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Jennifer Garner's Nutritionist Says She Snacks Regularly—But Never Eats Protein Bars

They are always packed with protein, fat, and fiber.

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  • Jennifer Garner eats an afternoon snack when she needs extra energy for workouts.
  • She works with celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, who advises clients to add a "bridge snack" filled with protein, fat, and fiber.
  • Jennifer bridge snacks often include a handful of nuts and almond butter or flaxseed crackers with cheese or avocado.

    Jennifer Garner has the strong leading lady role pretty much on lock. She's kicked some serious butt in Peppermint, Alias, and Daredevil, just to name a few. Preparing for physically demanding roles requires two-a-day workouts—and extra fuel to get her through them.

    That's where her nutritionist, Kelly LeVeque, comes in with a smart snack trick. Jennifer adds a "bridge snack" after lunch and before workout number two. According to LeVeque, "A bridge snack is always to bridge you to that next meal. The hard part with snacks is they never really make you feel so full."

    "When it comes to a bridge snack, I'm always looking for protein-rich snack," she says. Her first pick is a tablespoon of almond butter or other nut butters, which contain protein, fat, and fiber to help regulate the hunger hormones.

    "If Jennifer Garner needed a little snack before and after a workout, that might look like a handful of nuts and almond butter or flaxseed crackers with cheese or avocado," says LeVeque. "We're looking for a way to get her that protein, a little bit of fat in something that isn't gonna bounce around when she bounces around dancing, but can sustain her."

    Other bridge snacks LeVeque recommends include:

    • Hard boiled eggs
    • Grass-fed jerky
    • Veggies and a nut-based dip like a pesto, or a sprouted hummus.

      (You can pre-order LeVeque's new book to try out her sprouted sunflower seed hummus.) She adds, "I love radicchio or like even baby romaine for a crunchy water-based vehicle for that fat and protein."

          Snacking can, and often does, go awry. "I think a lot of times people if they're looking for like fast things they're grabbing a protein bar," LeVeque told Women's Health. "A lot of protein bars are mostly carbohydrates, and then it's really a sugar-spike bar."

          That's not the case for Jennifer, who harvests ingredients straight from her own garden. "She has a beautiful garden and really prioritizes farm-to-table eating," LeVeque says. "She is goals."

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