Eva Mendes’ Less-Is-More Approach to Meal Planning Is So Relatable

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We've touted the benefits of streamlining your daily decision-making with a meal plan, but Eva Mendes is a true pro. During an interview with Shape for their April cover, Eva revealed that she's a "creature of habit" when it comes to her meals.

Mendes starts most days off with eggs (unless there's a tempting pastry around; the actress has a major sweet tooth) as a quick way to jump-start her energy. "I find that when I start out with the right source of protein, it definitely helps [my energy level]," the A-lister said.

But when it comes to lunch and dinner, she likes to keep things even simpler. Mendes returns time and time again to salmon and quinoa with a salad, a go-to lunch that fits neatly into the star's health goals. And for dinner? The same combo makes a reappearance. We can't help but admire this time-saving tactic. "I'm a creature of habit in that way," Eva admits. "I don't get bored with food. I try to think about it as fuel for my body."

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With two young daughters making home life hectic, it's easy to see why Mendes would opt for simple and satisfying over a complex roster of meals. "I am looking forward to is the time when dinner becomes a sit-down situation again," she said. "Right now I'm in survival mode with two babies, eating on the go."

While some of us might rely on a variety of meal options to break up our weeks (hello, sad desk lunches), there is something comforting and indulgent about eating your favorite food again and again.

Interested in taking a cue from Eva's hack? Check out our list of foods you should be eating on repeat. You can also find our favorite variations on her go-to salmon!



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