Anna Kendrick is a superstar actress and singer, known for her roles in Up In the Air and Pitch Perfect. But in addition to her acting and singing skills, Kendrick is known for her humorous and relatable tweets, which are usually about food. Kendrick is constantly talking about her favorite foods which are "carbs and dairy," and sweets.
Kendrick has an uncomplicated and balanced diet — an approach she takes with the rest of her life too. She loves her Taco Bell and her desserts, but she also tries to eat plenty of vegetables and whole foods to stay healthy. And though she occasionally avoids alcohol and dairy for the sake of her singing voice, she doesn’t cut any foods out of her diet completely — she tried that before when she was a vegan and wasn’t able to sustain it (via the Los Angeles Times).
In addition to eating healthier, Kendrick loves many different ways to work out. She told Shape she particularly loves hiking because of the mental clarity it gives her. If you want to know how the actress stays in such great shape, keep reading: this is what Anna Kendrick really eats in a day.
Anna Kendrick needs breakfast almost immediately after waking up
For Anna Kendrick, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. The actress told Shape she needs her morning meal almost immediately every single day so she doesn’t succumb to her hanger. "If I don’t eat within five minutes of waking up, I will tear your face off," Kendrick quipped. "Honestly, [breakfast is] the reason I get out of bed."
Kendrick also explained that she eats the exact same thing for breakfast every morning: a vegan Pure Organic Ancient Grain peanut butter bar. But according to Kendrick, Pure Organic discontinued its peanut butter snack bar and now she doesn’t know what she’ll do for her breakfast. "I have a stockpile of [the peanut butter bars], and it’s dwindling," she continued. "I know it isn’t the end of the world, but this bar has been such a part of my daily routine for so long that I’m feeling very unmoored."
Anna Kendrick drinks ginger every day
Specifically, Kendrick explained that she keeps wellness shots made with ginger, cayenne, and lemon stocked in her fridge at all times. The actress loves her wellness shots so much that she always finds a way to have them, even if she’s out of town. "If I’m traveling and I can’t have ginger, I’ll feel sick," she continued.
Kendrick also recalled how she lived in Germany for three months, and while she was there she couldn’t find a fresh-pressed juice bar anywhere. So instead of forfeiting her ginger juice for the time being, she bought her own juicer and made her own wellness shots. "I was positive it was the only thing keeping me alive," she added.
Anna Kendrick is trying to eat healthier by eating more vegetables
Anna Kendrick has undergone a stunning transformation. When she was approaching her 30th birthday, the actress opened up about the fact she was trying to eat healthier every day. On an episode of The Ellen Show, Kendrick explained that since she turned 29 she’d "been trying to be more healthy, and ugh, it’s the worst." Kendrick said she was trying to work out more and "eat some vegetables," and despite hating the effort it takes, she loved the results. "It’s awful," Kendrick continued. "The worst part is I feel so much better… I feel like, ‘Oh, this is how healthy people feel.’"
Kendrick also confessed that she was honestly hoping she’d feel the same after changing her diet just so she didn’t have to keep putting in the work. "I was really hoping I would just do it as an experiment," she added. "And I would feel exactly the same, and I could go back to eating Taco Bell whenever I wanted." But Kendrick soon realized she had more energy and felt better overall once she started eating more vegetables and less fast food.
Anna Kendrick sometimes abstains from alcohol, but she doesn’t mind
Anna Kendrick told the Los Angeles Times that there are certain foods she sometimes avoids to preserve her pipes, one of them being alcohol. The singer said while filming The Last Five Years, a musical where Kendrick starred as a struggling actress, she gave up alcohol for "the sake of her singing voice." However, she didn’t mind. In fact, Kendrick said it was easy to give up alcohol.
But Kendrick doesn’t always abstain from alcohol. Though she doesn’t "know a ton" about cocktails, she does enjoy them and has started making her own at home. Kendrick told Bon Appétit she uses the Highball app to find easy cocktails to make herself; that’s where she discovered a recipe for a Quarter Horse, made with bourbon, lime, simple syrup, ginger beer, and bitters. "It’s like half Moscow Mule, half Old Fashioned," Kendrick described. "It will get you tipsy quickly but never give you a hangover. It’s the dream. I’m living the dream!"
Anna Kendrick loves to bake
As is evidenced by her Instagram, a favorite hobby of Anna Kendrick’s is baking. Kendrick is known to have a sweet tooth, and loves sharing pictures of her baked creations with her followers, especially around the holidays.
Kendrick has shared photos of her baking from start to finish, but she especially loves sharing the end results with her followers. For example, she’s posted photos of elaborately decorated Christmas trees, snowflakes, and gingerbread men, topped with colorful icing, sugary sprinkles, and even faux pearls. And it’s clear from the snaps that Kendrick enjoys her time baking with friends.
Kendrick explained to Shape that she enjoys baking because it can be challenging. "There was a period when I baked a lot," she revealed. "I would find the trickiest recipe I could because I’ve got this complex: Whenever there’s a challenge and the suggestion that maybe I can’t do it, I’m like, Oh, yeah? Watch this." Even if that meant spending hours upon hours working on a project, Kendrick wasn’t deterred. And ironically enough, she said the only time she lost her immense craving for sweets was when she was baking all the time.
Anna Kendrick believes "everything in moderation"
Anna Kendrick has found that balance is the key to her success, and that includes her diet and exercise routine. Kendrick told Shape that whenever she cut certain foods out of her diet completely or strictly restricted certain things, it "backfired," and she would end up binging after making herself miserable. "’Everything in moderation’ is such a cliché, I know, but it’s true," Kendrick shared. "The times in my life when I tried to restrict the foods I love always backfired, and I ended up feeling miserable." Instead, Kendrick is all about "being present" in her body, and not totally depriving herself.
Now, Kendrick sticks to a balanced diet, and isn’t too hard on herself for her food choices. She loves sweets and carbs, but balances it out with nutritious fruits and vegetables. It’s this balance that works for her, and helps keep her diet consistent and overall healthy.
One of Anna Kendrick’s favorite snacks is peanut butter
Anna Kendrick is known for her hilarious and relatable tweets about food and exercise, and from her social media accounts fans know one of her favorite foods is peanut butter. Kendrick loves peanut butter snacks so much, she starts every morning with a peanut butter granola bar.
Kendrick famously tweeted "peanut butter on Triscuits and I’m not even stoned" in 2014, and received over 10,000 likes and 2,000 retweets. Fans clearly related, and also loved the classic and delicious snack pairing. Kendrick has also shared a photo of a peanut butter pie she made, but was too impatient to let it cool before diving in on Instagram. Furthermore, she’s tweeted about the ultimate snack for peanut butter lovers: Reese’s peanut butter cups. "Finishing a Reese’s cup and realizing you still have one left is like realizing it’s Friday when you thought it was Wednesday," Kendrick said, adding a "#score."
Anna Kendrick sometimes avoids dairy for the sake of her singing voice
For the sake of her singing voice, Anna Kendrick also temporarily gives up dairy when she lands roles that require her to sing. She told the Los Angeles Times that even though she gives up dairy semi-frequently when she has to, it never gets any easier. "Dairy is in everything, so trying to avoid it is maddening," she explained. "Even Brussels sprouts are cooked in butter. I never thought about the plight of the lactose intolerant before that."
Fortunately, Kendrick has found some delicious dairy-free recipes to keep her satisfied during her dairy-free periods, but giving up dairy still isn’t enjoyable for Kendrick. That’s because many of her favorite foods, including ice cream and panna cotta, are made with dairy. Additionally, when Bon Appétit asked Kendrick to create a three-course "tasting menu" of fast food, Kendrick selected a cheesy Gordita crunch from Taco Bell, a breakfast sandwich from Jack in the Box, and a Wendy’s frosty — dairy for appetizer, dinner, and dessert.
Anna Kendrick was a vegan for nearly two years
Given her affinity for baked goods and dairy products, this may be hard to believe, but Anna Kendrick was once a vegan. Specifically, Kendrick told Shape she was a vegan for a significant period of time, but eventually she just couldn’t keep it up. "I was vegan for a year, or maybe even two, and it was the best I’ve ever felt," Kendrick recalled. "Then I just fell off the wagon super hard. I was like, Well, maybe I can just do vegan most days. But no. It was the classic slippery-slope situation for Anna." To that end, Kendrick now frequently enjoys foods full of dairy.
Kendrick still enjoys vegan and vegetarian cuisine from time to time. In fact, she told Epicurious she’s still amazed by delicious vegetarian food. "It’s a rare and beautiful thing to me when a vegetarian meal makes me feel like I’ve had a full, amazing meal," she said.
Anna Kendrick’s favorite food is macaroni and cheese
Since ending her vegan diet, Anna Kendrick has been enjoying all her favorite foods again, which according to Kendrick includes this classic. "My favorite food is macaroni and cheese," she revealed to Shape. "Carbs and dairy — that’s the kind of life I’m all about."
Kendrick can’t get enough of the creamy, cheesy goodness. She told InStyle that after a red carpet event, her favorite way to end the night is with a big bowl of cheesy pasta. "I like to get into a bathrobe and eat macaroni and cheese with my diamonds and makeup still on, so I feel like the swankiest cheese ball ever," she quipped.
Kendrick also told Epicurious she loves mac and cheese so much, she wanted to sing and ode about it in Pitch Perfect 2. "It would be a song about making everything from homemade macaroni and cheese with bacon and lobster to just your average Easy Mac," she explained. "I live for macaroni and cheese."
Kraft appreciates Kendrick’s love for macaroni so much, they sent her a solid gold macaroni noodle necklace. "Hands down the best swag I’ve ever gotten," Kendrick remarked on Instagram.
Anna Kendrick loves Oreos
Another one of Anna Kendrick’s favorite snacks is Oreos, but only if they’re Double Stuf. Luckily for Kendrick, the sweet and delicious cookies are vegan (via Delish), so she never had to give them up. Additionally, Kendrick is such a passionate fan of Double Stuf Oreos that she says she would prefer a triple option. "Why are we so excited about Oreo thins? I’m still waiting on triple-stuffed," she tweeted.
Just five years after tweeting about her longing for a triple-stuffed Oreo, Kendrick got to work with Oreo in conjunction with her role in Trolls World Tour, as noted by Us Weekly. Oreo released a song from Trolls World Tour on their website that fans could only access by scanning an Oreo cookie. Furthermore, Oreo even released two limited edition Oreos for the Trolls World Tour premiere, and one was inspired by Kendrick’s character, Poppy. The cookies inspired by Poppy are golden Oreos with a hot pink glitter creme filling, and featured designs inspired by Kendrick’s character.
Anna Kendrick loves dessert, especially ice cream
Anna Kendrick loves all dessert, and she’s known for posting about that fact on social media. The sugar aficionado regularly tweets about her love for cake, ice cream, cookies, and more — because who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? "Serious question: how much are wedding cakes?" she asked followers in a tweet. "And how weird would it be if I wanted to buy one just to eat? By myself?"
Though Kendrick is a fan of sweet confections, she’s especially passionate about ice cream. She loves a good "beer and ice cream dinner" (because she’s had a long day), and she’s known to order more than one ice cream for delivery. "Dear Postmates delivery man: Two spoons? It’s cute how you thought both these ice creams were NOT for me," she joked in another tweet.