Jennifer Garner is one of those celebrities I have always admired. Of course, she’s a great actor, and some of her films will always be my favourites. :)

I also really like Jennifer’s warm smile and the great energy she brings to life. Plus, I can’t help but admire her toned body (have you seen her arms?) and general athleticism. She makes lifestyle decisions that make her happy and healthy, and I am so excited to share more about her diet and workout routine with you all.

Here’s what she does to stay healthy:

Jennifer Garner’s Diet

Jennifer seems to approach most of her life with a positive attitude. She enjoys cooking, eating delicious food, and taking care of her body. In general, Jennifer isn’t super strict about her eating habits. She likes to bake, and she likes to eat some sweet treats every now and then. She also enjoys a glass of wine occasionally too.

Jennifer is in great shape, and her diet also reflects this. She eats lots of fruits and vegetables that she grows in her garden, as well as eggs from the chickens she has in her backyard! She also really focuses on eating plenty of protein throughout her day to help her stay energised.

Jennifer grew up eating mostly homemade food, and she brings that same commitment to locally grown eating for her own family. She prefers to cook for her kids when she has the time, and she loves that they can eat fresh veggies from their Los Angeles garden. In fact, Jennifer is so committed to fresh produce that she started an organic baby food line called Once Upon a Farm to help kids get essential nutrition right away! :)

When she needs to lose weight for a job or a special event, she works with nutritionist Kelly LeVeque. Kelly emphasises eating protein, fat, fiber, and greens in every meal, and we can assume Jennifer tries to incorporate this philosophy into much of her life.

Let’s find out what Jennifer eats on a regular basis.

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What Jennifer Eats for Breakfast

When she needs to prepare for a big role, Jennifer turns to breakfast ideas from Kelly. She likes to drink Kelly’s Be Well Smoothie, which contains:

  • collagen
  • flax and chia seeds
  • almond butter
  • almond milk
  • spinach
  • blueberries

The smoothie is meant to be anti-inflammatory, and it is supposed to help stabilise her blood sugar.

Jennifer also enjoys eating oatmeal for breakfast. Oats can be a great way to start off your day because of the fiber they contain. The fiber will help keep you full throughout the morning. Jennifer makes her oats with apples and cinnamon. Here’s what she puts in them:

  • 1.5 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 2 medium apples (she typically picks tart apples)
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (optional)
  • .5 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • .5 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • .25 cup of chopped almonds
  • 1 dash of salt
  • Maple syrup and/or milk to taste (optional)
  • 3 cups of water

When she has the time, Jennifer enjoys making her own homemade bagels. She’ll eat them with a cup of coffee!

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What Jennifer Eats for Lunch

Jennifer loves eating salads for lunch, but she tries to switch up what she puts in them so that she doesn’t get bored. She said that, in the past, she would make salads with limp carrots and cold tomatoes. Now, she focuses on picking ingredients that are in season for fresh and delicious meals.

In general, her formula to making a good salad is to combine the following:

  • Fresh greens, like spinach or kale
  • Raw vegetables
  • A mix of grains, like quinoa, or protein
  • Fats, like an avocado or cheese
  • A bit of dressing for flavour

One of her favourite salads follows this strategy. Here’s what she puts in each category:

  • Fresh greens: A mix of kale, arugula, sweet mix, and swiss chard
  • Raw veggies: Chopped up green beans, broccoli, peppers, Brussels sprouts, and roasted sweet potatoes
  • Fats: Cheese, nuts, and avocado
  • Grains/protein: Brown rice and chicken
  • Dressing: Olive oil mixed with red wine and balsamic vinegar

What Jennifer Eats for Dinner

Jennifer loves to cook, and she’s always taking inspiration from her mom, grandmother, and famous chefs for dinner.

She loves Ina Garten, and one of Jennifer’s favourite dinner recipes is Ina’s Crispy Chicken with Lemon Orzo. The dish is made with chicken breasts, canola oil, butter, lemon juice, olive oil, dill and feta. Sounds delicious!

In addition to this, Jennifer likes to make homemade pizza with her kids (she loads hers up with vegetables), soups, chilis, and pasta.

One of her favourite soups is Martha Stewart’s Roasted Chicken and Lemon Soup. The soup contains:

  • 2 lemons
  • 6 small shallots
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock

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What Jennifer Snacks On

Although Jennifer will sometimes reach for chips and salsa or popcorn, she typically tries to keep her snacks pretty healthy, and she likes to go for high-protein options when she can. Some of her go-to options include:

  • Apple with nut butter
  • A handful of nuts, such as almonds
  • Grass-fed beef jerky
  • Veggies with a hummus dip
  • Flaxseed crackers with cheese or avocado
  • Hardboiled eggs

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Jennifer Garner’s Workout Routine

Jennifer’s approach to her workout routine is similar to her approach to eating. She really enjoys staying active, and she tries to incorporate a healthy, balanced approach to fitness into her daily life. But she can also be really disciplined to hit the gym and follow a dedicated fitness routine when she needs to.

In fact, even when she’s not training for a movie, she typically works out 4-5 times a week, and this doesn’t include regular walks with her family or playing with her kids outside. Jennifer has worked with celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue for several years, and Simone has her do a mix of cardio and strength training workouts.

Jennifer grew up very active as a kid. She did ballet through college, and even a little bit afterward too. In addition to doing ballet, she loved trying new sports and having fun outside. She’s carried this love for activity into her adulthood and acting career. She does her own stunts when she can in movies.

Here’s what Jennifer’s routine looks like now:

Body by Simone Workouts

Jennifer typically follows Simone’s Body by Simone workout plan, and she does these multiple times a week. The workouts involve both cardio and resistance training, so she doesn’t need to do any additional workouts unless she’s training for a movie role.

Body by Simone includes dance cardio, trampoline jumps, and lighter resistance-style classes that focus on sculpting the entire body.

For example, Jennifer posted one video on Instagram in which she used resistance bands to tone her arms. She did a variety of exercises, including hammer curls, front and lateral raises, and shoulder presses. She also used a Bosu ball to do ab workouts, and she did a variety of gliding exercises to work her back and core.

This circuit workout includes some of the most common moves Jennifer incorporates into her Body by Simone workouts.

  • Star jumps (10)
  • Side leg extensions (30)
  • Star jumps (10)
  • Side leg extensions – other side (30)
  • Star jumps (10)
  • Single towel slider (3 sets of 8-10 reps)
  • Star jumps (10)
  • Single towel slider – other side (3 sets of 8-10 reps)
  • Star jumps (10)
  • Australian twist (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Star jumps (10)
  • Australian twist – other side (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Star jumps (10)
  • Wonder woman pose (8 per side)
  • Star jumps (10)
  • Handstand butt kicks (10)
  • Star jumps (10)

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Arm Workout

For her role in the action-figure film Peppermint, Jennifer had to build up a lot of upper body strength to look the part. She did intense workouts for about three months, and she worked out six days a week for 1-2 hours at a time.

Jennifer focused on building up her arms and back. She used heavy weights (of about 15 pounds each), bodyweight exercises, and resistance bands to build up strength.

Some of the moves she’d do included:

  • Tricep extensions 
  • Tricep dips
  • Planks
  • Pushups
  • Overhead press with resistance bands

Boxing and Martial Arts

Jennifer has recently started to include both boxing and martial arts into her workout routine. She was inspired to do martial arts in part from watching her kids practice karate. But mainly she wanted to learn it in order to prepare for her role in Peppermint.

Boxing also helped her tone up her upper body and core for the role. Beyond this, though, boxing is an excellent workout because it is both a resistance workout (you can really build some core strength through it!) and a great source of cardio.

Wrapping Up

I love Jennifer’s zest for life. She gives 100% of herself to whatever she wants to accomplish — she invests in learning how to cook as well as she can, she pushes her body for movie roles, and she thrives at being a great mom to her kids. I love her energy, and I’m so inspired by her positivity! I had so much fun learning more about Jennifer’s lifestyle. :)

Do you want me to cover any other celebrity’s diet and workout routine? Let me know in the comments.

Love Rachael Xx

Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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