Gwyneth Paltrow’s Secret To Happiness

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Gwyneth Paltrow is always happiest by, or in the sea, she says. Looking good in a bikini helps too. 

To celebrate her newest role as a well-being advisor for the cruise ship, Celebrity Beyond, the 48-year-old Oscar-winning actress released a photograph of herself at the beach on Instagram. 

Looking stunning in swimwear, there is no sign of the fourteen pounds she says she gained during lockdown. “I was absolutely no holds barred. I gained 14lbs and my gut was a mess.

“But I just didn’t want to do anything about it, really. I felt like my wine and my pasta and biscuits and crackers and cheese were getting me through.”

Paltrow spent much of the quarantine period at her property in the Hamptons, on the US East Coast, with her second husband, the producer Brad Falchuck and her children Apple, 17, and Moses, 15, from her first marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Nine weeks ago, however, with lockdown over, she went back to the healthy lifestyle rebalance which she has always promoted through her four aspirational best-selling cookbooks, like The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal and It’s All Good.

Paltrow has long been a champion of the healthy lifestyle. She started Goop, her lifestyle website, as a weekly newsletter, with food, travel and wellness tips. It is now a company worth an estimated $250 million, and the partnership with Celebrity Cruises makes sense.

“I’ll be behind the scenes, working on some special projects, as Celebrity’s new Well-being Advisor,” Paltrow explains.  “My team @goop is curating programming and fitness kits to add to Celebrity’s wellness experience. I’m sworn to secrecy on the rest—keep an eye out for the details coming soon.”

Doubtless, she’ll be sharing a few recipes like the one below for her Teriyaki Chicken Bowl from The Clean Plate.

Paltrow’s career as a food writer has long since passed the time when it might be an actress’s part-time vanity project.  Her focus on health, food quality and recipes to make people feel good about themselves has earned her recognition in food circles.

“Everyone’s toolbox for optimal wellness looks different,” she says. “For me, the most powerful reset button is food. I don’t know any magic bullet, but eating clean comes close.”  

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Chicken Teriyaki Bowl
Gwyneth Paltrow’s chicken teriyaki bowl via Good Morning America

Ingredients: 

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • Olive oil, for brushing the grill pan

For the bowl: Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped kimchi
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • Pickled cucumbers
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Coconut aminos sauce

Combine the chicken thighs, garlic, ginger, salt and coconut aminos in a small bowl and marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes. Heat a grill pan and brush with a little olive oil, add the chicken, and cook until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for at least five minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower rice, then stir in the toasted sesame oil and scallion. Divide into two bowls and top each with half the romaine, kimchi, carrot and cucumber pickles. Chop the grilled chicken and season with salt, if needed. Divide the chicken between the bowls and garnish each with cilantro leaves and sesame seeds.

Feature image Gwyneth Paltrow. Courtesy of Merz Aesthetics

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