Reese Witherspoon is currently juggling Season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies, the upcoming Apple TV series The Morning Show (with Jennifer Aniston), and the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere, also in the works.
In between all of that, the 41-year-old â€” who doesn’t look a day older than her Legally Blonde appearances â€” also manages to bake up a storm on her Instagram. And unlike some other celebs’ fare, her cooking self-admittedly includes butter.
“I donâ€™t believe in crash dieting or anything like that,” she told Us Weekly in 2012. “I work out all the time anyway just to stay healthy.” Her trainer Michael George told Shape that the actress eats healthy small meals and snacks daily, cuts back on alcohol, and gets in 30 minutes of cardio six day a week.
While paparazzi regularly snap photos of Reese running and biking in Los Angeles, here’s what you might find her eating in her Southern kitchen:
Reese isn’t giving up caffeine anytime soon. The entrepreneur â€” she owns her own production company and the clothing brand Draper James â€” regularly pays homage to coffee on her Instagram feed. Her latest obsession: adding oat milk to her morning brew.
She also loves fueling up in the morning with nutritionist Kim Snyderâ€™s Glowing Green Smoothie, which includes spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, apple, pear, banana, and lemon juice. “I start every day with a Glowing Green Smoothie and so does my whole family!” she wrote in a testimonial on Synder’s website.
When the afternoon rolls around, Reese might order a kale salad with roasted chicken, per interviews with Vogue and the New York Times. Her favorite cold weather craving is lentil soup, according to InStyle.
She also loves spicy food, like the hot chicken at Hattie Bâ€™s in Nashville. “The best Southern food for me is probably fried chicken. There’s nothing like hot, spicy fried chicken,” said in a Vanity Fair video. “I do like some Cholula. I do like some spicy shrimp and grits.”
It’s no secret Reese is partial to Southern cuisine. She recently published the book Whiskey in a Teacup, which is filled with recipes passed down from her grandmother Dorothea. If she’s having people over, she’ll serve classics like fried chicken, biscuits, corn salad, and coconut layer cake.
“Fried chicken is so simple, but it’s such a luxury to have it at home,” caterer Annie Campbell, who often cooks for Reese, told Oprah.com. “This is a typical menu when she entertains, and people love it.” Other favorites include country fried steak, ribs, brisket, fried okra, crispy brussels sprouts, summer squash casserole, and applesauce cake.
She doesn’t always spring for Southern food, though. The actress shared with InStyle that her favorite date night activity with husband Jim Toth is “dinner at an Italian restaurant with lots of pasta.” Sounds just perfect to us.