One of Trisha Yearwood’s biggest hits, “How Do I Live,” was featured in the movie “Con Air,” but there’s nothing criminal about her success. This country music superstar has managed to combine her music career with her passion for cooking by launching her own cooking show and publishing multiple cookbooks. She’s also been frequently criticized in the press for her struggles with her weight. As Curtis Sittenfeld points out, rather than become a spokesperson for a diet program, Trisha ignored the criticism and published a cookbook that features butter as a main food group.
Growing up as a Yearwood meant that Trisha was constantly surrounded by home cooking. Trisha learned to associate food with social gatherings at a young age. Her parents were avid Southern cooks. It’s reasonable to assume that a person growing up in a family that places such a high value on food may later use food as an emotional crutch. If Trisha swapped out some of her favorite fattening ingredients for healthier substitutes, she could still enjoy her favorite Southern recipes while maintaining a healthy weight.
Much like Southern chef Paula Deen, Trisha Yearwood seems to have an affinity for butter and bacon. Her recipes often call for an appalling amount of butter and she often enjoys ruining an otherwise healthy salad by adding bacon. One of Trisha’s favorite breakfasts was devised by her husband, Garth Brooks. He makes breakfast bowls that involve cheese, eggs, hash browns, cheese tortellini, and a pound each of bacon and pork sausage (divided into 4 bowls). On average, there are over 2,000 calories in 1 lb. of bacon, which means that each breakfast eater would get over 500 calories just from the bacon in this meal.
Unlike Paula Deen; however, Trisha Yearwood’s recipe collection isn’t completely stuffed full of butter. She does have some healthier fare in there. For lunch, Trisha might eat a minty green salad with olives, paired with a chicken tortilla soup. If you try her minty salad recipe, we’d recommend not using an entire quarter cup of olive oil, however.
If Trisha feels like experimenting with new recipes for dinner, she might work on perfecting her new lasagna recipe, which features large chunks of sausage, ground beef, and pepperoni. No doubt, it also features plenty of cheese one of Trisha’s favorite foods. For dessert, Trisha might make a German chocolate cake or gooey cookies.
While this diet sounds like a disaster, it can be saved with some food substitutions. Trisha has already been working on switching to more plant-based foods to improve her health. One night per week, her family has a “veggie” night during which they load up on their favorite veggies. Trisha and Garth have also been spotted experimenting with low-fat vegan food. To keep up this healthier trend, Trisha could make her lasagna healthier by using turkey pepperoni instead of pork and vegan “sausage” paired with seitan, nonfat cheese, and lots of veggies. It’s a little harder to salvage the calorie bomb that they call a breakfast bowl, but using soy bacon would be a good start.
Trisha Yearwood has also begun exercising. She has completed the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure at least twice. Trisha also began jogging, finishing her first 5k race recently. It remains to be seen if she plans to work out on a regular basis, however.
Trisha Yearwood Sample Daily Diet Plan
- Breakfast: Bacon breakfast bowl
- Lunch: Salad & chicken tortilla soup
- Dinner: Lasagna
- Snack: German chocolate cake