is low to moderate intensity cardio that puts your body in the fat-burning zone and as you can imagine, helps you burn more fat.
Ariana is incredibly toned and lean. To get lean muscles like hers, you need to be doing some resistance training.
Adding the right type of resistance training is the best way to get toned and also the only way to avoid the so-called skinny fat look.
This is probably why Ariana doesn’t just walk. She needs some additional training to keep her body looking so good!
Because Ariana is so busy and travels so often, she tends to stick to resistance workouts that don’t require a lot of space or equipment. Sometimes, her workout is just doing lunges down the hallway of a concert venue!
She prioritizes doing the following moves:
Typically, Ariana’s trainer Harley Pasternak has her focus on just one of these exercises a day. Then, the next day, she’ll jump to the next exercise. So, for example, she might do reverse lunges on Monday and then do walking lunges the following day.
Harley normally has Ariana do five sets of 30 reps of the exercise each day.
If Ariana needs to get a quick workout in, she likes to focus on lunges and bridges. Here’s a super quick workout that she likes to squeeze in when she’s short on time:
Ariana’s workout routine is pretty simple, and that makes it easy to follow and actually commit to! Most people could probably follow her lead and try increasing their steps throughout the day. :)
As for her resistance training routine, I personally like to do workouts that target my whole body and not focus too much on one part of my body. If I were to focus on leg days as much as Ari does, I would probably bulk up too much for my own liking.
So if you too build muscle in your legs easily and you prefer a leaner look, I would recommend focusing of full body workouts instead of doing leg workouts. :)
And what about Ariana’s diet?
Well, her diet is a bit more complex. Eating mostly vegan macrobiotic Japanese food seems to work well for Ariana, but it might be time-consuming for some people. Still, I love how focused she is on making sure to eat lots of healthy whole grains, fresh veggies, and delicious fruit.
I hope you liked this blog post and if you have any blog post requests, feel free to let me know in the comments! xx