Princess Anne eats a healthy diet to ensure she feels energised throughout the day. She leads an active lifestyle and isn’t afraid to snack when feeling hungry. What are her other secrets to staying slim and healthy?
According to former royal chef Darren McGray, Anne enjoys eating fruit, including bananas, for breakfast.
However, the kind of bananas Anne likes are almost stale.
“Princess Anne almost always preferred the bananas almost black – overripe – because they digest easier,” the chef told TODAY.
Overripe bananas are in fact healthier than green or yellow ones as, when a banana starts to go out of date, all the starch and chlorophyll in the fruit breaks down into sugar.
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This means the antioxidant levels in the banana have increased.
“A full brown banana is an antioxidant powerhouse,” according to research published in an article on Spoon University.
A banana may be Anne’s breakfast choice, but throughout the day, the royal likes to snack on another fruit: a kiwi.
According to her daughter, Zara Tindall, the 72-year-old always carries a kiwi fruit with her and eats it when her energy levels are low.
Matt Boyles, the CEO and founder of Fitter Confident You previously told Express.co.uk: “The Princess Royal has cut a slim, trim figure for as long as I can remember – even back to It’s a Royal Knockout in the 1980s!
“She has always been active too, both professionally with regular royal engagements and personally, with her love of horse riding.
“Getting active at an early age is one of the best ways to still be in shape in your 70s and beyond!
“To support and strengthen her posture I would believe she has regularly done yoga or Pilates – both excellent at strengthening your core (which holds you upright), reducing back ache (from all that standing she does!) and improving posture, preventing her shoulders from rounding,” the expert claimed.
In terms of exercise, Matt added: “A true equestrian, Anne is absolutely still horse-riding, and rode at Trooping of the Colour during the Platinum Jubilee. Horse-riding is excellent exercise, working the entire body – especially the core.
“While she may not be going all out at racing or show-jumping, even a gentle canter is a great workout at any age, and it shows with her great physique and posture. To complement this, she may well be doing regular yoga or Pilates and I’d be surprised if she isn’t lifting weights in some way.
“This is truly the greatest health-giving exercise we can do, and can be started at any age to build strength, confidence, balance, coordination and overall fitness.
“If you’re starting out, get the sign-off of a health professional first and seek the support of a qualified Personal Trainer who can guide you through the components and give you a solid grounding,” the expert opined.