What Do The World’s Most Successful Women Actually Eat for Lunch?

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Source: Brooke Lark on Unsplash

What should you eat for lunch today?

Sure, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, lunch is damn important, too. Think about it - you’re feeling fab in the morning after your matcha latte and poached eggs, but once your energy starts to sap and you take a productivity dip at around erm, 1 p.m. who’s there for you? Lunch, that's who!

Just like your fascination in your besties primary school lunch box contents (circa 1994), we’re taking a look at what 5 of the world’s most successful women actually eat for lunch. From Oprah Winfrey to Kayla Itsines, here are some of their lunchbox contents - adult style. 


Oprah Winfrey

You get a soup, and you get a soup - everyone gets a soup! The inspirationalist and philanthropist has been carefully following the Weight Watchers healthy eating program for over two years now. Owning 10% of the Weight Watchers company, Oprah follows her 30 points of food a day - to a T. In a recent interview with People magazine, Oprah said she eats the same thing for lunch every single day: soup (now that’s dedication!) She also adds a salad with zero-point greens and one teaspoon of oil. One of her fave pairings is tomato soup with a Tuscan kale and apple salad. You go girl! 

Arianna Huffington

There’s no denying that Arianna Huffington loves her eight hours of sleep, but she’s also big on eating an appetizing lunch. True to her Mediterranean roots, Arianna loves a big salad with tons of radicchio, arugula and iceberg lettuce.  As for her choice of protein, she mixes it up with grilled fish, chicken or eggs. If it’s vegetables instead of leafy greens, her favourites are cauliflower, broccoli, snap peas and asparagus usually dressed in Greek olive oil (of course) and balsamic vinegar.


Kayla Itsines

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Source: @kayla_itsines

Kayla Itsines proves that you can make friends with salad. Kayla usually opts for a salad with lean protein - like chicken or tuna - for lunch. In her opinion, salads are super easy and convenient to make at home or grab at a local cafe. Her favourite homemade salad combo includes tuna, cucumber, onion, basil, mint and cheese. She always aims to pop in some complex carbs - like whole wheat croutons or quinoa - to give her body the right amount of energy before she works out. When she’s not chowing down on healthy salads, Kayla also loves whole wheat wraps stuffed with a variety of her favourite ingredients like chicken, lettuce and tomato. 


Michelle Obama

Firstly, Michelle - we miss you! Secondly, can we have lunch with you sometime? One of the former First Lady of the United States’ all-time lunchtime favourites is a veggie pizza on whole wheat bread, topped with heaps of vegetables, cheese and tomato sauce- yum! She’s also been known to have fish with stir-fried vegetables for extra crunch. To change it up she occasionally substitutes her veggies for brown rice or a baked potato. 


Gwyneth Paltrow

The actress, food writer and Goop founder is all about promoting wellness and healthy living - and she does a fab job at it, too. Back in 2015, Gwyneth told Vogue that she usually makes herself a big salad with grilled chicken for lunch. As for some of her other lunch options? Some of Gwyneth’s favourite meals include her Ivy Chopped Salad, Tuna and Ginger Burgers and Rotisserie style chicken with baked chips. We’d definitely let Gwyneth cook for us anyday!

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