This is what Beyoncé eats in a day

Though it may come as a shock, Beyoncé is indeed a mere mortal, and therefore has to do things like breathe air and eat food to stay alive. No doubt that what she eats is super important, too, as she has to power herself through some pretty intense concert routines. On top of that, she's also a mother three times over, so she's had to nourish her children throughout her pregnancies to ensure that they're healthy. All of this she's done while maintaining a knockout bod, so chances are that she has some culinary strategies that help her stay so fit.

So what does the Houston-born superstar like to dig into when she's vegging out? What kind of diets does she do when she has to drop weight for movie roles or megatours? Does she really carry hot sauce in her purse? Here's the skinny on what Beyoncé really eats in a day.

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Ahead of her headlining the Coachella music festival in 2018, Beyoncé announced that she was going on a strictly vegan diet to get in shape for the big show. "44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!!," she posted on Instagram, along with a gorgeous piece of avocado toast. 

This wasn't the first time the performer has gone plant-based in order to drop weight and tone up. In fact, she went on a 22-day vegan diet (designed by celebrity trainer Marco Borges) back in 2013 along with her husband, Jay-Z, according to The New York Times. "The benefits of a plant-based diet need to be known," she wrote in an email. "We should spend more time loving ourselves, which means taking better care of ourselves with good nutrition and making healthier food choices." She also posted some of her meals on her Instagram page.

Beyoncé may swear by a vegan diet to get in shape, but she's not a vegan all the time. Back in 2013, she and Jay-Z broke their fast with decadent seafood, according to Us Weekly.

"No junk food allowed"

When Beyoncé is on the road, she's not afraid to ask for exactly what she wants, according to The Daily Star newspaper. "She's extremely regimented and is taking everything extremely seriously, so she expects her list of demands to be adhered to," a source told them. That means that no junk food is allowed backstage, and the only snacks she wants are almonds and oat cakes served on glass platters. Additionally, the green room salad bar can include green foods only. 

Beyoncé also likes to have ice balls carved by hand to suck on, and alkaline water served at a precise temperature with special titanium straws. And while that might sound a diva's demands, there's a solid reasoning for it. "Working so hard and with the toll the travel takes on her body in addition to the intense shows, she feels that her requests aren't too much to ask for as she wants to ensure everything goes to plan," the source continued. Considering how hard she works, that's totally reasonable.

"Chocolate wasted"

Even though Queen Bey works to stay trim and strong, she still likes to splurge on treats now and again, according to Us Weekly magazine. After a restrictive diet where she "ate lettuce," the singer announced her plans for her upcoming indulgence. "I'm gonna get chocolate-wasted!" she exclaimed to the crowd at a concert in Atlantic City. What exactly that entailed isn't certain, but it's clear that Beyoncé enjoyed chocolate in one or several forms. And a lot of it.

The singer has also mentioned her appreciation for sweets several times on her Instagram page. On one occasion, she simply posted a picture of a Kit Kat bar, something her followers found super relatable. On another occasion, she posted a picture of herself sipping on a slurpee, and not a small one, either. Go big or go home, right? Beyoncé has also posted specifically about some of the vegan treats she enjoys, such as cupcakes, when she's on a plant-based kick.

Water and vitamins every day

Hydration and good nutrition are both important, and Beyoncé is well aware of that; she makes a conscious effort to ensure that she's attentive to her body's needs, according to an interview in People magazine. "I try to take care of myself, drinking at least a gallon of water with lemon a day and making sure to take my vitamins," she revealed. That's kind of like lemonade, but without all of the sugar. And a whole gallon? No wonder her skin is always glowing!

She's also a fan of a cold pressed juice called WTRMLN WTR, which utilizes the whole watermelon, rind and all. She likes it so much that she became an investor in the company. But Beyoncé does stray from these trendy options from time to time. As indicated by a post she made on Instagram, she'll grab a Gatorade if she feels like it. No matter what, though, it's clear that she's made staying hydrated a priority.

A diet that melts baby weight

Beyoncé had to drop a significant amount of weight after giving birth to her first child, according to an interview she did with Shape magazine — and she had to do it fast. "I didn't have a lot of time to lose the weight because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again!" she said of the experience.

So what did she eat to shed those 50 plus pounds in under 100 days? Beyoncé told Shape in a separate interview (via HuffPost) some of her secrets. "I always have breakfast, say, scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk. For lunch and dinner, I eat a lot of fish and vegetables," she shared. She also noted that she avoided red meat, and replaced rice and pasta with quinoa.

She also made sure to watch her energy intake. "I ate a very low-calorie diet," she said. So she likely wasn't having large portions of anything.

Dining out with decadance

Bey and Jay enjoy date night just like the rest of us, although they probably go to fancier restaurants than most people. According to Vogue magazine, the pair have a few favorite haunts in New York City, and many of them serve Italian cuisine. They've been spotted at one of Mario Batali's restaurants, Del Posto, as well as Mamo, Bar Pitti, and Lucali

So what does Beyoncé order when they dine out? Jay-Z told Jimmy Kimmel Live (via Vogue) that at Lucali, she ordered pizza with jalapeños and extra tomato sauce. She confirmed that's how she likes her pizza in an interview with Beat magazine as well.

Beyoncé has dined out in the Chicago scene as well. She, Jay-Z, and friend Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child) met up at the now-closed Buck's on one occasion, according to Eater. There, they ordered fried chicken and biscuits, devilish eggs, and fried green tomatoes. They feasted on s'mores biscuits and beignets for dessert as well. Drooling yet?

Wine and pizza Sundays

What's Beyoncé's idea of a perfect Sunday, and what would she eat on her day of rest? In an interview with People magazine, she said that Sundays are best with, "No work, not even a discussion about work; lunch at my favorite pizzeria; having a glass of red wine; and watching Game of Thrones." She's posted about pizza on her Instagram page before, so her menu selection isn't super surprising.

Sometimes she might swap out the wine for another beverage, as she told Beat magazine that she likes to have a beer on Sundays. She also admitted to doing tequila shots on her birthday, and posted a bottle of champagne on her Instagram page, likely from another birthday (in Paris, because she's Bey). But shots and champagne toasts don't sound like things she'd indulge in on casual Sunday while sitting around eating pizza and watching Game of Thrones.

A real lemonade diet

A vegan diet may be Beyoncé's go-to method of losing weight more recently, but in the past she's done other diets when she wanted to shed poundage. She discussed one experience on The Oprah Winfrey Show, sharing how she got in shape for the movie Dreamgirls. And, no, it wasn't easy. "So I decided I wanted to lose weight and make a physical transformation," she said. "And it was difficult because I love food. I love to eat."

So what did she do specifically? "I did a fast — a master cleanse for 14 days," she revealed. In a nutshell, the master cleanse (also known as the lemonade diet, interestingly) is essentially a fast where you rely primarily on a beverage made of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for sustenance. You also have to do daily salt water flushes.

It doesn't sound like much fun — and Beyoncé confirmed that it wasn't. "Everybody was eating Krispy Kremes around me. I was grouchy, but I did it and I lost the weight," she said.

Comfort food is soul food

When it comes to food that's familiar, tasty, and comforting, Beyoncé goes for soul food. Given that she's from Houston, that's not surprising. For example, in 2017 while helping with the recovery effort after Hurricane Harvey, Beyoncé and her mother dined on soul food in Houston. Specifically, they stopped at Frenchy's Chicken, which her mom wrote about on Instagram. "We got fried chicken and red beans and rice," she said. "They have the best french fries in the world, greens, cornbread and of course Ms Sally's-famous lemon pound cake." She added that their eyes were clearly bigger than their stomachs that day.

Beyoncé is also fond of her mother's cooking, which she ate growing up. When asked what love feels like by Beat magazine, she responded, "eating my mother's gumbo." She also enjoys a good mac and cheese, vegan or not, as she noted in a post on Instagram, along with charred corn on the cob and portobello mushrooms. 

Spaghetti, sandwiches, and other delicious carbs

Some celebs eschew carbohydrates altogether in order to stay slim and trim, but Beyoncé isn't one of them, and she's mentioned that on more than one occasion. In 2006 she told Cosmopolitan magazine that although she don't cook much, she's "good at spaghetti and sandwiches. I know they're easy, but they're my specialty," she said. So she's a fan of bread and pasta like any normal human being.

Fortunately, her recent vegan diet still allows her to have plenty of carbs — which has had some pleasant side effects. She told The New York Times that she's noticed a glow to her skin "without having to deprive myself of carbs. I even slept better," she revealed. So you definitely don't have to skip the potatoes if you want clear skin. She's also posted about carbs on her Instagram page several times. Pita bread made the cut in one post, and popcorn got a nod in another. She makes a compelling argument to keep carbs around.