Jenna Dewan Tatum is no stranger to a killer workout — as a professional dancer and actress, the 36-year-old can maneuver her way through a gym with ease. What we're really curious about is what kind of foods she eats to supplement her fitness routine, because we all know no matter how many crunches you do, you just can't get abs like hers by eating tacos every day.
As it turns out, the mom of one doesn't stick to a strict diet; instead, she chooses to eat healthy most of the time and splurge every once in a while.
“I consider eating healthy a way of life because I feel better, plain and simple,” she told PEOPLE. “I’m not a fan of dieting, which is why I choose to eat healthy most of the time. I keep it in balance, so I don’t have to crash diet. When I want to splurge I allow myself and don’t beat myself up — I just make a plan to eat extra healthy the next day or work out.”
Dewan Tatum sticks to a plant-based diet (which includes her favorite way to splurge: French fries) because it's healthy and good for the environment.
“I also choose to eat plant-based foods because not only is it healthy and yummy, but I feel ethically right,” she said. “We have become so off-balance with our animal consumption. Even one meatless meal a week helps!”
The star opened up to PEOPLE about what a typical lunch looks like for her — and we've gotta say, it sounds delicious: Quinoa tabouli, hummus and a cucumber and tomato salad with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
We all know by now that quinoa is a protein-packed grain with a low-calorie punch, but if you're not familiar with tabouli, know this: it's a vegetarian dish made with tomatoes, finely minced parsley, mint, bulgur, onion olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Throw some quinoa in there and you've got yourself one healthy (and filling!) lunch.
Dewan Tatum is also a girl who knows how important it is to get your veggies in, so that cucumber and tomato salad is the perfect choice to round out a healthy lunch. Add in the healthy fats that come with the olive oil (in both the quinoa tabouli and the salad) and you couldn't ask for a more well-rounded meal.
Ahead are a few similar meals inspired by Jenna Dewan Tatum's healthy eating habits you can pack for lunch this week!
Very similar to Dewan Tatum's quinoa tabouli dish, this quinoa salad is delicious, refreshing and filling and super healthy. Kale is one of the most cleansing foods you can get your hands on, and we use protein-packed quinoa, red and yellow bell peppers, shallots and sunflower seeds to really give you that cleansing kick you need. The red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing pulls it all together for a fantastic finish. Click here for the recipe.
This perfect summer side will help you cool down while getting your nutrients in at the same time. Think of it as a sweeter version of Dewan Tatum's cucumber tomato salad and tack it on to a quinoa dish. And at 91 calories per serving, you can afford to go for seconds (or thirds)! Here's the recipe.
Worried about the carbs that come with pasta? Think again: This recipe uses zoodles, aka zucchini noodles. The zucchini noodles cut down on carbs you would normally find in spaghetti noodles, while the avocados and artichokes (full of antioxidants) help you burn fat and detox your system. Check it out here.
This tasty and refreshing make-ahead salad perfectly complements warm weather and comes together super quickly. Quinoa makes up a hearty base, filled with red bell peppers, cucumbers and shallots. The tang of the red wine vinegar contrasts the coolness of the mint, making it the ideal summer dish to add to any entrèe. Click here to see the recipe.
For a fun side dish, try these cauliflower bruschetta steaks. They're completely vegetarian and use sliced and roasted cauliflower as the “steak” component, topped off with flavorful, homemade Bruschetta topping and Parmesan cheese. Check it out here.
If you're a fan of all things spicy, you'll love that this nutritious meal that packs a punch with the added jalapeños that most salads are missing. Plus, it's made with Dewan Tatum's go-to ingredient (quinoa!), so it gives you the protein you need to stay full until dinnertime. Check it out here.
Will you give Dewan Tatum's plant-based diet a try?
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