Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, has been in the spotlight long before her royal commitment. Her acting career dates back to young Markle appearing on commercials from 1993 all the way up to her big acting job with the TV show “Suits” from 2011-2017, where she plays Rachel Zane, a paralegal. Apart from her big acting career, Markle also maintained a successful blog, The Tig. One thing that remained true right up until becoming the Duchess of Sussex, is that Meghan is a natural Foodie.
When appearing on the TV show Chopped Junior as a guest food judge in 2016, Markle said “Growing up, my fondest memories, at least for me, were in the kitchen,”. You see, at a young age, Markle began to fall in love with food and the aesthetics. During an interview with Best Health Magazine, she told this story of her food-loving beginnings:
Many sources claim that Markle liked to maintain a vegan diet during the week, especially while filming the tv show, Suits. She would do this because she loved to have her meals revolve around fresh, wholesome ingredients and ensured veggies were the highlight of the plate. On the weekends, however, she would allow flexibility in her favorite indulgences. While Markle would work and travel she wrote about her favorite food experiences and even her own recipes on her blog, The Tig (RIP). Since her relationship with Prince Harry, she retired her site in 2017 to report to her new Royal duties. She said a farewell to her readers and encouraged her most important message of all, self-love. You can read Markle’s farewell letter HERE. The Tig’s name came from her favorite Italian wine, Tignanello. This was sparked by her love for wine and the moment that she truly understood it. From then on she treated every “aha moment” as a Tig moment, which you can watch her explain HERE. However, we wanted to dig deep to find out what Meghan Markle actually loves to eat. While this may not include her new Royal diet, it’s an interesting look at her life before Royalty from her morning start. lunch and even weekend indulgences. All of this to discover how we too can eat and drink like the fabulous Meghan Markle.
If you want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go like Meghan Markle then you’ll want to start your day with a cup of hot water and lemon. Several sources claim she likes to start her day with lemon and water rather than coffee regardless of how early she has to wake up.
Starting your day with lemon water is a great way to get a generous dose of potassium, vitamin B & C, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, and iron. It is also beneficial for our overall health because it can boost our immunity and digestive system while boosting natural cleansing too. No wonder Meghan loves to wake up this way every day.
Meghan doesn’t like to skip breakfasts and does enjoy a nutritious meal to start her day. A simple and satisfying breakfast for her would be a bowl of steel cut oats with banana. To add a touch of sweetness she likes to add agave syrup.
If steel cut oats are a little do beige for your liking Meghan even writes about a deliciously toasted oatmeal brulee on her blog. Considering her website isn’t live anymore we can thank sites like Way Back Machine for archiving some of her recipes. This warm and inviting oatmeal is full of wholesome ingredients that will keep you satisfied and satiated. Best yet, with this recipe we’ll be living vicariously through Markle’s breakfast routine.
https://web.archive.org/web/20150320110250/http://thetig.com/oatmeal-brulee/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE TIG
Along with steel cut oats, another wholesome breakfast Markle likes to enjoy regularly are acai bowls. She even created her recipe on EyeSwoon.com where she demonstrates how simple it is to throw together while maintaining a lot of nutrition in one bowl. Along with the recipe, she shares some secrets about her foodie loving life.
Acai berries are native to Central and South America. Many acai bowls can be made by either adding in the frozen packets or adding in acai powder to your own frozen berries. Some consider acai berries to be a superfood but they do come with a pretty price tag. If you want to be like Meghan Markle but can’t afford the acai berries, any frozen blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are just as rich in antioxidants too.
https://eye-swoon.com/a-tig-moment-with-meghan-markle/ PHOTOS HERE: EYE SWOON
Meghan enjoys a mostly gluten-free diet. She claims that ever since ditching the gluten she’s been able to have glowing skin. This, however, won’t stop her from enjoying and indulging in homemade pasta, because after all, she does still enjoy her carbs.
Meghan was featured on Today, where she showed exactly how to enjoy a Caesar salad with grilled romaine. On the show she explains, “You can grill lettuce and it has the most amazing flavor”. Now, this isn’t something I’ve tried before but Markle’s got me feeling all sorts of inspired. By grilling the lettuce, Markle also goes onto explain how it can be a playful way for kids to enjoy a barbecue if they have a gluten intolerance. It feels as if you’re holding a bun or taco but really, it’s a lettuce boat filled with tasty shrimp and drizzled with creamy caesar dressing.
Meghan Markle has a love for seafood. She’ll often enjoy tuna in salads, seafood in pasta and for lunch, she enjoys delicious fish tacos. During an interview with Today, she explained that growing up in California has sparked her interest in Baja-style food since very early on.
Markle believes a flaky white fish works best for fish tacos. She likes to enjoy it with grilled peppers and onions combined with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper and freshly squeezed lime juice. She then recommends stuffing all those delicious ingredients into a warm tortilla.
Since a young age, Meghan Markle has demonstrated an explorative and large palate to embrace unique and divine flavors. Markle’s love for fish extends much further than just fish tacos. She loves sushi and sashimi and has loved it since the young age of just 6 years old. Her Mother began by giving her cucumber rolls and as she got older she progressed to California rolls.
In an archived article from The Tig, titled The Art Of Sushi, Markle devotes a post to her love for sushi. She explains the difference between sushi (fish and rice) and sashimi (fish without rice) and how sashimi allows you to experience the “pure flavors of the fish“. Markle even shares her favorite restaurants from Los Angeles to London, New York and even Toronto where you can eat her favorite sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls. To read more about her love for sushi read HERE.
https://web.archive.org/web/20150330132809/http://thetig.com/art-sushi/ PHOTOS BY: THE TIG
Meghan Markle calls herself a “nibbler” in an interview with The New Potato. One of her favorite snacks to nibble on is almond butter with apple slices. To make the snack extra special she likes to add a sprinkle of sea salt.
Many are aware that apples are healthy on their own, after all, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but combining a nutritious fruit with nutrient-dense food like almond butter makes an already healthy snack even healthier. Almond butter offers a generous dose of magnesium (promotes heart health), Vitamin E and antioxidants (lower cholesterol), potassium (maintain healthy blood pressure) and many other great benefits. It’s even believed to help encourage healthy skin and really, who doesn’t want Markle’s glowing and flawless complexion.
Along with almond butter and apple slices, Markle tells The New Potato, her other favorite snack is a crudités and hummus plate. Crudités are traditional French appetizers that generally consist of whole or sliced vegetables. They’re often served with a vinaigrette or dipping sauces of other sorts. Markle enjoys her platters with a healthy serving of hummus.
Hummus makes an excellent dip for veggies and it’s definitely healthier than the go-to ranch dressing. Hummus is traditionally made of chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil but now there are many variations and flavors. Humus is full of fiber, antioxidants and protein. With all healthy ingredients that make up a crudités platter, there is no wonder why Meghan Markle likes to lean toward this snack often.
For many, a pick-me-up consists of a cup of coffee or a shot of espresso to help give you that last jolt of energy you need to make it through the day. This, however, isn’t the case for Meghan. When Meghan needs an energy booster she’ll often reach for a cup of fresh green juice.
Markle said in an interview with Shape “…trying to go for coffee or things like that only end up hurting you in the end. So to get a really good natural source of energy like a great green juice…Something that gets right into your system is a nice pick-me-up.” When Meghan Markle was filming the tv show, Suits in Toronto she would spend long hours and found this to be the most beneficial and healthy form of energy. She would make many trips to her favorite fresh juice shop, Revitasize, while filming in Toronto.
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Following her interview with Shape, Markle explains that another great alternative to coffee, for her, is kombucha. For those that aren’t familiar with kombucha, it’s a fermented drink that is made from bacteria and yeast. It’s often mixed with black or green tea and sugar.
This health drink has been around for well over 2,000 years but has quickly become a popular drink of choice as of late. Kombucha is known for its gut-friendly properties, is said to help improve digestion, could help to aid weight loss and provide a generous dose of energy. It’s easy to see why Meghan Markle would love this healthy beverage.
Meghan Markle is often more hungry at lunch rather than dinner. By listening to her body she’ll often indulge in a larger wholesome meal at lunch and will enjoy something lighter, like soup for dinner. She even wrote about some of her favorite soup recipes on her blog, The Tig.
We’ve found an archived recipe for one of those favorite soups. Markle’s recipe is inspired by leftover Thanksgiving feasting. The Tig Turkey Tortilla Soup is made of shredded leftover turkey, a savory broth and loads of hearty and healthy ingredients.
https://web.archive.org/web/20150330005444/http://thetig.com/turkey-tortilla-soup/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE TIG
Meghan devotes her efforts to eating healthy foods during the week to feel her best. However, when the weekend rolls around Meghan isn’t afraid to let loose, and enjoy some of her favorite weekend treats. Firstly, Meghan loves fries she even said “I’m always hoping I’m having lunch with people, so we can share fries. It’s its own food group for me” in an interview with Delish.
Furthermore, while filming in Toronto Markle experienced and fell in love with an authentic Canadian dish, poutine. Poutine is a dish made of fries that is sprinkled with cheese curds and drenched in gravy. Along with her love of fries, there is no question of why she would love a dish like that.
Meghan admits in her interview with Eye Swoon, her secret guilty pleasure is boxed mac and cheese. She explains how now, she’ll often reach for Annie’s Organic brand as a healthier option. She even recommends throwing in frozen peas for a “simple childlike meal“.
Markle is also not afraid to admit that another guilty pleasure is tater tots. To eat like Markle however, you’ll have to make sure you dip them in ketchup and sriracha. I don’t know about you but she’s my kind of gal!
Meghan explains that chia seed pudding is something she keeps in her fridge every week during an interview with Good HouseKeeping. It’s extremely easy to make all you need is chia seeds and almond milk to make Meghan’s favorite.
Although Meghan likes to enjoy this healthy pudding for dessert every week, it’s so healthy you could enjoy it as a breakfast too. The fun thing about chia seed pudding is that it’s very customizable. You can eat it plain, add berries or maple syrup to make it extra sweet, the options are endless!
Meghan Markle tells Best Health Magazine that her kryptonite, along with fries is – wine. She says “Of course I’m going to have that glass of wine, it’s delicious and I’ll enjoy it. Do the things you enjoy within reason. Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine.”
Markle’s love for wine extends to the dessert menu. She’ll often pass up a sweet dessert for a crisp white or a good red. After finding out she named her blog after her favorite wine, there is no question that she has a true love for it.
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