Eating Flexibly: Vanessa Hudgens Talks Combining Keto Diet And Intermittent Fasting

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In case you’re wondering, Vanessa Hudgens doesn’t suppress herself when it comes to taking on new projects or refreshing certain aspects of her health routine. Along with starring in the upcoming movie “Tick… Tick...Boom!” the 32-year-old actress recently spoke about experimenting with new foods. 

Switching between the keto diet and intermittent fasting, Hudgens told Women’s Health she eats breakfast that “typically has avocado, maybe vegan sausage, and a piece of healthy bread.” Otherwise, she opts for an antioxidant smoothie packed with acai berries, blueberries, banana and coconut oil. 

“I eat two bigger meals a day instead of three,” she told Shape of skipping lunch in favor of snacking. If she’s following keto, Hudgens’ go-to snack involves almond butter. “People a lot of times think of fats in diets as a negative thing, and when you’re doing keto it’s a very positive thing,” she said. “I’m always making sure I’m getting those healthy fats in, so I eat a LOT of almond butter.” 

Meanwhile, her intermittent fasting days don’t appear too snack-filled. “Intermittent fasting is great, because when I am fasting—those first two weeks are definitely rough, I’m not going to lie, but after that I feel more grounded and powerful in my workouts. And I get the nutrients that I need when I eat, but then I also eat what I want,” Hudgens told People

As for dinner, that depends on Hudgens’ mood. “I let myself have what I want. If that's a big bowl of spaghetti with clams and a glass of wine, then that's what I'm eating,” she told Shape. “Sometimes I crave a salad, and I'll make a big one with nuts and goat cheese and salmon. Other times, it's tacos and a margarita.”

Despite being a pescatarian — someone who eats fish but avoids meat — who stays away from processed foods, Hudgens still created a flexible diet that works for her: “I've learned that when I try to be super conscientious of everything I put into my mouth, all I can think about is food. But when I listen to my body and eat what I want, that's when I'm happiest.”