Kristen Bell grew up in the Detroit suburbs. As a child and young teen, she appeared in a few newspaper ads and tv commercials. She also took private acting lessons and participated in her high school’s drama club. After high school, she went to New York University where she majored in musical theater, but left a few credits shy of graduation to play in a Broadway musical version of Tom Sawyer. Bell moved to Los Angeles in 2002 where she found small parts in tv shows, but her big break came in 2004 when she was cast as the lead in Veronica Mars. Since then, Bell has worked steadily in tv and film, including voicing the role of Anna in Frozen, as well as several characters in video games. Bell is an animal rights activist. She has been voted PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian twice and appeared on other ‘Hot’ lists. Bell has been nominated for and won several acting awards including a Teen Choice and a People’s Choice, and she also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bell is a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, and she also started her own eco-friendly baby care line called Hello Bello. She is married and has 2 children. Bell is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 105 lbs.
Kristen Bell’s Diet
Bell has been a vegetarian since she was 11 years old and followed a vegan diet for 5 years after watching a documentary called Forks Over Knives. However, she has since gone back to vegetarian, saying veganism wasn’t sustainable for her long-term. She sticks to whole foods that are locally-grown whenever possible. Bell has also done a 30-day no-sugar challenge. When she binged after it was over, she got sick and decided sugar can be addictive like a drug and now avoids it. She also avoids alcohol saying it makes her feel ill, although she will have a glass of rosé while on vacation. Bell loves to bake and says she always wants to feed people.
- Low-Medium Protein 20% 20%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- High Carb 60% 60%
Some Like It Hot
Bell pours the hottest hot sauce she can find over her morning egg whites, avocado and feta cheese scramble.
Garbage Disposal Lunch
As unappealing as it sounds, ‘garbage disposal’ just means she dumps whatever she can find in the fridge on a bed of lettuce. It might be leftover potatoes, fruit or nuts. No matter the combination, she says it always tastes good.
A typical dinner for Bell is a quick batch of pasta, but her husband doesn’t eat gluten, so they have pasta made from chickpeas with Beyond Meat as their protein, and sauce. Bell is a fan of Newman’s Own.
Bell posts pictures of her cooking adventures on Instagram, such as a rainbow-colored grilled cheese featuring cheese dyed with beet and cabbage juice. She also makes her kids pepper bracelets, carrots cut like potato chips and green juice popsicles.
What to Eat
Dairy (humanely sourced)
Eggs (humanely sourced)
What to Avoid
Bell On Sugar
‘I will cheat with salty things, just not sugar…I think sugar’s really bad for us.’
Bell On Vegetarianism
‘I have always been an animal lover. I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddle with…from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat.’
Bell On Her Need To Feed People
‘I have a tiny Italian grandmother inside me. If someone walks in, I’m like, “Let me make you a sandwich!” I show love with cooking.’
Bell On Vegan Cooking
‘Cooking is my love language, where there’s the most amount of giving selflessly…It’s more about the health benefits than the ethics, but it’s compounded by the fact that I love animals and feel better not eating them.’
Kristen Bell’s Fitness Routine
Weekly Workout Routine
Don’t Rush It
Bell is not an early bird and doesn’t care to work out or do much of anything in the morning. She usually does her routine in the early afternoon or evening if her husband takes the kids.
Do It Even If You Don’t Love It
Although she doesn’t especially enjoy running,Bell says she does it because it makes her feel good.
Make It Snappy
With her time at a premium, Bell is not into long workouts. She often sprints to get maximum benefits in minimum time.
Keep It Fun
Bell says her biggest tip is to stay active. So even if she doesn’t have time for a formal workout, she gets outside and chases the kids around.
Bell is a Pilates fan for its ability to keep her strong and flexible. She says she never really loved exercise until she found a class that incorporates cardio. She tries to make it to class 3x/week.
Bell meditates regularly, and often sneaks in a few minutes whenever she has downtime on set.
A Kristen Bell Routine
Warm up: Take 5 min. to get your muscles ready.
Sprint: 15 sec. sprint followed by 1 min. recovery. Repeat 10-15 times.
Some Pilates Moves
Single leg stretch: Lie on back, knees bent, shins parallel to floor. Curl head and shoulders off mat and extend right leg straight out, keeping left leg bent. Tap knee with left hand and ankle with right hand. Keep back flat on mat. Switch legs, tapping knee and ankle. Repeat 10x/side.
Single straight leg stretch: Lie flat on back, legs straight up toward ceiling, curl head and shoulders off mat. Gently hold right ankle or shin and lower left leg toward mat. Inhale as you gently pull your right leg toward your face. Pulse twice then switch legs. Repeat 6-10x/side.
Teaser: Sit up, knees bent, feet on mat. Keeping knees together, lift one foot and raise both arms overhead. Roll down to the mat in control, 1 vertebra at a time. Exhale and roll back up to seated, keeping leg and arms raised. Switch legs and repeat. If this is too difficult, you can keep both feet on floor. If you are more advanced, you can lift both feet off floor. Repeat 6-10x.
Seal roll: Sit tall, knees out, soles of feet touching. Pass hands under ankles and hold your feet. Curl your chin toward chest and roll along the spine only to the mid-back, then roll back up using core strength not momentum. You may clap the feet while seated and when you roll back if you like. Repeat 6-10x.
Bell On Running
‘I jog because it makes me feel the best, despite how much I loathe it.’
Bell On Pilates
‘I’m loving the fact that if we ever get attacked by ninjas, I would be a valuable asset.’
Bell On Working Out
‘I need fast workouts. I don’t have an hour and a half. I have 25 minutes, max.’
Bell On The Impact Of Exercise On Mental Health
‘It’s huge. I always feel mentally better after I work out.’
Bell On Staying Active
‘I don’t beat myself up when I don’t work out for 8 weeks straight. I just make sure I’m running around enough with the kids.’
Kristen Bell’s Supplements
Coconut oil is considered a super food: it can boost metabolism and help burn fat leading to weight loss, improve brain function and cholesterol levels as well as kill harmful bacteria. Bell is a big fan of coconut oil, both inside and out, and will mix it with sugar for a body scrub.
Made from cannabis, CBD oil has been shown to help with depression and anxiety, with fewer side effects than pharmaceuticals. Bell says CBD oil helps turn off the voice in her head. CBD oil also alleviates pain.
Adaptogens can counteract the harmful effects of stress. Bell will often add some to a smoothie.
Matcha Green Tea
Bell often puts matcha green tea in her morning smoothie. It offers many benefits, from boosting brain function to repairing damage from free radicals.
Bell takes care to get enough vegetarian protein, and one way she does it is by making her smoothies with pea milk. Pea milk offers 8 grams of protein per serving, which is about the same as cow’s milk.
Bell might switch out the pea milk for hemp milk, which is another alternative to dairy. Hemp milk does not contain THC, but it does contain plenty of calcium, omega-3s and -6s, and plenty of vitamins such as A, D, E, and B12, along with protein.
Kristen Bell’s Lifestyle
Bell says she used to do too much and got run down as a result. Now she chooses sleep over going out, even though it’s not the most fun thing to do.
Bring On the Shiny
Bell says she is highly susceptible to trying anything that catches her eye on the internet. From powdered camel’s milk to the Chirp Wheel+ back stretcher, she’s tried it.
A Whole New Ball Game
Bell played on an all-boys baseball team for 2 years.
Bell has several dogs including a black lab-retriever that was rescued from Hurricane Katrina.
Bell practices Transcendental Meditation a few times a week. She says it really helps her manage stress to happiness ratio.
Bell has openly shared her struggles with and treatment for depression and anxiety in the hopes of helping others to see it is not shameful.
Bell is involved with the charity Invisible Children which brings awareness to the civil war in northern Uganda. She also supports Do Something, a campaign for healthy living.
Bell On Sleep
‘I pushed myself way too hard during the first year of Veronica Mars and I got moody and run-down. Now I’ll go to bed early instead of going out with friends. It’s not always the most fun option, but I know I need at least 8 hours of sleep to feel balanced.’
Bell On Laughter
‘Laughing is good for you. It legitimately burns calories…and just makes you happier.’
Bell On Meditation
‘I really enjoy powering down for 20 minutes because it’s like shutting of light switches in my brain.’
Bell On Nerds
What I like about nerdiness, geekiness, is that it doesn’t really matter what you’re into; it just means you’re not a follower.’
Bell On Mental Health
‘It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer.’
Bell On Trying New Things
‘I can’t tell you how susceptible I am to it — I just want to try everything.’
This Bar Saves Lives
Newman’s Own pasta sauce
No Kid Hungry
Naked Juice Green Machine
Neutrogena Face Moisturizer
Neutrogena Facial Cleanser
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Stick
Moon Juice Dust adaptogens
Powdered camel’s milk
Sun Potion adaptogens