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Sophia Bush is known for playing the cool girl, be it detective Erin Lindsay on Chicago P.D. or — throwback! — Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill. And after 14 years walking red carpets, she’s pretty unfazed by celebrity sightings. But there’s one instance where she loses all chill.
“I totally fanboy chefs,” she laughs. “As I’m sure you’ve noticed, if you’ve seen my social media, I’m like a crazy food person.”
She’s been known to ask to take a photo with chefs she admires, like Rick Bayless or Shuko’s Darry Liu. Don’t even get her started on her favorite TV show right now — Chef’s Table on Netflix.
“If you haven’t seen it, you have to watch it,” she says, eyes growing wide. “I had dinner at Alinea recently, and it was one of the most memorable things ever. [Chef Grant Achatz is featured in it] … and the way he sources local food and really considers his environment — I mean, my mind was absolutely blown. He’s shifting the paradigm.”
Over the years, Bush’s full-on fangirling has turned into legit friendships with certain chefs, like The Chew‘s Michael Symon. The two recently spent an afternoon in New York “rescuing” people from sad desk lunches, surprising them with gourmet picnics in the park, as part of Lipton’s Bright Bites campaign. “I’ve been trying to prioritize health and wellness in my own life, so when I heard I could encourage others to do the same, I had to be a part of it,” she says.
Even though Bush may not work in a cubicle, she’s all too familiar with lunches that leave you wanting more — vegetables, that is.
“Sets are literally the worst place on the planet for willpower. There’s donuts everywhere. There’s candy everywhere. There’s Doritos everywhere,” she explains. “It’s really hard to eat healthy, and I think that’s part of the reason I’ve been trying to set aside time to cook more and prepare more food that I can bring with me.”
Bush had gotten used to eating whatever’s being served on set, which means every meal’s absolutely delicious — but it can also be a total gut-bomb. “It’s like a danger zone,” she laughs.
SHE’S GETTING INTO THE MEAL PREP GAME.
The actress has been getting into making big batches of meals she can portion out and carry to work. “All through the winter, because it’s so cold in Chicago [where I film Chicago P.D.], I make shepherd’s pie. It’s so good,” she says. “I’m a big fan of turkey stew too, and I’ll get a massive, double-height pot and then freeze half of it, and sort of preserve that through the week.”
SHE’S ALL ABOUT SOUP FOR LUNCH.
“Once it’s below zero outside, I take soup to work like every day,” Bush says.
SHE’S BEEN INTO BONE BROTH WAY BEFORE IT WAS COOL.
Bone broth has been lauded for its ability to ease digestion — as well as a host of claims some experts have deemed dubious at best, according to Time — but for Bush, making it isn’t some health fad. It’s just what her family’s been doing for years.
“I make it out of the bones from the turkey in my turkey stew, often,” she says. “I think with this whole shift to wellness, everyone is sort of paying attention to more holistic foods that are full of vitamins.”
SHE SNACKS ON SEAWEED.
If you checked Bush’s purse, there’s almost a 100 percent chance you’d find a pack of seaweed snacks inside. “I cannot get enough of them,” she says. “I honestly go through box after box. I just can’t handle it.”
SHE DOESN’T DO COFFEE AFTER NOON.
Bush has been trying to make a few micro-changes toward living healthier, including shaking up her java routine. “I am a coffee lover, but I try now to have a cup or two of coffee in the morning, then I try to drink tea for the rest of the day,” she says. “I could drink coffee all day, but I don’t feel great at the end of the day if I do.”
When the clock strikes noon, she shifts to tea.
SHE’S FOCUSING ON WHAT FEELS GOOD.
Instead of adopting a popular diet, or going gluten- or dairy-free (“it’s too restrictive for me,” she insists), Bush lets each meal inform the next one.
“I’m trying to just pay more attention to how the things I put in my body make me feel, and adjust accordingly,” she explains.
SHE’S CUT BACK ON TWO FOOD GROUPS.
Bush realized a while ago that she felt awful after drinking milk or eating cheese, especially as an asthmatic, so she avoids dairy unless it’s really, really worth it.
“Last week, a bunch of our cast and some of our writers went out to Mozza, and I ate — I swear to you — my body weight in burrata, and was like, ‘byyyye! I don’t care, keep it coming!'” she jokes. “Dairy does weird things to your body, and your lungs, and it’s the same reason I don’t eat as many nightshades, because they cause inflammation.”
Bush used to eat a tomato a day like you would an apple, but she soon realized her obsession also caused her to have trouble breathing. “I don’t eat bell peppers or eggplant either, because it’s not worth it,” she explains. “However, white potatoes are a nightshade and I will never give them up. So, you know, I make compromises.”
SHE SCRAMBLES THINGS UP.
Resisting dairy means Bush doesn’t really do yogurt or cereal for breakfast. Instead, she’s all about a good egg scramble — either her own or her fave, from Hugo’s in Los Angeles. “It’s called the Papa’s Eggs, and it’s organic egg scramble with bacon and sausage and scallions, and I get it with avocado and gluten-free toast,” she says. “Their gluten-free toast is like flat cornbread, and it’s literally the best thing I’ve ever had in my life. It is so good that when I get back to Chicago, for the first solid month that I’m there, my fridge is full of them.”
SHE’S LIGHTENING UP HER FAVORITES.
Bush grew up making classic Italian dishes — which are often heavy on carbs and cheese — but she’s turned to Symon for suggestions to make things healthier.
“Earlier today, we were talking risotto, and how to make it more of a protein-based lunch,” she says. “He did it with really beautiful mushrooms and vegan cheese, and it was amazing. I’m going home to work on learning that.”
There’s no word whether it will be on the menu of the upcoming Lipton’s Chef Fest she’s hosting in Chicago on Oct. 15, but one thing’s for sure: Bush will live it up. She might even do dairy. And she’ll definitely be fangirling.
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