Lizzo Shared Why She's Experimenting with a Raw Vegan Diet
From her go-to vegan meal-delivery services to her favorite way to prepare jackfruit, the singer has been sharing all the deets on her vegan diet.
For the past few months, Lizzo has been posting some seriously tasty-looking vegan dishes on social media. From spicy “chicken” sandwiches to yummy dessert smoothies, the singer clearly knows how to get creative in the kitchen.
Back in July, Lizzo took to her Instagram Stories to share that, since starting her vegan diet, she’s found herself eating a lot of meat substitutes, such as tempeh, Beyond Meat, and, one of her more recent faves, jackfruit. (Related: Here’s What You Really Need to Know About the Faux Meat Burger Trend, According to Dietitians)
ICYDK, jackfruit is a huge fruit (in the same family as figs) that grows on trees and is popular in the vegan world for both its texture, which is similar to pulled pork, and its relatively plain taste, which lends itself to whatever flavors you use for seasoning — something Lizzo proved in a recent TikTok video.
In the video, Lizzo shows her go-to method for preparing jackfruit. First, she boils the jackfruit (with the skin) in water for about 45 minutes. After draining the water, she uses a fork to tear apart the jackfruit's "succulent meat" — which, by this point, should look a lot like shredded chicken or pulled pork — and separate it from the fruit's skin.
For seasoning, she uses Millhouse Everything Bagel Seasoning (Buy It, $10, amazon.com), Napa Valley Naturals Organic White Wine Vinegar (Buy It, $12, amazon.com), avocado oil, and pickle juice. Simply mix the boiled, skinless jackfruit pieces with the spices, and voilà! You have a delicious meat alternative to use in tacos, sandwiches — whatever your vegan heart desires.
If you want to explore jackfruit's sweeter side, Lizzo has a tip for that, too. In her video, she sets aside a few jackfruit pieces that, instead of boiling, she places into a jar filled with a "simple syrup" mixture of sugar and hot water — perfect to enjoy on its own or with a cocktail, shared Lizzo. (Here are more jackfruit recipes to try during your next vegan meal.)
Lizzo has also recently been exploring raw veganism. Refresher: A raw food diet is more or less exactly what it sounds like. You stick to mostly organic, uncooked, and unprocessed foods, including lots of vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, and grains. While some followers of the raw food diet also eat raw fish, eggs, meat, and unpasteurized dairy, Lizzo seems to be sticking to raw veganism, specifically — meaning she doesn’t eat any zero animal by-products.
“Being raw has a lot of internal benefits,” Lizzo said in her Instagram Stories, noting that nutrition is too often focused on “exterior” details (read: how a certain diet will make you look). “Those [internal benefits] are the ones that are important to me,” she continued. “[Being raw] boosts your immune system [and] it gives your digestive system a break. And it just boosts your energy.” She’s right, BTW: A diet high in fruits and vegetables can be great for digestion and lower blood pressure, not to mention it can help lower your risk of stomach cancer and stroke, and halt the progression of kidney disease. (Related: Following a Dairy-Free, Raw Vegan Diet Finally Helped My Horrible Acne)
To keep her raw vegan meals interesting and fresh (pun intended), Lizzo said she’s been ordering food from vegan meal-delivery services. “I ordered these raw meals from Rawvolution,” she said in her Instagram Stories.
Rawvolution delivers healthy, fully-prepared vegan meals nationwide. Its signature offering is the Raw Box, which includes two fresh-pressed juices, four entrees, four sides, and two desserts for $120 (plus delivery fee). The menu changes every week, with delicious-sounding meals like French carrot salad, cheesy broccoli, pesto pasta, cinnamon raisin balls, and more.
In Lizzo’s Instagram Story, the singer can be seen eating a reddish-looking salad from Rawvolution. “This is an apple beet salad, and it has that vinegar taste, [it’s] not just sweet,” she shared. “It’s so good and crunchy, and it’s a lot!”
Lizzo also shouted out Vegan Questt, a new grocery delivery service based in Los Angeles. The service is meant to help folks make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle in a seamless, fun, and affordable way.
“If you want to start implementing more plant-based food into your diet, and you don’t know where to start, go check [Vegan Questt] out,” said Lizzo. “[They] will literally shop for you, and it’s a great way to get into the [vegan] game.”
ICYMI, Lizzo also shared a breakdown of what she eats in a day in a recent TikTok video. "Disclaimer: This is not every day, but this was a pretty average one," she explained in the video before sharing a few examples of her breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert with her followers.
In the morning, Lizzo said she usually whips up a green smoothie made with kale or spinach, frozen fruit, and coconut water — a nice protein-packed, hydrating way to start the day. For lunch, one of her go-to's is a colorful salad made with kale, red cabbage, broccoli, seasoned avocado, white onions, and carrots. (BTW, this is why you should paint your diet with every color and "eat the rainbow.")
Next up: snack time. Before going vegan, Lizzo said her daily snack was Flamin' Hot Cheetos (classic). But she had to give them up because they weren't good for her acid reflux, she said in her TikTok (#same). Instead, the singer said she's switched to Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs, a vegan- and paleo-friendly snack that delivers that cheesy flavor without, well, the cheese. "I dip them in hummus, and badda-boom badda-snack!" Lizzo said in her video. (Related: High-Protein Vegan Snacks That Make Whey-Free Life Way Easier)
For dinner, Lizzo opted for Shroomeats Mushroom Balls, which are meatless "meatballs" made with shiitake mushrooms (great for boosting immunity), soybean flour, soybean oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. The singer topped the mushroom balls with a truffle-chickpeas mixture and a side of quinoa — packing in lots of fiber and protein, which help you feel fuller longer — plus a little leftover salad from lunch.
Finally, for dessert, Lizzo made a peanut butter and jelly smoothie by blending together peanut butter, frozen strawberries, oats, oat milk, vanilla protein powder, and, of course, "love from Jesus," she joked in the video, adding that she felt "very lit and full" by the end of the day. (Related: I Followed a Vegan Diet for a Week and Discovered a New Appreciation for These Foods)
While it seems like Lizzo's figured out her main meals and snacks, she's had a little more trouble finding satisfying hangover-food alternatives, she said in another TikTok video. Her go-to after a night out used to be cheesy eggs, but after some experimenting, she's found a vegan alternative. Now, she creates a vegan breakfast scramble using Just Egg (an egg alternative) whipped together with beans, corn, spinach, and vegan pepper jack cheese, and lightly seasoned with garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. (Related: Hangover Cures That Really Work and the Ones That Don't)
If you're on the lookout for more satisfying vegan breakfast ideas, Lizzo also shared an insider tip on how to make vegan bacon taste more bacon-y. "I like to cook it in maple syrup so it gets nice and crunchy and candied," she said in a TikTok video. (Related: The Plant-Based Vegan Bacon You'll Want to Eat with All the Things)
Turns out, this isn't the first time Lizzo has dabbled in veganism. In a 2017 interview with NastyGal, the singer revealed that she was previously vegetarian for seven years and vegan for one year. She said that she was inspired to make the switch while living in Minneapolis because of the impressive vegan and vegetarian scene in the city. "Minneapolis has really, really real good vegetarian and vegan food options," she shared with the outlet. "I really discovered my vegetarianism and my veganism there. I found places that were really creative with how they made vegan food and it wasn't just fluff, just tofu, just seitan. It was like, finding ways to make vegetable-based proteins." (Here's everything you need to know about the differences between a vegan vs. vegetarian diet.)
Feeling inspired by Lizzo's drool-worthy vegan creations? Remember to start slow before completely revamping your diet, especially if veganism is new to you, so you don't get overwhelmed or discouraged by too many sudden changes. "For someone just starting out with eating more plants, I suggest setting small goals," Julie Andrews, R.D.N., C.D., a dietitian and chef who owns The Gourmet RD, previously told Shape. "[Try] cooking with one new vegetable each week or aiming for three-quarters of your plate to be made up of plant foods like veggies, fruits, grains, [and] beans."