It might be hard to believe that any celebrity chef eats just like the rest of us, and maybe harder still to believe it when that chef is Giada De Laurentiis. She did, after all, train at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, which brings to mind fancy gourmet meal after gourmet meal. And then there are those pesky rumors about her spitting out anything she puts in her mouth while filming (which have been denied by her rep). But if you dig a little, there’s plenty of evidence to prove that De Laurentiis enjoys the same foods we all do. She loves chocolate and French fries and pasta, of course, but also makes sure to incorporate healthy snacks and protein-packed dinners into her diet.
So what does she really eat? Here’s a peek at how De Laurentiis satisfies her hunger in real life — when she’s not noshing at fancy restaurants with other Food Network stars, that is.
When Giada De Laurentiis wakes up, she doesn’t head straight for the coffee or the Cheerios. Instead she reaches for water with lemon — two glasses to be exact — and prefers warm to ice cold when she’s still shaking off last night’s slumber. She told Delish, “You get dehydrated as you sleep and need to help your body rehydrate when you get up.” And she’s not wrong. According to nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, who spoke to Business Insider, there are plenty of good reasons to knock back a couple glasses of water first thing in the morning, especially if your morning routine includes a cup of joe. Batayneh explained, “Most people have their coffee first thing in the morning. Although it is a good source of antioxidants, it is also dehydrating. You can offset this with water.” Other benefits include increasing your alertness, fighting off illness, and jump-starting your metabolism. Sounds like Giada is onto something here.