The 47-year-old shared what she eats in a typical day – and it’s surprisingly simple

At 47, Gwyneth Paltrow is thriving. Her skin is glowing, her hair is shiny, and she looks incredibly fit. So it’s only natural to wonder what she eats on a regular basis. Is she living off an all-organic diet, with a few jade egg-level unusual foods in the mix? Does she secretly eat total junk?

Paltrow’s former personal chef, Kate McAloon, revealed in a 2017 interview that her family eats as healthy as you’d expect. “They are very strict. They avoided any sugars, anything sweet, no dairy, just more vegetables,” McAloon said. But, she ended up bending the rules a little. “When I got there I was trying to stick to the brief and I realised as I started adding more ingredients in, they said, ‘Your food is getting better!’” she recalled. “That’s what happens when you eat more than grass.”

Now, in a recent video, Paltrow said she has “pretty much become more of an omnivore.” Here’s what the Goop founder’s diet looks like in a typical day.

She loads up on H2O first thing

Paltrow once revealed that she starts her day with “a large glass or two” of water. “Then, I sit down with my computer at the kitchen table before the kids wake up,” she said. Next up is coffee and “some quiet time” with her husband as they look ahead to their workday.

And she’s not really into breakfast

“I’m not a big breakfast person,” Paltrow said. “I’ll eat brunch sometimes late on a weekend but, after I take my kids to school, I go straight to the gym and I always have a big thing of water at the gym.” Paltrow said she puts two GoopGlow super powders into her water “for vitamin C and for skin…it’s like my morning orange juice.”

But a morning smoothie gets thrown into the mix

Paltrow said on her Goop podcast in 2018 that, “on a normal day, I’ll have a smoothie for breakfast.” She tries to find something that has “good fat,” protein, and fiber. Among her go-tos: A cacao and almond butter smoothie with spinach and protein powder. If she’s in “a rush,” she’ll have a peanut butter protein bar.

Lunch is usually inspired by the ‘Goop’ website

Paltrow told Harper’s Bazaar that she’s big on “a salad with some protein,” although sometimes she’ll eat something that’s being tested in the Goop kitchen, like a turkey burger wrapped in lettuce.

Afternoon snacks are a must

“Usually around three or four, I’ll hit the snack cupboard at the Goop office,” Paltrow said. There, she’ll grab something salty and crunchy, like cashews or pretzels. She also likes to have a cup of green tea. “That will hold me through ‘til dinner,” she said.

She keeps dinner simple, but it varies

Paltrow said on her Goop podcast that she’s a little looser with dinner. “For dinner, I have whatever I want,” she said. “But I do always try to avoid highly-processed foods and high-fructose corn syrup.” “I cook every weekend, but during the week, it’s hard because of my job,” she told Shape. “I have a bunch of chicken dishes and pasta go-tos, and I do a lot of stir-fry for the kids. I always keep cooked brown rice in the fridge. Then it takes two minutes to chop up some vegetables, make a nice sauce, and you’re done.” She’s also into one-pot dinners, like chicken in a Dutch oven with root vegetables and potatoes underneath. “I like to eat dinner on the early side,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I’ve gotten real geriatric about that 6:00, 6:30 dinner.”

She indulges occasionally

Despite eating clean most of the time, Paltrow does like to indulge on occasion. Her vices? White carbs and fried foods. “I love French fries, which is a well-known fact,” Paltrow said. “French fries are sort of my favourite meal. They’re technically a side, but I guess I could eat them for a meal—and I would.” During an interview with People, Paltrow revealed that she's not immune to the 3pm slump. "I think as I've gotten older and hopefully wiser I've tried to focus on doing little things throughout my week to bolster my strength and energy," she told the magazine. "I'm trying not to cave into sugar cravings and lots of white carbs all the time, because that's my kind of go-to; if I get tired in the afternoon I want pretzels, or I want Swiss cheese on a cracker or a baguette. I really love white carbs, which is not great for optimising your health and your energy."