What to Eat If You Want to Eat Like Lupita Nyong’o: The Queen of Wakanda

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Lupita Nyong’o is one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. From winning an Oscar for her supporting role in “12 Years a Slave,” to her other major roles in box office-breaking successes like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Black Panther,” Lupita is an inspiration for her grace and humility. Also, the woman has a killer, holistic diet that you can definitely take note from. I did some research and here are some of Lupita’s diet staples.



One of Lupita’s favorite meals, pilau, originates from India, but is a popular dish in Kenya. It’s a rice dish packed with spices like cinnamon and cumin, but also broth and goat meat, so it’s definitely a balanced, hearty dish to dig into after a long day of filming on set.

Pineapple Juice

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A tropical and refreshing drink, Lupita loves to sip on pineapple juice. It’s packed with manganese and vitamin C. It’s perfect if you’re feeling low on energy and need a quick boost. Just make sure you don’t overdo it with the juicing so your blood sugar doesn’t spike too high.



An African staple, plantains are like bananas, but tastier and more versatile. They’re a complex carbohydrate that can be incorporated into both savory and sweet dishes. Lupita’s breakfast consist of plantains, sweet potatoes, and blueberries.

Fish Curry

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Lupita is a fan of super flavorful, aromatic foods, so of course curry is her dinner party meal of choice—more specifically, fish curry cooked with coconut milk and cilantro. She “like[s] the whole fish” so surely she must be a pro at deboning one.



Whenever she’s feeling peckish or needs a quick, on-the-go snack, Lupita reaches for cashews. High in protein and packed with loads of healthy fats, cashews are an ideal snack for such a busy woman. Plus, you can add whatever seasoning your heart desires, like curry or cinnamon sugar.

Lemongrass Tea


To unwind from a long day of being an A-list actress and just all around amazing human being, Lupita reaches for lemongrass tea. With a subtle lemon and minty flavor, make yourself a cup to wake your body up in the morning or mid-afternoon to de-stress.

Salt and Vinegar Chips

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The next time you’re hosting a party, freak out because you forgot to go grocery shopping, and hurriedly put out a bag of chips, just know that Lupita is giving you a thumbs-up. One of her favorite snacks to serve are salt & vinegar chips, which are, in my opinion, the superior flavor.



Lupita might be a queen, but all queens are human beings—she has a sweet tooth. Her go-to dessert is sorbet, which is a dessert that I approve of. This frozen, fruity treat is perfect to beat the summertime heat, and with the addition of some liquid encouragement, can make for a fun time, too.

Lupita Nyong’o is not only an example for her brilliance and vivacious energy. She’s an example because her diet emphasizes natural foods and a balanced, holistic mindset, and we can all take a few tips from her.

Article originally published by Spoon University



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