Country superstar Carrie Underwood has been a vegetarian for more than seven years (and is primarily vegan now) and has no plans to ever go back to meat. “I’ll never eat meat again, because I look and feel better without it,” she says.
With that in mind, the singer recently shared a typical day’s menu with health magazine Self; the mag then asked a registered dietitian to evaluate Underwood’s choices. Her grade? A+.
In the magazine, Underwood shared that her breakfast is usually comprised of a smoothie with pea protein and berries, banana and almond milk. Alternatively, she sometimes opts for a tofu scramble with veggies and salsa. The singer also enjoys fresh fruit and black coffee.
According to Vandana Sheth, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Underwood’s meal plan is almost perfect.
“A good breakfast meal is one which includes whole grains, lean protein and fruits/vegetables. Both of Carrie’s breakfast options sound healthy, nutritious and delicious. I would, however, suggest adding a whole grain tortilla/pita bread or toast to the tofu scramble option to provide adequate carbs,” she says.
Underwood’s lunch options are also well-balanced. The star opts for stir-fry with pre-cut veggies, a chicken substitute (such as Quorn) and a splash of Bragg’s liquid aminos.
Sheth gives her high marks for this choice as well, although she cautions over-relying on fake meat products.
“Carrie’s lunch is perfectly balanced, colorful and nutrient-rich. It provides whole grains (brown rice), lots of veggies (broccoli, carrots, broccoli slaw, onions), lean protein (Quorn/Gardein chick’n) and is low sodium (Bragg Liquid Aminos). I would, however, suggest substituting the lean protein (Quorn/Gardein chick’n) with one that is not processed such as beans, lentils, tofu, edamame. Another option is to substitute quinoa for brown rice and enhance the nutritional quality of the meal.”
Underwood’s dinner plan is usually a veggie burger, which Sheth points out can be a healthy option, if done right. Because there are so many products on the market, she says it’s important to choose one with good nutritional statistics and pair it with healthy sides, such as a whole-grain bun, salad and fruit. Ultimately, though, Sheth recommends taking the time to make your own veggie burgers from scratch.
For more on Underwood’s healthy choices, including her fitness routine, head over to Self.