The cast of Riverdale are a pretty cool bunch. Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, has spoken candidly about her experience with mental health, while Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge, is vocal about her past body image issues.
Madelaine Petsch, the fiery, sharp-witted Cheryl Blossom, is super open about her life to spread positive messages about love and nutrition. The actress, a vegan, recently revealed to People Health what she eats in a day to encourage more plant-based eating, and here's how you can eat like Ms. Blossom herself.
Her day starts just like any of ours do: the first thing she does when she gets up is reach for her coffee. Petsch is only human, after all: the girl's gotta have her caffeine. To make her morning cup of Joe a little healthier, she says that she uses almond milk as a natural, no added-sugar sweetener. Bonus points if you make your own almond milk so that you know exactly what you're drinking every morning.
Once she's woken up and is ready to face the world, she turns to something super yummy and filling (not to mention healthy, of course). Because breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, Petsch is sure to fuel up with all the essential food groups - carbs, proteins, and fats - with some overnight oats.
Overnight oats are filling and super easy to meal prep for on-the-go, busy days. Petsch says she loves topping her oats with chia seeds, cacao nibs and raspberries for some Omega 3s and antioxidants.
To tide her over until lunch, the actress snacks on apple slices with almond butter. Almond butter is not only delicious, but it's also high in nutrients, vitamins and healthy fats, making this snack the perfect combination to satisfy your sweet tooth and hunger.
Because Petsch is vegan, she loads up on the greens and grains for lunch, preferring a large salad for sustainable, unprocessed energy. She takes two cups of spinach as the base for her salad, and tops it with walnuts, chickpeas and cranberries for texture. Then, it's tossed together with vegan green-goddess dressing for flavor. Made with avocados, herbs and apple cider vinegar.
Going through the day, the afternoon slump hits her the worst. When she's feeling peckish, Petsch munches on NuGo's Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter protein bar. NuGo is not like other protein bars, as it's vegan and gluten-free, and with flavors like dark chocolate pretzel and vanilla yogurt, you're bound to find one that you'll have to stock up on.
Dinner gets a little unorthodox, but that isn't to say it's not tasty. Petsch's dinner consists of broccoli "steak", which is essentially broccoli heads tossed in oil, paprika, salt and pepper, then baked. Topped with Daiya (vegan) cheese, black beans and brown rice, this filling, satisfying meal is like a copycat of a Chipotle burrito bowl (without the meat), so you won't even have to force yourself to eat broccoli for its health benefits.
Finally, to end the day on a sweet tooth, the actress says she has ice cream, and I don't mean that processed, dairy stuff you buy at the grocery store. She makes her own, using one simple ingredient: frozen bananas. All you have to do is freeze a ripened banana, throw it into a food processor, and blend it until it's a super creamy consistency.
Feel free to add chocolate chips or peanut butter to spice things up.
The most important aspect to Petsch's diet is hydration. To that end, she drinks 11 to 13 500-ml bottles a day for clear skin and flushing out toxins. It may sound like a lot, but it can be achieved.
Petsch's diet overall, though vegan, is not super extravagant or difficult to follow. In fact, it's pretty straightforward. Packed with tons of non-processed, natural ingredients, Petsch's diet is one that we can all take a tip or two from—like, maybe try to integrate more veggies, whole grains and water into our lives.