When we found out television personality, actress and entrepreneur Brooke Burke was going to have a food-oriented lifestyle show on Feeln – Breaking Bread with Brooke Burke – we thought there was no better time to catch up with her on all things food, health and beauty. The premise of the show is breaking bread (therefore breaking barriers and getting to know people) with guests ranging from Florence Henderson to Jane Seymour – a concept we love here at The New Potato. We couldn’t help but include Burke‘s daughter, Rain in the shoot as well, while we chatted on all things lifestyle…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I start every morning with a healthy shake that’s made from almond milk, cinnamon, dates, frozen pears, sometimes chia seeds, and sometimes ground flax seeds. For lunch, sometimes I’ll have a brown rice blackened chicken bowl with avocado and salad, a grilled chicken Caesar salad, or lentil soup and a mixed green vegetable salad. Mid-afternoon, I may get a green tea almond milk iced latte, and have some popcorn as a snack with that, possibly an apple, maybe a handful of almonds. An ideal dinner for me would be a grilled piece of salmon with lots of vegetables and a mixed green salad with a Dijon balsamic dressing, or a roasted chicken with sweet potatoes or some type of a vegetable. I love spaghetti squash and a salad.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I never skimp on skincare. I start every day with a skin lightening serum for my melasma. Then I’ll do a vitamin C serum, an eye cream and a very rich moisturizer. I also reapply eye cream throughout the day and a moisturizing lip balm. And I never ever go to bed without washing my face. At night, I use a richer cream. I actually like to use an oil on my skin just to feed my skin and rehydrate my face when I’m sleeping. I use the excess on my neck and hands.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
For me, beauty is a state of a mind and a feeling. I think it comes from a very deep place within. I make myself a priority and I believe strongly in taking care of myself, so I schedule my workouts like I schedule everything else in my life. I try to work out four to six times a week – not just for my body, but also for my mind. I drink a lot of water. I design a healthy eating plan for myself, but I also enjoy what I eat. I love fresh, colorful, healthy foods and I love to cook. I also sometimes give myself a break and splurge. But one of the reasons why I work out so hard is so that I can also enjoy different types of cuisine. So I would say sweat, workout, eat and drink wine is probably a good formula.
What workouts do you love? Which don’t you get?
I believe in working to fatigue, working to burn and working past the burn, so anything that doesn’t challenge my mind, body and soul, and make me sweat, I’m not into. I teach a booty burn class that’s sort of a rhythmic mind body integration – it’s a little bit of mat work, a lot of core work, and a body sculpting booty lifting workout.
I also love SoulCycle because I like to let music take me on a journey and I need an extreme sweat. Recently, I started hot yoga. On some days, I’ll push myself to the limit and I’ll do a double workout, however, I do believe that an intense, less-than-one-hour, sweaty challenge, is really all anybody needs.
What foods and drinks are best and worst for skin?
Water, water, water. It’s important to stay hydrated. I drink a lot of lemon water, and a lot of green tea. I try to avoid fried foods and saturated fats for a number of reasons, but they’re definitely not good for the skin. I try to keep it fresh and healthy and eat often to keep my metabolism working throughout the day. I don’t really believe that particular foods are necessarily great for the skin, although avocados are great for the skin and hair. I do believe in fish oils and sometimes I’ll put a 3-6-9 Omega oil in my morning shakes.
What are a few go-to weeknight recipes for your children?
My children fortunately have a great palate although, my son is more challenging to cook for. One of my favorite go-to recipes is a dish that Roma Downey and I prepared for a holiday episode of my show. It’s a roasted chicken that takes five minutes to prepare. It’s literally olive oil, salt and pepper and some great herbs. I love that dish, and my family loves it too. I love to put root vegetables with it, maybe garlic, onions, carrots, and potatoes in the bottom of the pan. Sometimes I’ll also do a sweet potato, quinoa or rice for the children to eat with that. It’s a really good, basic, full meal for the whole family.
Your go-to snacks…
Popcorn because I crave salty and crunchy. I love Popchips. I love homemade hummus (my recipe here) and veggies. I sort of crave a caffeine pick-me-up mid-afternoon, so sometimes I’ll do an almond milk green tea or an almond milk coffee. I’m obsessed with the cold brew Bulletproof coffee right now that everybody is doing. I like to run high, so for me, a caffeine pick-me-up and something crunchy is a great snack.
What’s always in your bag?
Lip balm, eye moisturizer, a bottle of water, iPhone (with great music on it), and cash.
How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?
I start every morning with a morning shake. You can check out some of my recipes on my blog Modern Mom. I never, ever, ever skip breakfast, even if I’m drinking it in the car, on-the-go. It’s so easy. I use the little bullet and I can make several shakes at the same time for myself and my children. Rain loves almond milk and frozen fruit but for me, I do almond milk, frozen pears, cinnamon, dates, and sometimes some powders.
What are you favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
My favorite cities for food would be LA and New York. In the LA area, I love Nobu in Malibu on the beach. It has the best ambiance, beautiful sushi, and lots of options – even for a non-fish eater. I also love Capo in Santa Monica. It’s cozy; they have a roaring fireplace, amazing food, and a really warm, sexy scene. Casual would be Café Habana in Malibu. It’s great for a brown rice chicken bowl. They have incredible fried manchego cheese kale salads, tacos – you name it. I also love the Tower Bar in Hollywood. It’s old school. It’s swanky. It’s sexy. It has a great vibe and delicious food.
And New York is probably my second favorite city. I love Milos there. I always go there when I’m in the city and I get the branzino, the village salad and the fried zucchini tower. I also love Bobby Flay’s restaurant, Gato, in New York.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ what’s the new potato right now?
I guess I would say #healthylife and #takingcareofme. I really believe it’s a time in which we’re more conscious and put in the effort to be our best selves. So for me, it’s really about a healthy lifestyle. It’s about understanding what we put into our bodies and getting what we give. I work out for so many reasons but I think it makes me a better wife, mother, friend and person. And it enables me to kind of dance through the chaos of my life by doing something for myself and setting up the best opportunity every day.
*Brooke Burke and daughter Rain, photographed at Alice’s Tea Cup in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.