When Beyoncé ascended the stairs at the Met Gala on May 4, her sheer Givenchy gown made the best-dressed lists — but it was her killer curves that stole the show. Her secret? Marco Borges, 43, the guy who convinced Bey to replace guilty pleasures like fried chicken and pizza with vegan alternatives.
Those recipes and the plant-based diet are the subject of Borges’ new book, The 22-Day Revolution, for which Beyoncé wrote the forward. “It’s based on the idea that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit,” he says, and during that time people can lose up to 22 pounds by exercising daily and eating only fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes and nuts.
BREAKFAST: Chia Pudding With Berries
“This is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids,” says Borges of the meal that Beyoncé has started her day with. “The chia seeds are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb water, which is essential for fat metabolism.”
LUNCH: Thin-Crust Pizza
Borges crafted recipes for some of Bey’s favorite foods, like pizza, so she never feels deprived. “The crust is made with tapioca and brown-rice flour, so it’s gluten-free,” he says. “And it’s topped with cashew cheese, which is delicious and really filling.”
DINNER: Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers
“On average, Americans consume twice as much protein as they need, but not nearly enough fiber,” says Borges. “Things like quinoa are actually a complete source of protein, and when coupled with beans, you have an incredible power punch of nutrients.”
This story originally appeared in the May 30 issue of Billboard.