What Martina McBride Eats To Stay In Such Great Shape
Celebrity diets tend to err on the side of extreme, with bold statements like “I eat whatever I want!” or “I only eat raw foods” somewhat of a norm. That’s why it’s so refreshing to hear country music legend Martina McBride talk candidly about food and the huge role it plays in her life.
McBride recently teamed up with Bob Evans on a line of ready-to-eat sides you can find at the grocery store and just wrapped up her second cookbook. We caught up with her to talk about the line’s launch and how she stays healthy on the road (her Christmas tour starts next month), and how she manages to strike a balance between “you are what you eat” and “everything in moderation.”
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She’s all about protein and healthy fats in the A.M.
McBride admits she’s not a huge lunch eater, but she always starts her day with a solid breakfast. She usually has a few scrambled eggs with fresh-sliced tomato and avocado, or avocado toast with lime juice, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Later in the day, she’ll grab her favorite snack, cheese and crackers.
She’s big on fish and veggies.
Along with her upcoming tour, McBride has a second cookbook coming out soon, following her 2014 hit Around The Table. This cookbook has a lot more vegetable and fish recipes than the last one, she says, reflecting her growth as a cook and her family’s goals to eat healthier, which she’s shared with fans on Instagram.
Dinner is a family affair.
McBride regularly makes dinner at home for her husband and three daughters. “I love to cook, so I make something for our family,” she says. “I’ve been trying to cook healthier, more fish and roasted vegetables and things like that.” She also uses family time to test-drive new recipes for her cookbook. “There’s nothing in it that I haven’t cooked for my family,” she says.
She knows how to stay healthy on tour.
Over the last couple decades, McBride has put out more than a dozen hit albums and gone on countless tours, so she’s no stranger to catering tables or “after-show food.” She’s learned to say no to cheeseburgers (most of the time), and opt for a big salad or bowl of soup instead. “I try to eat something that’s going to satiate me but not be so heavy that late at night.”
Treat yourself moments are definitely allowed.
Even though she eats healthy most of the time, McBride is quick to point out she’s an “everything in moderation” kind of person. She’s not huge on dessert, but she does love splurging on Bob Evans’ mac and cheese. Her and her husband travel often, and they make sure to stop for things like chili-cheese dogs when they’re in Atlanta and In-N-Out on the west coast. Oh, and her go-to spot after the CMA awards? That would be good ol’ Waffle House, where she orders cheese eggs, raisin toast, and grits with lots of butter. A woman after our own heart.