If you’ve ever wondered how superstar and majorly talented singer Ariana Grande, maintains vivacious amounts of energy, while maintaining her weight and stamina, this is how. Aside from licking donuts (which can be totally vegan, by the way) Ariana Grande is also always making sure that she’s eating healthily. For her, healthily means fully embracing a vegan diet.
She told Mail Online, “I have been a vegan for the last few years and it has been a great experience for me.” Obviously, being vegan means that her diet avoids anything made from animal products. So instead, she creates her meals from plant-based staples that fuel her for her busy schedule and hectic, but glamorous, life.
In an interview with Mirror, she explained what promoted her dietary and lifestyle choices. “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person. It is tricky dining out, but I just stick to what I know — veggies, fruit, and salad — then when I get home I’ll have something else.”
In an interview with V Magazine, she bravely said she didn’t think humans should be drinking milk from cows. And since then, she’s openly spoken about her choices, beliefs, and reasons, all of which we totally agree with.
So, what does this pint-sized celebrity like to eat?
Ariana’s trainer, Harley Pasternak, describes her diet as essentially, ‘macrobiotic Japanese’, explaining that she loves lotus, adzuki beans, and daikon. A macrobiotic diet is a balanced whole foods diet that’s health promoting and pretty clean. She said she enjoys blueberries, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, carrots, broccoli, bananas, dragon fruit, edamame and acai bowls, all of which are delicious plant-based staples.
Although she’s from an Italian background, she has made dramatic dietary changes even though traditional Italian foods rely heavily on animal products. She said, “I don’t eat a lot of Italian things because I’m vegan. I was raised on meat and cheese, so I’ve had enough for anyone’s normal lifespan.” She has acknowledged that eating out can be a bit tricky, but as more vegan eateries open up, that trickiness dissipates.
Many of her favorite ingredients can be made into a variety of dishes. For breakfast, opt for oatmeal with blueberries, like these Warm Blueberry Overnight Oats. You can also quickly whip up this gorgeous and nutritious Dragon Fruit Pink Lady Smoothie for busy mornings on-the-go.
As for acai, we’re definitely fans. Acai is a great source of antioxidants, so enjoy a 3-Minute Acai Bowl, packed with avocado, banana and cacao bits. Or, enjoy this refreshing Blueberry Açaí Super Smoothie.
Ah, so what’s for lunch, you ask? You can make a plethora of delicious vegan combinations out of her favorite foods. Opt for this Adzuki Bean and Kale Hummus With Sweet Potato Chips recipe, or this Sweet Potato Carrot Coconut Thai Soup! Enjoy edamame with this Edamame Seaweed Salad, which is so, so good for you. Or, try a Sushi Bowl With Sesame-Crusted Tofu, which is so, so delicious.
Ms. Grande has posted, quite a few times if not daily, some dishes she’s whipped up at home. She’s posted on Twitter about her love for spinach, as well as her love for different macrobiotic dinners. For your own macrobiotic meals, try a Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy or this Macrobiotic Brown Rice Arame, which can be topped with fresh veggies. Or, go for this tasty Macrobiotic Mabo Tofu!
Based on a philosophy founded by George Ohsawa, the macrobiotic diet is meant to create balance and vitality by applying the Asian principles of yin and yang to your entire life, including exercise, mental health, and food.
Ariana, here’s looking at you! Keep on doing your thing, and spreading the word of veganism.
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