Carrie Underwood Reveals What She Eats On Show Days
“My show days are very regimented,” she says.
Carrie Underwood; Photo by John Russell, CMA
Carrie Underwood is a woman of routine and that certainly rings true for her show days.
After wrapping up a run of shows in Las Vegas for her buzzed-about REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, and headlining performances at festivals like Stagecoach and CMA Fest, Underwood dished on her pre-show routine and even shared what she eats before taking the stage.
“My show days are very regimented – I have a schedule, I know my schedule, I like my schedule, she revealed when speaking with Katie Neal on the Audacy Check In. “I basically eat the same things on show days… right before we go on, we kind of hang out – me and the band – you know, just laugh. I have such a great band. They’re great guys and girls and everybody’s funny – we just have great hangs together. So, we hang out, we say a prayer, then we go out and do our thing.”
When asked to elaborate on her what she eats before a show, Underwood shared, “I usually eat like these bars for breakfast. They can be different flavors, but they’re like raw and nut butter kind of based. Lunches are maybe some tu-no – not tuna, because I don’t eat meat. Something like that or I always eat like Lupini beans, and hummus and veggies are always on the menu.”
For the most important meal of the day, dinner, Underwood sticks to a meal that will give her enough energy to perform.
“For dinner, on show days… I eat two scrambled eggs and half an avocado,” she said. “You get to a point where it’s like, if I eat ‘off script’ in that context — in life, it’s fine — but in that context, it’s like… if your body doesn’t process it as well or makes you kind of bloaty or makes you feel slow or whatever it is. It’s like, I know what that’s going to do and it’s good, healthy fats and protein and it gets me through the show without making me feel like I just ate a lot of food.”
After releasing her much-anticipated new album, Denim & Rhinestones, which became her 10th consecutive career Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year is preparing to hit the road on her Denim & Rhinestones Tour. She said her time in Vegas has her feeling better than ever when she’s on stage.
“I feel like being in Vegas and having that show is such a confidence booster as a performer… I feel like some switch flipped and now being on stage is just even more fun than ever…I feel like there’s a lot of things I can take from what we did in Vegas, but overall it’s just wanting to get out there and just feeling like that’s more my happy place than it’s ever been before.”
The Denim & Rhinestones Tour, featuring special guest Jimmie Allen, kicks off on October 15 in Greenville, South Carolina, and runs through the Spring of 2023.
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