Jessica Alba is a beautiful, kind woman! I loved her in so many different movies, including Fantastic Four. Jessica is an incredible actress, and she’s also a business owner and a mom of three children.
Even though Jessica is super busy, she makes time to exercise regularly, cook nutritious meals for her family, and practice self-care. I’m excited to share more about what she does to stay in excellent shape!
Jessica Alba’s Diet
Jessica likes to focus on eating a balanced, nutritious diet. She enjoys flavourful foods, and she’ll put hot sauce on pretty much anything! Her favourite sauces are sriracha, Cholula, and different types of habanero sauce.
Although she likes to eat a balanced diet and doesn’t deprive herself of too many treats, Jessica also avoids eating a lot of sugar and carbs. She has low blood sugar and low blood pressure, and her body feels best when she’s eating plenty of salt instead of sweets. For example, after an exercise, she makes sure to replenish her body with coconut water or water with salt. She also tries to avoid eating a lot of soy products, gluten, dairy, fried foods, or processed foods.
Jessica follows the dietary advice of Kelly Leveque, a nutritionist and wellness consultant who focuses on holistic nutrition. Kelly created the Fab Four, which is a diet that emphasises eating protein, fat, fiber, and greens at every meal. Although Jessica doesn’t always follow this formula, she does most of the time! One reason Jessica likes this diet is because it is meant to help regulate blood sugar. There’s no calorie counting with this diet, and Jessica appreciates the ability she has to be flexible with it.
One thing that Kelly and Jessica worked on together was figuring out a way to stabilise Jessica’s blood sugar and hunger levels throughout the day. Kelly recommended that Jessica make sure she is always eating breakfast, which can be hard to do when you’re a busy mom. She also suggested that Jessica focuses on eating one serving of non-veggie carbs once a day, instead of eating carbs for every meal and every snack.
What Jessica Eats for Breakfast
Most mornings, Jessica drinks a smoothie for breakfast. She likes to make sure her smoothie includes greens, protein, and healthy fats. One of her go-to smoothies includes:
- protein powder
- chia seeds
- nut milk
Another smoothie that Jessica likes is a typical Fab Four smoothie. It includes:
- 1 serving of protein
- 1–2 Tbsp almond butter
- 1–2 Tbsp chia seeds
- A handful of greens
- 1–2 cups of almond milk
- 1/3 of a frozen banana
Jessica also enjoys making chia seed pudding for her breakfast.
As a treat, Jessica makes pancakes for her family sometimes. She prefers to go the gluten-free route with her pancake mix, and she likes to thin out the batter with olive oil, eggs, and almond milk. This makes the pancakes crepe-like. Sounds delicious!
What Jessica Eats for Lunch
For lunch, Jessica focuses on eating a plate that includes a protein source, healthy fat, fiber, and green vegetables. For example, Jessica might eat a chicken stir-fry with zucchini noodles or meatballs, Parmesan cheese, and broccoli.
Jessica also likes to make what she calls “grazing boards.” They’re a great way for her to have nutritious options to snack on throughout her day, especially if she might not always have the time to sit down for a full meal. On her boards, she’ll include:
- Homemade hummus, mustard, and other dipping sauces
- Bell peppers
- Deli meats, like salami and bresaola
- A variety of cheeses, like sharp cheddar and mozzarella
- Jams and jellies
What Jessica Eats for Dinner
Jessica likes to eat a salad every night for dinner when she can. She prefers to make her own salad dressing because she says it tastes better that way. She eats a lot of kale, and she always makes sure to massage her kale with dressing before she eats it. That helps remove some of the bitterness of the leaf.
She also enjoys chicken quesadillas with corn tortillas and hot sauce!
And when Jessica is out for a date with her husband, she loves getting steaks or sushi with him.
Jessica’s Favourite Snacks
Jessica eats a lot of what her kids eat. She likes popcorn, as well as hummus with various vegetables, like carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, and cauliflower.
If she really wants a treat, Jessica will make herself nachos. She likes putting homemade black beans on them and jalapeno-almond cheese. Jessica tries to avoid dairy products, so she likes that she can put dairy-free cheese on her nachos.
Although Jessica doesn’t eat too many sweets, she does have a favourite dessert. She loves strawberry shortcakes! Jessica also enjoys baking. One of her favourite things to bake is pumpkin-spiced cookies with her mom.
Jessica Alba’s Workout Routine
Jessica likes to stay in shape and be active. She tries to work out four times a week, and she calls it a success if she’s able to do this. Some weeks she’s only able to work out 2-3 times, and she’s OK with that. She’s pretty active throughout the week with her kids, and she also enjoys going for walks with her friends and loved ones.
Jessica also loves taking group classes and working out with friends when she can. She thinks it’s more fun and motivating to work out with other people!
Jessica likes mixing up her cardio workouts. She’ll do some HIIT and steady-state cardio in different variations. Sometimes, her workout looks like going for a long walk or hike, but normally she’ll head to a gym to work out.
If she can, she’ll bring a friend along with her. During the pandemic, she started going on more walks by herself while listening to a podcast.
Jessica will go running and walking on the treadmill. She has bad knees, so she typically walks and runs on an incline on the machine to protect her knees from too much impact. On average, she will spend about 30 minutes on the treadmill at a time. She alternates between long runs and sprints to switch it up. Jessica doesn’t enjoy running, and sprints can help the time go faster for her.
She also loves going to spin and dance classes to get in some extra cardio.
Yoga and Resistance Training
Jessica loves going to hot yoga classes. She likes it when the classes include some light weights so that she is getting in some resistance training her classes too. She credits yoga for sculpting her body.
One of her favourite types of yoga is called Power Flow Yoga. In this type of yoga, every pose flows directly from one move to the next. It is a fast-paced and intense yoga routine. This can make it more challenging than other types. It requires endurance, strength, and stability.
Jessica also likes to incorporate resistance bands into her workouts. If you want to make an exercise more challenging, but you don’t want to use weight, resistance bands can be an awesome alternative.
Jessica’s Lower Body Workout
In addition to yoga, Jessica will sometimes do circuit routines. She works out with trainer Aaron Hines, who created this routine for her.
Warm Up (Repeat this 3 times)
- Jumping jacks – 10 seconds
- Reverse lunge hops – 10 seconds per side
- Mountain climbers – 10 seconds
- Banded squat walks – 3 walks
- Banded squats – 13 reps
- Static squat – hold for 10 seconds
- Banded squat pulse – 10 seconds
- Banded squat and lift – 30 seconds per side (repeat each side twice)
- Fire hydrants with band – 30 seconds per side (repeat each side twice)
- Leg lifts with band – 30 seconds per side (repeat each side twice)
- Pulsing leg lifts with band – 30 seconds per side (repeat each side twice)
Finish the workout with a full-body stretch.
Jessica understands what makes her feel her best. She knows the foods that help her feel energised throughout the day, and she prioritises making sure that she is feeding herself and her family well.
I also love her approach to exercise. She has fun with it, challenges her body, and looks great too!
Let me know if there are any more celebs you’d like me to write about! I love sharing how different women stay in shape.
Love Rachael Xx