Brooke Burke-Charvet has been a TV host, model, clothing designer and more, but the thing she's most proud of is being a mom and wife.
The 43-year-old mother of four, who has balanced an impressive career with raising a large family, seems to live by the sought-after mantra of "having it all." And despite her hectic schedule, the brunette beauty has managed to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle — and an enviable body.
"It's just about making the right choices," Burke-Charvet tells TODAY.com. "I don't believe in these no-carb, trendy Hollywood diets. I think eating often and making good choices and making sure you give yourself room to enjoy as well is key."
TODAY.com caught up with Burke-Charvet, a spokesperson for Hillshire Farm, as she helped kick off the Hillshire Farm Naturals "Summer Love It" Tour. While you might think she's able to eat healthy meals and achieve that six-pack because she's a celebrity and has help, Burke-Charvet says that couldn't be further from the truth.
"I love to cook, so I don't employ anyone to cook for me," she says. "And I don't work out for two hours a day because I'm a working mom and don't have time."
While she might not have a traditional job, Burke-Charvet says her approach will work for any busy mom. "I think it's really easy to have a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food if you just experiment," she notes. "I never skimp on flavor and I eat really well. I really believe in eating and finding things your belly enjoys."
One of her go-to recipes is actually a simple sandwich. "I take a fresh whole wheat bread, sliced really thin and toasted. Then we'll put an avocado, a slice of cheese and ham and we'll make these sort of gourmet sandwiches in two minutes," she says. "It doesn't have to have 15 ingredients and half an hour of prep time. I have to knock out a meal for a really hungry family."
The television personality also recommends marinating food in the morning so that it's ready to bake when you get home.
"I make a garlic roasted chicken, which my family loves," says Burke-Charvet. "It's literally olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, rosemary and a lot of whole garlic. I roast it with the chicken for a couple of hours and it's great. I think you can discover 5-minutes-or-less recipes; it doesn't have to be super fancy."
When it comes to her workouts, Burke-Charvet's approach is much like her philosophy about cooking. She aims for quick sessions — 4-5 times a week for about an hour. "I try to do Soul Cycle one to two times a week and I also teach a class in Malibu called 'Booty Burn,'" she says. "It's a mind, body, spirit, rhythmic integrated workout that's body lifting and sculpting. I do that, if I'm not working, three times a week."
And not only does the actress think physical activity is good for the body, but taking that hour of personal time is important as well. "When I work out it's a good hour of 'me' time," she says. "That's something every mom needs."