Imagine eating the same thing day after day for 10 years just to stay thin. In turn, nutritionists say eating just one thing is not good because “variety is the spice of life, and the best way to stay health is to eat a balanced diet." However, the rules seem to change for Hollywood celebrity super stars who don’t dare gain a pound. Thus, it more than raised eyebrows when Jennifer Aniston’s secret diet was revealed in Parade Magazine Feb. 19; when it reported how, for 10 years while doing the TV show “Friends,” Aniston only had “a modified Cobb, with turkey bacon and chickpeas.” In turn, Aniston shares her standby meal – when she portrayed Rachel Green on the TV sitcom Friends – for the “Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook,” with proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Chefs for Humanity.” It was back in 1990, that the now 43-year-old Aniston first gained worldwide recognition in the 1990’s for her role on Friends.
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In the 2008 film “Management,” – filmed in western Oregon – Aniston starred with Steve Zahn in a quirky comedy where Zahn’s character asks Aniston if he could “please touch your butt.” Aniston’s character agrees, and as Zahn’s character touches her firm buttocks, she replies it took a lot of work to get it that way.
Comedy aside, the U.S. Department of Health -- http://www.hhs.gov/ -- frowns on Aniston’s strict diet choice of only having one set Cobb salad each and everyday for 10 years or more. In turn, experts say more foods are needed to remain healthy.
Eating well plays an important part in maintaining good health, state U.S. Department of Health experts who provide eight practical tips that cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices:
-- Base your meals on starchy foods as these give you energy.
-- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables every day. Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg a day.
-- Eat more fish. Eat at least two portions of fish every week, including one portion of oily fish like mackerel or sardines.
-- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar.
-- Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults.
-- Get active outside and be a healthy weight.
-- Drink plenty of water, about 6-8 glasses of water (or other fluids) every day.
-- Don’t skip breakfast. Always eat breakfast because it gives you the energy you need for the day.
In turn, here’s Jennifer Aniston’s one and only favorite quinoa salad recipe.
Aniston’s Cobb salad from Friends
According to the new “Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook,” Jennifer Aniston said: “This is a really simple salad, but so delicious, and all these beautiful, healthy ingredients make it one of my favorites.”
Ingredients: ½ cup of quinoa (a species of goosefoot, and popular for its edible seeds), 1 cup of water, pinch of salt, 1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley washed and chopped (thick stems removed). Add 4 Persian cucumbers, peeled in strips, seeded and diced. Add 2 medium tomatoes diced. Add 1 ripe, but slightly firm avocado diced. Add 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
Aniston says this recipe serves two and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.
-- In a small saucepan bring water and salt to a boil.
-- Stir in quinoa, cover and lower the heat to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
-- Put quinoa into a medium size mixing bowl and cool.
-- Add parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado and oil to quinoa.
-- Mix and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Overall, nutritionists note that Aniston’s recipe is healthy, but it’s even healthier to eat “a balanced diet” that includes other foods not mentioned in this salad recipe.
Image of Jennifer Aniston with Steve Zahn at the Oregon premiere of the 2008 film “Management.” Photo courtesy Wikipedia