Brandy’s Food Diary: What I Eat in a Day

05/28/2015 at 11:34 AM ET

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These days, Brandy is busy playing Roxie Hart on Broadway in the revival of Chicago, but months before treading the boards, the singer and actress worked hard to get in the best shape of her life.

Before, “I didn’t exercise or take care of myself and my body the way I needed to,” Brandy, 36, tells PEOPLE. “I just woke up one day and decided to live my best life, so what you see is the new me!”

Brandy complements a clean diet with regular workouts. “Some days are tough, but with the right focus and dedication I refuse to hit my snooze button,” she says. She combines boxing or sparring with her trainer with cardio and weight training for up to an hour and a half a day. “I know good things are happening because of this healthy release of energy with my mind, body and soul!”

Check out what she eats in a day — and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands Friday) to read more about her diet.

Egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes and onion
32 oz. water with lemon, cucumbers, apples and blackberries

4 oz. mahi mahi
Small spinach salad with roma tomatoes, cucumbers and olives
16 oz. water with lemon

Grilled salmon
1 cup of steamed vegetables with her favorite kale salad from Houston’s restaurant (fine shredded baby kale, herbs and dry-roasted, unsalted cashews, topped with shavings of Parmesan cheese and peanut vinaigrette)

Kind Bar (Cranberry and Almond + Antioxidants)

Total Calories 

“Brandy is laying the best foundation for the day by getting high-fiber carbs and protein from oats and berries, and she has perfect portions for lunch,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of But Glassman adds, “At dinner she could add a little healthy fat like avocado or olive oil. The fat is necessary for skin health, hormones and for simply staying satisfied!” For a little more variety she also suggests that Brandy add chunks of fruit, like strawberries or raspberries, to her water. But overall, says Glassman, Brandy is an excellent eater. “She consumes a lots of veggies, lean protein, whole grains and is consistent throughout day. She is on it!”

NOTE: It is recommended that women should eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men should eat at least 1,800 calories per day.

—Antoinette Y. Coulton @diamondtennis

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Jenny on

That does not look like even close to 1847 calories to me.

Kim on

Holy crap! Brandy is the poster child for too much plastic surgery. Yikes.




msliftbig on

Wow y’all are HARSH!! I doubt she eats that every single day, but 1,800 calories is pretty good. She looks the same, just more fit! I’m a huge fan ❤️

Anonymous on

She looks like a dude with fake b**bs — i.e., Serena or Venus Williams.

“I didn’t … take care of myself and my body the way I needed to,” — yeah, Brandy, maybe that’s why you KILLED SOMEONE while driving.

Tay on

So none of you have ever had a car accident huh???

Yezi on

Y’all need to leave Brandy alone. Such hateful comments. Go back and look at old photos of Brandy…not much has changed…she hasn’t had any plastic surgery…What she is doing now is working out a great deal to keep up with the dancing on Chicago. I commend her. @Gisella – hope you never make a mistake life. Stop being so judgmental.

Isabelle on

Am I missing info? The nutritionist at the end is stating : She consumes a lots of veggies, lean protein, whole grains …
Where are the whole grains in there? Or the oats she mentions?

laurenroseburke on

Where are the oats? And there is no way that is 1800 calories. No way.

Jenny on

It would likely be easy for us to eat that way also if we were able to order it in for every meal, or have someone prepare it. For the rest of us “normal” people…..not quite so easy……lots of prep, but not impossible. Mine is more along the lines of sliced turkey and a salad from home. Kind of boring, but effective Monday – Friday!

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Ciekawy artykuł ale nie wiem czy do końca własnie tak jest jak uważa autor.

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