Despite portraying a seasoned police detective on “Law & Order: SVU,” Mariska Hargitay hasn’t let the gory details of her TV job leave her cynical and jaded. She’s also the founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, which works to help victims of sexual abuse recover and regain their lives. Mariska Hargitay relies on a wholesome diet and regular exercise to give her the energy she needs to work, volunteer, and mother her young son, August.
After giving birth to August, Mariska put together a plan to lose the extra 54 lbs. she’d gained. However, she wasn’t about to subject her body to a starvation diet. Mariska also refuses to obsess over her weight or count every pound. Scales aren’t even allowed in her home. Instead, Mariska Hargitay focused on gradual weight loss with a healthy diet.
Mariska Hargitay hasn’t shared her favorite breakfast, but she loves fresh, organic fruits. We’d recommend a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal topped with blueberries and strawberries. For lunch, she might make a large salad filled with dark, leafy green veggies. Mariska adds a shot of liquid amino acids made from soybeans to her salad dressing in order to boost her protein intake.
For snacks, Mariska believes in eating green. She frequently enjoys a homemade juice made from kale, spinach, cucumber, green apple, and celery. She also adds a dash of lemon juice and ginger to flavor the healthy concoction. Other favorite snacks include an apple spread lightly with almond butter, a pear with truffle cheese, edamame, or multigrain tortilla chips.
Mariska Hargitay includes lean proteins and greens with her dinners. A typical dinner might feature roasted salmon with broccoli rabe and quinoa. She also enjoys roasted lamb with rosemary and pan roasted asparagus in miso butter. Mariska is clearly a big fan of veggies, and she’s got the slim figure to prove it. However, we would recommend that she include more protein in her diet by topping her salads with grilled chicken.
Because she had her baby via Cesarean section, Mariska Hargitay waited six weeks to begin her workout program. Once she started exercising, Mariska worked out for 55 minutes, three days per week. Much of her workout focused on strength training with push-ups, lunges, and ab exercises. Mariska also enjoys swimming and walking around NYC. Occasionally, she’ll run on the treadmill, but she finds it boring unless she plays music.
Mariska Hargitay Sample Daily Diet Plan
- Breakfast: Fruit
- Snack: Tortilla chips
- Lunch: Big salad
- Snack: Juiced veggies & fruits
- Dinner: Salmon & broccoli rabe & quinoa