Kate Middleton’s grace and impeccable style have made her just as adored as Princess Diana before her — and made plenty envious of her flawless figure. Though not as active as her sister Pippa, Kate has dropped her baby weight in record time — twice — and manages to stay slim despite her lavish lifestyle. Here’s the royal eating regimen that makes it all possible.
SHE LOVES A GOOD CURRY
According to Carolyn Robb, chef to the royal family for over a decade, William enjoys spending time with Kate and her family because they eat together at the kitchen table like a normal family. The Duchess seems to have developed a love of cooking (curries, especially) and hosting meals where she personally serves her guests, but Prince William still teases her cooking, proclaiming, “It’s the reason I’m so skinny!”
SHE STICKS TO A STRICT DIET
To slim down before her wedding day, Kate was rumored to have utilized The Dukan Diet — a high-protein, low-carb program that Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen are said to have used to drop baby weight. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruit and whole wheat bread are key to the regimen, and Kate’s mother, another fan of the diet, curbs cravings with prawns and cottage cheese.
SHE HAS SOME GO-TO RAW FAVORITES, TOO.
Middleton doesn’t go full raw diet all the time, but she’s been known to appreciate the trend. She loves ceviche, goji berries, gazpacho, watermelon salad, almond milk, and tabbouleh.
SHE SWEARS BY FAMILY RECIPES.
For her first Christmas spent at Sandringham, Middleton came up with a clever gift idea for Queen Elizabeth. She decided to go DIY rather than buying something for her grandmother-in-law, and whipped up a batch of her own granny’s chutney for the occasion. “I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table,” she said.
SHE DOESN’T SHY AWAY FROM HOLIDAY TREATS.
When Will and Kate bring the kids to Sandringham House in Norfolk to spend Christmas with the Queen, they’re greeted with all sorts of treats. Christmas morning kicks off with a hardy breakfast before church, followed by a lunch of salad with shrimp or lobster, roasted turkey, and traditional sides like parsnips, carrots and Brussels sprouts. Come dinnertime, the chef carves an impressive rib roast, turkey or ham, to be eaten with 15 to 20 other buffet items.
SHE OVERCAME A PREGNANCY-TRIGGERED FOOD AVERSION WITH FRUITS AND OATS
When Middleton was pregnant with Prince George, she struggled with extreme morning sickness and food aversion. While she reportedly attempted to combat her nausea by undergoing food hypnotherapy, she also stuck to a diet of avocados, berries, and oatmeal. These hearty foods helped her put on weight during her pregnancy, despite her morning sickness.
SHE’S AN ADVENTUROUS EATER.
Though eating in front of the cameras is always a risk, Kate and Will couldn’t resist chowing down on the amazing fare served on their Canadian royal tour. At a food and wine festival in British Columbia, Kate gave geoduck clams with miso mustard sauce a try and noted, “It’s really unusual. I’ve never seen it before. It’s so fresh from the sea.”
SHE’S A BIG FAN OF FAMILY RECIPES
Middleton swears by family recipes so much that she whipped one up for the queen during her first royal family Christmas. Middleton made a batch of her grandmother’s famous chutney to give Queen Elizabeth, in lieu of a purchased gift. “I was slightly worried about it,” Middleton said of her decision. “But I noticed the next day that it was on the table.”
SHE SAVES ROOM FOR DESSERT.
Family gatherings often involve traditional confections like jam roly-poly or sticky toffee pudding — favorites that William and Harry enjoyed as boys at Buckingham or Kensington Palace. At Christmastime, the royal family can expect Christmas pudding and fruitcake with the afternoon tea, but Middleton treats her little ones to cake and sweets on other occasions,
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