Minka Kelly is the daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay. She was born in LA but moved around with her mother, eventually settling in New Mexico. After graduating from high school, Kelly returned to LA where she worked as a surgeon’s assistant while trying to break into show biz. She found small roles in shows like Entourage and American Dreams before being cast in Friday Night Lights in 2006. Kelly has gone on to appear in other series, films and on stage, including a DC Universe show, Titans. She was named Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine. She is a brand ambassador for diet Coke. Kelly works with fashionABLE which helps launch sustainable businesses for women. She has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Kelly is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.
Minka Kelly’s Diet
Kelly is an avid cook, baker and eater. She loves food so much, she went to cooking school and graduated in 2015. She doesn’t believe in depriving herself because she says that leads to cravings which will derail a diet. Instead, she eats everything in moderation. Her one diet rule is to not eat starch with protein. So things like bread, rice, potatoes and the like can be eaten with veggies or protein, but not all three at once. She also opts for whole, natural foods over processed or junk food, and she always drinks plenty of water.
- Medium Carbs 40% 40%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
Kelly’s go-to breakfast is a protein shake. But she doesn’t only drink smoothies. Sometimes she’ll have avocado toast instead.
As a chef, Kelly loves her food. She’ll eat anything but watches her portion size. That way she can enjoy without overdoing it.
On Food Combining
Kelly says eating carbs with protein makes her sluggish and is hard on digestion, so she avoids it.
The Dark Side
Kelly always has dark chocolate and almonds on hand and eats a little bit as her evening treat.
What to Eat
Starch with Vegetables
Protein with Vegetables
Clean Animal Proteins: Salmon, Chicken Breast, etc.
What to Avoid
Combining Starches and Proteins
Kelly on Food Combining
‘It’s so hard on your digestion, and your body works overtime, which is why I’m so tired after a huge Thanksgiving dinner.’
Kelly on Why She Eats Starches Separate From Proteins
‘I just feel better.’
Kelly on One of Favorite Breakfast Foods
‘Avocado toast game is strong this mornin’.’
Kelly on Her Favorite Treat, Dark Chocolate and Almonds
‘I always have a little bite of that before bed at night.’
Minka Kelly’s Fitness Routine
Get the Heart Pumping
Even if Kelly doesn’t do a formal workout, she makes a point of breaking a sweat every single day.
Mix It Up
Kelly likes to do different types of exercise, everything from dancing to swimming to boxing to standard gym workouts are on the table.
To burn off excess stress, Kelly likes to go for a run. She also does yoga.
Kelly regularly works with celebrity trainer, Gunnar Peterson who also names amongst his clientele Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Sofia Vergara, and the entire LA Lakers team.
Kelly exercises every day. Twice a week, she works with her trainer. She also boxes, taking a dance class, or goes for a bike or swim.
Get In the Groove
Kelly takes a class called Grooves at her friend Robin Antin’s studio in West Hollywood.
Kelly is also into VersaClimber training. Because they’re so intense, classes only last 30 minutes, perfect for busy people.
A Minka Kelly Routine
Do anything that gets your heart pumping.
Kelly on Dance Class
‘You don’t have to be particularly coordinated…You’re just sort of mimicking the teacher.’
Kelly on Why She Likes to Dance
‘That’s an amazing way to do cardio.’
Kelly on the VersaClimber
‘You sweat your butt off and you feel great afterwards.’
Kelly on Scuba
‘I learned how to scuba dive, which is something that I’ve always wanted to do.’
Kelly on Horseback Riding
‘I learned how to horseback ride in English style, which is very, very hard…I had no idea how challenging it was.’
Minka Kelly’s Supplements
Other than her daily protein shake, Kelly is keeping quiet about her supplements. So, below are supplements that can benefit anyone following a similar diet plan.
Minka Kelly’s Lifestyle
Kelly knows the importance of getting enough sleep and strives for eight hours each night. Adequate sleep helps strengthen immunity and boost mood.
Kelly doesn’t like having too much downtime. She prefers to have plenty to do, and so she’s always engaged with some hobby or other, from cooking to helping women establish a business.
Kelly looks phenomenal for 40. She is a fan of micro needling, a natural method of promoting collagen production for plump, youthful skin. She also uses aluminum-free deodorant.
Faux Is Fine Too
One thing Kelly doesn’t mind being fake: her tan. She gets organic spray tans from Kati Herrara Alvarez.
Write it Out
One way Kelly manages her stress is by writing it down. She says the process of writing helps release it from her body and detoxes the mind.
Kelly on Hobbies
‘I always have to have a hobby. With my job, there can be a lot of downtime, so I think it’s really important to balance that with something that feeds your brain.’
Kelly on Her Looks
‘I don’t like a lot of fuss, and I’m not very precious when it comes to a lot of things.’
Kelly on Her Beauty Routine
‘I’ve had the same nighttime regimen since I was 19. I wash, tone, use a serum and do face masks a couple of times a week. For me, less is more.’
Kelly on Herself
‘I’m confident — confident in my skin — and I’m cool with my flaws and all that stuff.’
Kelly on Getting The Most Out of Life
‘No matter what you’re doing, live it. Make an experience. Have fun. Relate to someone. Take them in. Learn.’
Friday Night Lights