Beyonce has been seriously upping her wellness game lately. There’s her activewear line, Ivy Park, along with the all-natural drink that she recently invested in. (No, it’s not lemonade—although you can definitely learn a few life-affirming tips from her new album.)
But healthy living is not new for Queen Bey: She’s been vegan—well, at least mostly—for a while, and Marco Borges, the trainer who inspired her to ease up on meat, wants to pay a visit to your kitchen too.
Well… sort of. Borges, an exercise physiologist and nutrition pro, is the creator of the plant-based 22 Days Nutrition program (which Bey and J famously took on), and his book The 22-Day Revolution, walks you through the plant-based plan.
He’s about to make your life really simple: Here, Borges dishes on how you can use three powerhouse ingredients—quinoa, lentils, and spinach—to create three meals that will provide perfect fuel, whether you’re on your way to your dance cardio class, just getting home from work, or need a detox day.
Ready to eat like a queen for 22 days (or at least the afternoon)? Keep reading for three ways to eat like Beyonce.
Originally posted May 12, 2015, updated May 26, 2016.
“Quinoa is a complex carb, so it’s slow-burning and gives you sustained energy,” says Borges. “The lentils are a great source of protein, and the spinach, well, Popeye. Need I say more?”
“Lentils have amino acids that aid in muscle recovery,” Borges says. “The spinach is great for reducing inflammation and the quinoa will help restore muscle glycogen—in other words, give you energy.”
“In this dish, there’s more spinach, because it’s rich in glutathione, which locks and drags toxins out of your body,” Borges says. “The quinoa is wheat- and gluten-free and has a low glycemic index, while the lentils are the most alkaline-forming of all protein sources, which helps reduce inflammation.”
Can’t remember the different combos? Save this handy infographic and pull it up anytime you want to channel Beyonce.
The Beyonce Diet (you can coin that, it’s legit) will get you hooked on quinoa for sure, so you’ll definitely want to try these six innovative recipes. Or, if you would rather follow in the footsteps of another celeb, try out Gisele Bundchen’s meal plan.