A Day in the Life of Giada De Laurentiis

Have you ever wondered how Giada stays so fit? Her basic philosophy may surprise you.

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"I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything," Giada says. The result is that she feels light on her feet and energized for whatever comes her way. Giada shared a typical day in her busy life, showing us how she satisfies cravings in a healthful way. "But I still love chocolate," she says. "That'll never change."

Breakfast: Chia Seed Pudding

Right after she wakes up, Giada drinks two glasses of warm water with lemon. She does an hour of yoga, then eats a protein-rich breakfast, like this pudding. "You don't need to eat a lot," she says. "It's very substantial."

Get the Recipe: Chia Seed Pudding

Morning Snack: Kale Juice

By 11 a.m., Giada has been up for six hours. She's hungry, but it's not lunchtime yet, so she makes juice for a hit of energy.

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Lunch: Updated Waldorf Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Giada's key to a satisfying lunch is a variety of textures, and this updated Waldorf salad has the perfect mix. "The nuts give me some protein," she says. "And I like the combination of crunchy, creamy and soft all together."

Get the Recipe: Updated Waldorf Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Afternoon Snack: Crispy Chickpeas

Around 4 p.m., Giada needs a pick-me-up, so she eats her version of a crunchy snack: "fried" chickpeas.

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Dinner: Salmon with Lemon, Capers and Rosemary

For dinner, Giada focuses on one thing: protein. She'll have a piece of salmon (no carbs) because "if I don't eat protein at night, I don't sleep well," she says.

Get the Recipe: Salmon with Lemon, Capers and Rosemary