Kate Hudson is basically the human incarnation of a double rainbow—sure, she’s stunning, but there’s also this perpetual cheeriness about her, like she’d be the one person who could make you change out of your Pajama jeans and do the nae nae across your living room, no matter how depressed you’re feeling.
You might see her and think, I’ll have whatever she’s having, if it makes me look and feel like that. Apparently, it’s a fairly common sensation, too, since she just released a book—Pretty Happy, out now—showing you how to live la vida Hudson.
As much as people harp about that a.m. meal being the most important one of the day, it’s the hardest one for Hudson to down. “I’m not one of those people who wakes up hungry,” she told Self. “…I realize that when I do [have breakfast], I eat less during the day or late at night.”
Most mornings, she wakes up to a cup of coffee and a green juice. After a workout—which varies from cycling and running to pilates or a Tracy Anderson routine—she’ll down a protein shake. Hudson’s into a high-alkaline diet, which means she tries to avoid super-acidic foods and that 60% to 80% percent of her calories come from tofu, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
“Our bodies are one large chemistry experiment,” she told People. This diet means she avoids meat, dairy and gluten for the most part, and limits her sugar intake. After her post-workout protein shake, Hudson typically has a salad for lunch and a late-afternoon snack before dinner. She focuses on having five small meals per day, she says in the March 2016 issue of Self, preferring plant-based dishes. “I don’t remember the last time I had a steak,” Hudson admits.That doesn’t mean she sticks to that diet all of the time, though. “If I want to go out and eat at a restaurant with amazing food, I’ll do that, like, once a week where I’m not thinking about it,” she says. “I want to indulge! I want to do things that are not healthy sometimes.”