Here's What Kate Hudson Really Eats in a Day

AKA what it takes to get those abs.

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Kate Hudson is basically the human incarnation of a double rainbow—sure, she's stunning, but there's also this perpetual cheeriness about her, like she'd be the one person who could make you change out of your Pajama jeans and do the nae nae across your living room, no matter how depressed you're feeling. 

You might see her and think, I'll have whatever she's having, if it makes me look and feel like that. Apparently, it's a fairly common sensation, too, since she just released a book—Pretty Happy (opens in new tab), out now—showing you how to live la vida Hudson. 

Here are some of her secrets.

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She's Not into Breakfast—At All.

As much as people harp about that a.m. meal being the most important one of the day, it's the hardest one for Hudson to down. "I'm not one of those people who wakes up hungry," she told Self. "...I realize that when I do [have breakfast], I eat less during the day or late at night."

Most mornings, she wakes up to a cup of coffee and a green juice. After a workout—which varies from cycling and running to pilates or a Tracy Anderson routine—she'll down a protein shake.

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Her Diet's Part "Chemistry Experiment."

Hudson's into a high-alkaline diet, which means she tries to avoid super-acidic foods and that 60% to 80% percent of her calories come from tofu, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

"Our bodies are one large chemistry experiment," she told People (opens in new tab). This diet means she avoids meat, dairy, and gluten for the most part (opens in new tab), and limits her sugar intake. 

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She's Not 100 Percent Committed to Clean Eating.

After her post-workout protein shake, Hudson typically has a salad for lunch and a late-afternoon snack before dinner. She focuses on having five small meals per day, she says in the March 2016 issue of Self, preferring plant-based dishes. "I don't remember the last time I had a steak," Hudson admits.

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That doesn't mean she sticks to that diet all of the time, though. "If I want to go out and eat at a restaurant with amazing food, I'll do that, like, once a week where I'm not thinking about it," she says. "I want to indulge! I want to do things that are not healthy sometimes."

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Two of her guilty pleasures? Hawaiian pizza (opens in new tab) and Annie's gluten-free Macaroni and Cheese (opens in new tab).

She Really, Really Loves Coffee.

One glance at Hudson's Instagram (opens in new tab) feed, and you'll see a common food theme: Coffee, coffee, coffee. It's how she starts the day—and sometimes how she powers through a mid-afternoon slump.

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It helps pump her up before an interview on Live with Kelly and Michael:

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And belt out the national anthem at 7:30 a.m.:

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Hudson's coffee routine may be the easiest habit to emulate.

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CANDACE BRAUN DAVISON
CANDACE BRAUN DAVISON

Candace Braun Davison writes, edits, and produces lifestyle content that ranges from celebrity features to roll-up-your-sleeves DIYs, all while relentlessly pursuing the noblest of causes: the quest for the world's best chocolate chip cookie.