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Bollywood and its lunchbox

Published : Feb 12, 2017, 3:25 am IST
Updated : Feb 12, 2017, 7:15 am IST

Celebrity nutritionists find ways to skirt the calories while keeping alive the essence of a dish for their clients.

Here’s a look at what lies inside a star’s dabba.
 Here’s a look at what lies inside a star’s dabba.

Bipasha Basu loves a traditional Bengali rice plate, Deepika Padukone loves dunking an idli or dosa in rich coconut chutney and Parineeti Chopra loves her ghee soaked parathas. It may seem like a reasonable spread to most of us, but for these stars, it spells a treat; an indulgence of sorts. These are food items that are off limits for the ladies who perhaps turn to them on a ‘cheat day’ or like in case for Bipasha, a birthday treat. Diet charts are de rigueur in Tinsel Town, but so are diet hacks. Celebrity nutritionists find ways to skirt the calories while keeping alive the essence of a dish for their clients. That’s how broccoli makes its way into a sauce and sugar keeps out of a tart. Here’s a look at what lies inside a star’s dabba.

Deepika Padukone:

A thorough south Indian at the dining table, Deepika loves her snacks with a generous side of chutney. Her food expert ensures that the chutney ditches the coconut. Dippy has also mastered the art of ordering minimum calories.  While travelling — be it sushi, Chinese food or a Lebanese spread — she does a quick math to ensure that the healthiest choice is laid out on the table.

Ranveer Singh:

Ranveer Singh has a sweet tooth and is known to get cranky when he doesn’t get his sugar rush. When in Paris for the shoot of Befikre, the actor was constantly fighting off the urge for chocolate, so his chef (who travels with him) laid out a sugar-free chocolate berry tart with sugar-free chocolate syrup. This, along with seafood and eggs diet. When the going got tough, Nutella was thrown in with porridge. There are days however, when the actor ditches the charts for his mother’s rajma chawal.

Katrina Kaif:

What makes Katrina go weak in the knees is kheer, cinnamon rolls and pasta. To make sure that these treats don’t translate into fat, the actress is known to spend over a lakh per month on a macrobiotic diet of fruits, steamed fish, vegetables and roast chicken.

Akshay Kumar:

Akki, known to be a disciplinarian is also a foodie a heart and can’t let go of his sweets. But he doesn’t have them after 7.30 pm, and he’s very strict about it. The same goes for butter chicken. But the actor has concocted a recipe to make the Punjabi delicacy without the use of cashew nut or cream. In fact, he is in the process of making a recipe of glutton-free naan too.

Shradda Kapoor:

Shradha is known to spend a whopping 1.5 lakhs on her diet dabba that is high on proteins, nuts, salad and beans.

Arjun Kapoor:

The Punjabi boy that he is, Arjun Kapoor won’t give up on his butter chicken. To compensate for his client’s fussy ways, Arjun’s dietician ensures that his diet consists of spinach and broccoli that are known to help metabolism. Now Arjun doesn’t like broccoli either, so his dietician often passes of broccoli paste as chutney or green sauce.

Shahid Kapoor:

Shahid Kapoor isn’t the easiest client to work with given that he is vegan. That he hates the taste of paneer didn’t make it an easy choice for him. So his dietician works around tofu and broccoli. He eats five-six small meals a day and keeps out the carbs completely.

Salman Khan:

Salman used to be a big foodie before he turned to healthy eating. Even though he isn’t as strict about his diet as some of his contemporaries, the actor is known to burn his 3,000 calories every day. That’s his daily allowance; with his rigorous workouts in the gym. Salman’s diet mostly consists of fish, eggs and chicken.

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