- Catherine Zeta-Jones, 51, shared everything she eats in a day.
- She enjoys lots of fresh fruits and veggies, as well as fresh treats, chocolate, and all the coffee and tea.
- The actress says she’s “somewhere in between” eating to live and living to eat.
When Catherine Zeta-Jones moved to the United States from England, she brought her classically European diet with her.
The actress, 51, shared a summary of what she eats in a day with Harper’s Bazaar, and you bet it features multiple spots of tea. Read on for her delightfully simple, yet nutritious regular meals.
But first, coffee.
She gets up before anyone else to enjoy her first coffee in silence. “I really can’t do anything properly without my coffee,” she said. She likes brewing it in a French press because it has a sort of a “nostalgic” feel to it.
She has “very specific" breakfast needs.
There’s no doubt that Zeta-Jones is a “three meals a day kind of girl,” she said, and when it comes to breakfast, she always has one of two things depending on the time of year.
“In the winter hours, I’m a porridge girl,” she explained, which she makes with brown sugar, bananas, and blueberries. In the spring, she switches to non-fat vanilla yogurt topped with granola, blueberries, and raspberries. That’s only during the week, though.
When the weekend arrives, all bets are off, and the family enjoys what she calls “a good British fry-up” complete with imported British bacon, sausages “which we call bangers,” baked beans, scrambled eggs, “and for the American contingent of my family,” Martha Stewart’s French toast recipe with all the good stuff—brioche bread, cinnamon, and vanilla. “Every weekend it comes together in a fabulous family brunch. We love it. I look forward to it all week,” she explained.
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11:00 a.m. is tea time.
Jones takes multiple drink breaks throughout the day, and this one she likes to pair with “a cookie or something.”
“I’m not a big snacker, except for anything chocolate,” she said. “For me, chocolate is a real treat. I deserve it.” Her favorite is Cadbury’s milk chocolate—a classic. “It’s a British brand that I was brought up with and it’s very comforting,” she added.
Lunch is better with company.
When she’s not working, she always has lunch with her husband, Michael Douglas. “We’re big on family meals ... we stop and we sit down and we have lunch,” she said. On the menu is “lighter fare” that always includes a salad. Her favourite is a mix of spinach, rocket, pine nuts, “big, ripe” tomatoes, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and mustard.
“I have a salad every meal other than breakfast because I just adore it,” she admitted. Accompanying the greens is typically grilled chicken, grilled cod, or stuffed eggplant: “Something light that doesn’t weigh me down too much.”
4:30 p.m. brings more coffee and a treat.
The actress has no choice but to enjoy her very own Casa Zeta Jones coffee. “I love it because it’s my blend and it’s the kind of coffee that I love,” she said. And if she’s ahead of the game, she will have already baked fresh scones which she loves to top with clotted cream and jam—the traditional British way.
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Dinner is always around 8:00 p.m.
And that’s early for her—when she’s in Europe, she eats later.
Another salad starts the meal, this time of apple, avocado, oranges, and figs. And although she typically prefers fish and white meat, she occasionally loves “just a regular fillet steak” paired with homemade mushroom sauce and a bunch of fresh sautéed veggies. She also likes to bake cauliflower whole and cover it with melted cheese—a comfort dish her mum used to make.
Simple desserts satisfy her after-dinner sweet tooth.
Her favourites are a good ol’ scoop of ice cream or slice of apple pie, particularly her mum’s recipe.
There isn’t much she doesn’t like.
But she stays far away from tripe (cow stomach, but who wouldn’t?) and MSG (her body doesn’t react well to it). Otherwise, she loves experiencing and enjoying food. “Some people say, do you live to eat or eat to live?” she reflected. “I’m somewhere in between.”