The Diet That Beyonc¨¦ Credits With Helping ‘Get the Weight Off Fast’

One look at Beyonc¨¦’s Met Gala appearance over the Summer and it’s clear ¡ª?the singer’s diet is working. Beyonc¨¦ recently appeared on Good Morning America to discuss just how much she loves being a vegan (and to talk about her 22-day vegan meal delivery service as well). In a video on the morning show, Beyonc¨¦ admits that she “is not naturally the thinnest woman, and I have struggled since a young age with diets. And finding something that actually works for me and actually keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.”

Beyonc¨¦ and husband Jay Z first tried a sustained vegan diet in December 2013, when they completed a 22-day vegan challenge. They’ve done the challenge since then, and today Beyonc¨¦ credited it as the only way she’s been able to drop pounds in a sustainable way. “[I] got the weight off fast, and the weight stayed off,” she told the morning show. Other benefits? “I felt like my skin was really firm, a lot tight[er] than when I deprived myself of food,” she said.

Beyonc¨¦’s new business venture with longtime trainer Max Borges is a vegan meal delivery service, but you don’t have to drop $9 to $15 per meal to reap the benefits of a vegan diet. Try one of our 22 vegan dinners to help you eat fresher, whole foods, one dinner at a time.

Related: Beyonc¨¦’s Showstopping Secrets to Staying Fit and Fierce

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The Diet That Beyonc¨¦ Credits With Helping ‘Get the Weight Off Fast’

One look at Beyonc¨¦’s Met Gala appearance over the Summer and it’s clear ¡ª?the singer’s diet is working. Beyonc¨¦ recently appeared on Good Morning America to discuss just how much she loves being a vegan (and to talk about her 22-day vegan meal delivery service as well). In a video on the morning show| Beyonc¨¦ admits that she “is not naturally the thinnest woman| and I have struggled since a young age with diets. And finding something that actually works for me and actually keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.”

Beyonc¨¦ and husband Jay Z first tried a sustained vegan diet in December 2013| when they completed a 22-day vegan challenge. They’ve done the challenge since then| and today Beyonc¨¦ credited it as the only way she’s been able to drop pounds in a sustainable way. “[I] got the weight off fast| and the weight stayed off|” she told the morning show. Other benefits? “I felt like my skin was really firm| a lot tight[er] than when I deprived myself of food|” she said.

Beyonc¨¦’s new business venture with longtime trainer Max Borges is a vegan meal delivery service| but you don’t have to drop $9 to $15 per meal to reap the benefits of a vegan diet. Try one of our 22 vegan dinners to help you eat fresher| whole foods| one dinner at a time.

Related: Beyonc¨¦’s Showstopping Secrets to Staying Fit and Fierce

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The Vegan Taco Recipe Beyonc¨¦ Adores

When the weather heats up, I tend to crave more and more plant-based recipes. And ever since Beyonc¨¦ adopted a vegan diet, I could not wait to get my hands on her favorite dishes. In the forward of The 22-Day Revolution ($28) by Beyonc¨¦’s chef Marco Borges, Bey not only explains how she was able to sustain this big shift in her diet but also specifically calls out this recipe: “I couldn’t believe how much of our health we can control with food. And that I could still love food but this time it would love me back (like the walnut tacos you’ll find in here, oh my!).” With the Beyonc¨¦ seal of approval, I decided to try them out for myself ¡ª and I’m so glad I did. I’ve played around with a number of vegan taco meat iterations, but this walnut-based version is a clear winner.

Beyond their spiced, smoky, and surprisingly meaty flavor, the combination of walnuts and avocado makes this a Mexican-inspired dish packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that have also recently been linked to burning away belly fat. I enjoyed two tacos for a complete meal, but if you’re concerned about keeping calorie counts in check, grab one taco and enjoy a salad on the side.

Raw Walnut Tacos

From The 22-Day Revolution by Marco Borges

Raw Walnut Tacos

Vegan Taco Recipe

Ingredients

8 large romaine leaves2 cups walnuts1 tablespoon cumin1 tablespoon coriander2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon coconut aminosDash of paprikaDash of garlic powderDash of black pepper

To garnish:2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved1/2 tablespoon parsley flakesPinch of black pepperPinch of sea saltJuice of 1 lime

The Vegan Taco Recipe Beyonc¨¦ Adores

When the weather heats up| I tend to crave more and more plant-based recipes. And ever since Beyonc¨¦ adopted a vegan diet| I could not wait to get my hands on her favorite dishes. In the forward of The 22-Day Revolution ($28) by Beyonc¨¦’s chef Marco Borges| Bey not only explains how she was able to sustain this big shift in her diet but also specifically calls out this recipe: “I couldn’t believe how much of our health we can control with food. And that I could still love food but this time it would love me back (like the walnut tacos you’ll find in here| oh my!).” With the Beyonc¨¦ seal of approval| I decided to try them out for myself ¡ª and I’m so glad I did. I’ve played around with a number of vegan taco meat iterations| but this walnut-based version is a clear winner.

Beyond their spiced| smoky| and surprisingly meaty flavor| the combination of walnuts and avocado makes this a Mexican-inspired dish packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that have also recently been linked to burning away belly fat. I enjoyed two tacos for a complete meal| but if you’re concerned about keeping calorie counts in check| grab one taco and enjoy a salad on the side.

Raw Walnut Tacos

From The 22-Day Revolution by Marco Borges

Raw Walnut Tacos

Vegan Taco Recipe

Ingredients

8 large romaine leaves2 cups walnuts1 tablespoon cumin1 tablespoon coriander2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon coconut aminosDash of paprikaDash of garlic powderDash of black pepper

To garnish:2 avocados| peeled| pitted| and sliced1/2 pint cherry tomatoes| halved1/2 tablespoon parsley flakesPinch of black pepperPinch of sea saltJuice of 1 lime

How to Get Beyonc¨¦’s Met Gala Body

How to Get Beyoncu00e9’s Met Gala Body

Jennifer Lopez is a fan; Beyoncu00e9 credits it for her svelte Met Gala figure. Their weight-loss secret? The 22-day vegan challenge| created by Beyoncu00e9’s trainer| Marco Borges. The challenge is built on the concept that it takes 21 days to break a habit| and its premise is simple: eat a healthy vegan diet for 22 days and see how you feel. The result| according to 22-day devotees: more energy| a better relationship with food| and even weight loss. “”I didn’t know how good you can feel when you put healthy stuff in your body|”” Jennifer said after forgoing meat and dairy for three weeks (and then some!).

Think you have what it takes to tackle Beyoncu00e9 and Jennifer’s challenge? We’ve rounded up 22 vegan dinners that may surprise you: filling| flavorful meals that satisfy without depriving you of nutrients u2014 or taste. Check out our dinners here| and don’t forget about our vegan breakfasts and vegan lunches!

| Vegan Bolognese

Start off with a comforting bowl of vegan bolognese. Chewy bites of tempeh ensure that you won’t miss the meat in your dinner.

| Indian-Spiced Chard

After a long day| a bowl of Indian-spiced chard| served alongside whole-wheat pita or rice| will fill you up.

| Nondairy Pumpkin Soup

You won’t believe there’s no cream u2014 just a hearty helping of coconut milk u2014 in this nondairy pumpkin bisque.

| Sweet Potato Salad

This colorful side makes an even better prep-ahead main meal; the flavors in this sweet potato salad meld the longer you keep it in your fridge| so make ahead to enjoy on an especially busy weeknight.

| Peanut-Ginger Soba Noodle Salad

For another make-ahead meal| this peanut-ginger soba noodle salad won’t disappoint. A creamy peanut and sesame ginger sauce is addictive and filling to help ensure you beat after-dinner cravings.

| Sweet Potato Soup

If you’re tired of your normal vegan rotation during your challenge| blending up a Middle Eastern-inspired sweet potato soup with za’atar oil can reawaken taste buds. Za’atar is a spice blend of oregano| thyme| sesame seeds| and sumac; look for it at your local supermarket in the spice aisle.

| BBQ Black-Eyed Peas

While vegans can easily get enough protein every day as omnivores| sometimes it takes a little more thought. A batch of BBQ black-eyed peas is a tasty way to fill up on protein and fiber| sans meat.

| Quinoa Tomato and Cucumber Salad

For a fresh| light dinner on a hot day| this quinoa tomato and cucumber salad u2014u00a0one of Jennifer Aniston‘s favorites u2014 is a refreshing option.

| Sweet Potato Black Bean Burrito

High-fiber| vitamin-A-rich sweet potatoes are a healthy pantry staple; this sweet potato black bean burrito is sure to become a weeknight favorite even after your vegan challenge.

| Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

This prep-ahead sesame ginger quinoa salad makes a great meal| no matter what time of day. If you need a filling| ready-to-go dinner after a late-evening yoga class| this salad is perfect.

| Paleo Pad Thai

No need for takeout; this low-calorie| noodle-free Paleo pad thai is waistline-friendly and just as tasty. It uses spaghetti squash instead of noodles to save on calories.

| Spicy Sesame Carrot Salad

Ribboning your veggies is a fun way to add pizzazz to a normal weeknight meal without a lot of extra effort. This spicy sesame carrot salad is great on its own or with a side of vegan soup.

| Vegan Farro Salad

Switch up your carb rotation by opting for chewy| satisfying farro for this vegan farro salad.

| Spaghetti in White Wine Sauce

Low-calorie and satisfying? This spaghetti in white wine sauce has everything you need for a flavorful dinner that will fill you up without going over your calorie quota.

| Sweet Potato| Chickpea| and Quinoa Burger

Jonesing for a burger? Don’t stop at the nearest fast-food spot; instead| stay with your vegan challenge and whip up this tasty sweet potato| chickpea| and quinoa burger instead.

| Garlicky Zucchini Pasta

For another pasta alternative that satisfies without the carbs| try this garlicky zucchini pasta. Be sure to sprinkle with toasted almond meal| as shown| to mimic that satisfying breadcrumb texture.

| Asparagus Ginger Soba Noodles

Ready for another soba salad? This asparagus ginger soba noodle salad has a different flavor profile but is just as addictive as your other soba noodle dinner.

| Black Bean Mango Salad

Fresh| healthy| filling| and fast: what more could you want? Chop up this black bean mango salad for a vegan dinner you’ll love.

| Vegan Mac and Cheese

Miss dairy? You won’t after making this vegan mac and cheese recipe. The “”cheesiness”” comes from nutritional yeast| a vegan favorite that adds a distinct flavor to many dairy-free meals.

| Paleo Carrot Pasta

Go to bed without the bloat with another bowl of healthy “”pasta.”” This Paleo carrot pasta is comforting and filling without making you feel stuffed.

| Slow-Cooker Chickpea Curry

If you’ve got a slow cooker| this slow-cooker chickpea curry takes minutes to prep in the morning and will be ready for you as soon as you walk in the door.

| Cauliflower Stir Fry

For another healthier take on takeout| sub white rice with a surprising ingredient: cauliflower. This cauliflower stir fry is Paleo and vegan approved!

You Have to See Serena Williams Break It Down to Beyonc¨¦

In unsurprising news, Serena Williams continues to be the epitome of fitness inspiration ¡ª and this time, she’s bringing Beyonc¨¦ into the mix.

The tennis champion is Vogue‘s April cover star in the annual Shape Issue, and the magazine just released a video shot entirely on a GoPro at the BallenIsles Country Club in Florida. Serena’s seen breaking it down to Beyonc¨¦’s “7/11” while practicing power shots, doing handstands and cartwheels, and just being her awesome self in general.

We don’t blame Vogue for choosing this song for the video ¡ª the “smack it in the air” lyrics are perfect for getting some aggression out in a sweaty tennis match. Now we feel like breaking out our tennis gear and blasting Beyonc¨¦! Here’s Serena reading a copy of the magazine, which you can get on stands now.

Image Sources: Getty and Instagram user serenawilliams

You Have to See Serena Williams Break It Down to Beyonc¨¦

In unsurprising news| Serena Williams continues to be the epitome of fitness inspiration ¡ª and this time| she’s bringing Beyonc¨¦ into the mix.

The tennis champion is Vogue‘s April cover star in the annual Shape Issue| and the magazine just released a video shot entirely on a GoPro at the BallenIsles Country Club in Florida. Serena’s seen breaking it down to Beyonc¨¦’s “7/11” while practicing power shots| doing handstands and cartwheels| and just being her awesome self in general.

We don’t blame Vogue for choosing this song for the video ¡ª the “smack it in the air” lyrics are perfect for getting some aggression out in a sweaty tennis match. Now we feel like breaking out our tennis gear and blasting Beyonc¨¦! Here’s Serena reading a copy of the magazine| which you can get on stands now.

Image Sources: Getty and Instagram user serenawilliams

Beyonc¨¦’s Showstopping Secrets to Staying Fit and Fierce

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Between the 2014 VMAs and her On the Run tour with husband Jay Z, Beyonc¨¦’s been having quite a year. And no matter what else the power couple has us talking about, one thing’s for certain:?Beyonc¨¦’s body is always on everyone’s mind! Find out how the entertainer, who turns 33 today, always steals the show with her hard work and healthy outlook.

Her plant-based diet: At the end of 2013, Beyonc¨¦ and Jay Z embarked on a 22-day vegan challenge, encouraged by friend and Beyonc¨¦’s longtime trainer, Marco Borges. The owner of 22 Days Nutrition, which offers vegan, gluten-free energy bars, protein powder, and other products, Marco encouraged Beyonc¨¦ and Jay Z to go vegan in order to have more energy, better heart health, and faster metabolism. While it seems that Beyonc¨¦ is back to eating meat, the results of her dedication were very apparent when she took the Grammys stage. Want to eat like Beyonc¨¦? Check out our own 22-dinner vegan challenge here!

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Her realistic outlook: “I can’t eat what I want, and I can’t not go to the gym,” Beyonc¨¦ told Self. She also has the right outlook; she knows that there isn’t a quick fix when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. “The truth is it’s a lot of sacrifice. It’s more about your mental strength than physical strength. You have to push yourself. It doesn’t matter what trainer you have. And it doesn’t matter what program you’re on. You have to be healthy and make the right choices,” she said.

Her dedication: Since having daughter Blue Ivy in 2012, the singer has been hard at work on looking and feeling her best. In fact, when she debuted her postbaby body at a concert just a few months after Blue’s birth, she even acknowledged how hard she’s been sticking to her strict diet and exercise regime. “I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on a treadmill. I ate lettuce!” she told the crowd.

Her time-saving secret: Marco Borges trains Beyonc¨¦ using his signature Power Moves philosophy. This system helps her save time, since it relies on exercises that work several muscle groups at once. She also saves time by interval training, alternating between sprinting and running while on the treadmill, to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time.

Source: Beyonc¨¦ Knowles

How she fits it into her busy schedule: She may be always on the go, but when Beyonc¨¦ has a few minutes, she knows that she can fit in a few extra calorie-burning moves, like squats, lunges, and planks, no matter where she is. Get Beyonc¨¦’s five-minute do-anywhere workout here.

Her healthy body image: While being fit is part of her job, Beyonc¨¦ embraces her natural body shape. “Everyone is not supposed to be the same,” she said in a video for Shape. “Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” she said.

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How she has fun with exercise: Learning those dance moves burns major calories, and luckily, Beyonc¨¦ has fun while she’s doing it. “For me, dancing is what keeps me active,” she told Shape.

How she motivates herself: Whether it’s a picture of an Oscar by her treadmill or a dress she wants to fit into, Beyonc¨¦ always has a way to motivate herself to work out. And it’s no surprise that the singer uses music as one of her main workout motivations. “I’ll put on a song that I really like and do [biceps curls with] five-pound weights [for] the whole song and just try to burn out,” she told Self. If music is an important component of your workout routine as well, try this hour-long workout set to Beyonc¨¦’s album 4.

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Her nondiet: Beyonc¨¦ may have been one of the Master Cleanse’s most famous devotees, but she has since learned from her mistakes. “There are healthier ways to lose weight ¡ª I wouldn’t recommend it,” she told Elle about the deprivation cleanse she went on when dropping weight for her role in Dreamgirls. Instead, Beyonc¨¦ eats breakfast, salads for lunch, and a “light dinner” and allows herself a cheat day on Sundays.

Beyonc¨¦’s Showstopping Secrets to Staying Fit and Fierce

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Between the 2014 VMAs and her On the Run tour with husband Jay Z| Beyonc¨¦’s been having quite a year. And no matter what else the power couple has us talking about| one thing’s for certain:?Beyonc¨¦’s body is always on everyone’s mind! Find out how the entertainer| who turns 33 today| always steals the show with her hard work and healthy outlook.

Her plant-based diet: At the end of 2013| Beyonc¨¦ and Jay Z embarked on a 22-day vegan challenge| encouraged by friend and Beyonc¨¦’s longtime trainer| Marco Borges. The owner of 22 Days Nutrition| which offers vegan| gluten-free energy bars| protein powder| and other products| Marco encouraged Beyonc¨¦ and Jay Z to go vegan in order to have more energy| better heart health| and faster metabolism. While it seems that Beyonc¨¦ is back to eating meat| the results of her dedication were very apparent when she took the Grammys stage. Want to eat like Beyonc¨¦? Check out our own 22-dinner vegan challenge here!

Source: Getty

Her realistic outlook: “I can’t eat what I want| and I can’t not go to the gym|” Beyonc¨¦ told Self. She also has the right outlook; she knows that there isn’t a quick fix when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. “The truth is it’s a lot of sacrifice. It’s more about your mental strength than physical strength. You have to push yourself. It doesn’t matter what trainer you have. And it doesn’t matter what program you’re on. You have to be healthy and make the right choices|” she said.

Her dedication: Since having daughter Blue Ivy in 2012| the singer has been hard at work on looking and feeling her best. In fact| when she debuted her postbaby body at a concert just a few months after Blue’s birth| she even acknowledged how hard she’s been sticking to her strict diet and exercise regime. “I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on a treadmill. I ate lettuce!” she told the crowd.

Her time-saving secret: Marco Borges trains Beyonc¨¦ using his signature Power Moves philosophy. This system helps her save time| since it relies on exercises that work several muscle groups at once. She also saves time by interval training| alternating between sprinting and running while on the treadmill| to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time.

Source: Beyonc¨¦ Knowles

How she fits it into her busy schedule: She may be always on the go| but when Beyonc¨¦ has a few minutes| she knows that she can fit in a few extra calorie-burning moves| like squats| lunges| and planks| no matter where she is. Get Beyonc¨¦’s five-minute do-anywhere workout here.

Her healthy body image: While being fit is part of her job| Beyonc¨¦ embraces her natural body shape. “Everyone is not supposed to be the same|” she said in a video for Shape. “Be healthy and take care of yourself| but be happy with the beautiful things that make you| you.” she said.

Source: Getty

How she has fun with exercise: Learning those dance moves burns major calories| and luckily| Beyonc¨¦ has fun while she’s doing it. “For me| dancing is what keeps me active|” she told Shape.

How she motivates herself: Whether it’s a picture of an Oscar by her treadmill or a dress she wants to fit into| Beyonc¨¦ always has a way to motivate herself to work out. And it’s no surprise that the singer uses music as one of her main workout motivations. “I’ll put on a song that I really like and do [biceps curls with] five-pound weights [for] the whole song and just try to burn out|” she told Self. If music is an important component of your workout routine as well| try this hour-long workout set to Beyonc¨¦’s album 4.

Source: Getty

Her nondiet: Beyonc¨¦ may have been one of the Master Cleanse’s most famous devotees| but she has since learned from her mistakes. “There are healthier ways to lose weight ¡ª I wouldn’t recommend it|” she told Elle about the deprivation cleanse she went on when dropping weight for her role in Dreamgirls. Instead| Beyonc¨¦ eats breakfast| salads for lunch| and a “light dinner” and allows herself a cheat day on Sundays.