Kristen Bell Endorses Carbs as Brain Food

Memories aren’t made from spinach and chicken.

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It’s probably not surprising that Kristen Bell is getting a heap of press for offering the world – and the people who eat in it -- a hearty endorsement for carbs. The actress scarfs down a salt bagel with cream cheese every day as a midmorning snack, she has shared, explaining that it puts her in a good place mentally.

“I have to eat carbs because I have to memorize 11 pages of dialogue, and I can’t do that eating spinach and chicken,” she told Women’s Health magazine in the cover story for its November issue.

Not to say that the 39-year-old actress, who is set to reprise her role as Princess Anna in Frozen 2, out in November, is averse to spinach. Her go-to on-set breakfast, after an early-morning matcha and pea milk, is egg whites, spinach, tomato and feta cheese. And for lunch – after a protein shake made with pea or hemp milk – Bell, who has long been a vegetarian, has what she calls a “garbage disposal salad”: avocados, raisins, carrots, cucumbers and blue cheese on a bed of lettuce, Women’s Health reports.

She’s very careful to maintain healthy eating habits overall and keeps up a punishing workout routine, but she is not above enjoying herself with potatoes au gratin or, a recently discovered pleasure, a glass of rosé from time to time. Neither is she above preparing dinner for her family -- something simple and yummy, like Banza chickpea pasta with cherry tomatoes and olive oil -- although Bell, who parents two young children with her husband, actor Dax Shepard, says her sister-in-law helps with shopping and prep.

Bell tells the magazine she gets “too much joy out of cooking” to leave the task entirely to someone else. “I wouldn’t actually feel comfortable coming home and having a meal served to me,” she says.

Guess for Bell, who says that, in order to be there for her family, she tries not to take jobs out of town, her own kitchen truly is one good place.

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