Daphne Oz is one of the beauties of the food industry. Author of the recently published Relish, and television host on ABC’s The Chew, Oz has become one of those onscreen personalities we’re sort of crushing on. Off screen she also happens to be just as charming. We photographed the pregnant and glowing Oz at Buvette (charming talent, charming venue) and chatted on all things gastronomic. The soon-to-be-chic-New-York-Mom is about to make your Monday; the first line of her ideal food day alone is an all-time new potato favorite…
What would be your ideal food day?
Am I being naughty or nice?
Nice: A smoothie loaded with frozen fruit, a handful of kale or spinach, fresh lime juice, yogurt or almond milk, flax and/or chia seeds and almond butter for breakfast. A tasty sandwich with whole grain bread for lunch (Egg salad or avocado with hummus, turkey, cheese, lettuce and spicy sandwich peppers). A salad with a bright dressing, roasted vegetables and grilled chicken or glazed baked fish for dinner with fresh fruit for dessert.
Naughty: An everything bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. A perfect french baguette with burrata, ripe tomato, basil and a drizzle of garlic-chili oil for lunch. Roasted chicken, crisp french fries and a salad with bright dressing for dinner, and Brownie a la Mode for dessert. And (post-baby come March) lots and lots of wine.
How do you always start your day? What’s your morning routine?
On days when I have to get to the studio, I’m up just before 6am, and do a quick ten minute workout routine that used to be more intense yoga and jumprope, but is now just leg and butt lifts and a series of arm weights, plus one minute of meditation. Then I make my smoothie and walk up to work. I have breakfast (toast with almond butter, oatmeal, Paleo Granola and yogurt, or gluten-free cereal) while I’m in hair and makeup, and a glass of yuzu green tea. Then we tape two ridiculously fun shows!
On days when we’re not taping, I try to sleep a little later, but this baby likes to get up early. I make myself a more luxurious breakfast. I’m a big fan of egg sandwiches and breakfast burritos these days, but sometimes I’ll whip up a pancake or two, too. Then I answer all the emails I let pile up over the week while I drink my tea and pretend not to secretly be on Pinterest and Tumblr. Then I’ll food shop, walk my errands, and take any meetings I have on the schedule. I also try to walk three to five miles a day, so sometimes I’ll just get a podcast on my iPhone and wander if I have free time.
What’s always on set with you?
Green juice and my iPhone so I can be capturing all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans.
Your on-set snack…
I love citrus, and clementines and grapefruits are amazing right now. But they always have that bowl of pita chips lurking in craft services that calls my name…
What’s your drink?
Green juice. More water than you think any human could possibly drink. Tequila, soda and tons of fresh lime.