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Nina Dobrev’s Diet and Workout Routine

By Rachael Attard, Updated Feb 12, 2021
Nina Dobrev diet and workout routine

Are any of you fans of The Vampire Diaries? Nina Dobrev absolutely stuns in it!

Nina is a beautiful woman, and she keeps her body in incredible shape too. Just look at her rocking it at the Golden Globes! She’s such a great fitness role model that she also became a brand ambassador for the Reebok x Les Mills partnership.

Here’s everything Nina does to stay in shape all year long!



Nina loves food, but she’s also pretty disciplined about what she puts into her body. She wants all of the ingredients that she eats to be healthy and high quality!

I like Nina’s approach to eating because it isn’t limiting. She just focuses on eating real food (and the right amount of food) that makes her feel good.

Here are some of her favourite dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!


Nina starts her day off with the same thing every morning. She loves this smoothie:

  • Sunwarrior protein powder in the chocolate flavor
  • Half a banana
  • Coconut peanut butter (she orders it from Hawaii)
  • Almond milk
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cinnamon

Occasionally, she will go out for brunch. There, she likes to order French toast or pancakes.

Nina says that starting her day off right is important to her. It’s a lot easier for her to eat healthy if she begins her day with a nutritious meal.


For lunch, Nina loves a big salad with grilled salmon, lemon, and avocado.

If she’s wanting a treat, Nina will indulge in a burger every once in a while for lunch.


Nina loves to cook. But, if she’s busy working or on set, she will sometimes order food to go. One of her favorite restaurants is Sweetgreens.

There, she might order a healthy harvest bowl, which is full of:

  • Organic wild rice
  • Shredded kale
  • Apples
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Roasted chicken
  • Local goat cheese
  • Toasted almonds
  • Balsamic vinaigrette


Nina says she likes to eat a lot. She doesn’t like going hungry, and she says her body looks and feels better when she eats smaller meals several times a day. She’s tried eating three square meals without snacks, but she hasn’t felt as good doing that.

To make sure she isn’t eating too much, Nina makes sure her portions are in control. She tries to follow these guidelines:

  • Fat the size of her thumb.
  • Protein the size of her palm.
  • Unlimited veggies!

Nina keeps nuts, apples, and other healthy snacks in her bag in case she gets hungry while she’s out working or having fun.


Nina is 30 years old. As she’s gotten older, she says she’s had to become more and more aware of what she’s putting in her body. She lets herself enjoy treats sometimes, but she really tries to limit processed food and sugar that she eats.

Like many celebrities, Nina’s tried different diets. She was a vegan for a while, and she has also focused on eating low-carb. But, for Nina, clean eating has been the best approach to nutrition.

To eat clean, try to eat food in its most natural state. I suggest eating:

  • Whole grains
  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Fish, poultry, and eggs
  • Healthy fats (like avocado)

Try to keep sweets, red meat, white carbs, and butter to a minimum.

Nina’s commitment to a healthy diet has definitely paid off. She says that it helped her get visible abs for the first time in her life. Her diet has helped make the difference between looking skinny fat and strong and lean, she says.


Nina prefers to prepare her own food. Although it is possible to eat healthy while eating out at restaurants (here are my tips!), it’s a lot easier to eat well if you know exactly how your food was prepared.

After a hard workout, Nina and her friends like to pick a meal from a cookbook to all prepare together.



When she was a child, Nina did gymnastics competitively, which taught her the importance of hard work in and out of the gym. She would often spend 4-5 hours a day working out. Today, Nina is still flexible, and she credits her ballerina-like body in part to gymnastics.

As an adult, Nina has always loved to work out and stay in shape. Over the years, her routine has changed some, but her desire to look and feel good hasn’t changed at all.

She tries to workout 5 times a week, and she likes to do different types of training to accomplish different goals. Some of her favourite forms of exercise have been yoga, running, HIIT, and strength training.


Nina loves yoga and is known for her flexibility. She loves attending yoga classes so that she can focus on her breathing, improve her posture, and develop deeper core strength.


These days, Nina doesn’t run as often as she used to. She prefers HIIT and strength training workouts.

However, Nina has been a huge fan of running in her life. While starring on The Vampire Diaries, Nina would go for regular runs to help keep her in shape.

Running is her favourite type of cardio, but she also likes to swim, cycle, and play sports.


Nina says she loves Les Mills Grit classes. These HIIT classes are just 30 minutes long and they will help you burn tons of calories.

Here are a few HIIT workouts that are similar to Grit:


Nina says that starting strength training changed everything for her. She feels stronger and looks more toned than she used to. When Nina just ran and did yoga, she felt skinny fat. Over the years, strength training has helped her to feel leaner than she thought possible.

I agree with her! In order to have a slim, toned body, I suggest women do a combination of cardio and resistance training. Cardio will help you burn fat, and resistance training helps your body look toned.

Nina does strength training with quite a bit of weight. However, remember that Nina is naturally very slim. Her body type doesn’t put on much bulk very easily.



Nina’s so open about fitness life. I love it! Here are a few things that I noticed that Nina does that I love:

  • She listens to music while working out! It helps her get into the groove of a workout and find her rhythm.
  • She works out with friends. Nina loves going to the gym or to a workout class with her girls.
  • She surrounds herself with people that are positive. They help her achieve her goals!
  • She works out in the morning. If she waits to workout until the end of the day, she feels sluggish and loses her motivation.
  • She tries to sweat every day, even if it is something small.
  • She practices self-love. Nina focuses on her accomplishments and tries not to pick apart her body in pictures.
  • She does yoga before bed to help her sleep with good posture and to unwind from the day.

Nina is an amazing woman. She’s fun, kind, and open about living a healthy life! I love the example she sets to her fans. It was wonderful to learn more about her!

Love Rachael xx

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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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2 comments on “Nina Dobrev’s Diet and Workout Routine”

    Monse says:

    What body type is she ?!?

      Ana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hey lovely <3

      She is a lovely mesomorph/ectomorph mix, but a bit more on the mesomorph side. :) xx


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