A Day in the Food Life of Joe Manganiello

Find out what HBO's True Blood actor, Joe Manganiello eats (and eats!) in a day.
Joe Manganiello

To portray supernatural werefolf Alcid on HBO's True Blood, the chiseled 6'5" actor fills his time in L.A. with grueling workouts, sporty downtime and protein-packed eating -- lots and lots of eating!

Rise and shine!

7:15 a.m.
I wake up at the same time every day to get to the gym. I work out six days a week to look like Alcide: big and strong, but light on his feet and agile like a werewolf

7:25 a.m.
Before heading out, I mix granola with Fage plain greek yogurt and have a glass of water with Gold Standard whey protein, which builds my strength for training.

8 a.m
I work out with my trainer, and it's completely brutal. We do Olympic-style lifting, box jumps, lunges and overhead push-presses. I train like a pro-athlete, not like an actor who's just trying to look pretty.

9 a.m.
For a half hour after the workout, I have to resist throwing up! When I recover, I mix another protein drink to get my energy back up.

10:15 a.m.
I go to my favorite diner in L.A. for a second breakfast. I always order the same thing: an egg-white omelet with ham, peppers and feta cheese, a little cup of fruit and black coffee with Splenda.

11 a.m.
It's time for my second workout. At home, I run on the treadmill for a half hour, breaking into sprints every 60 seconds. Once I'm done, I shower and try to catch a 20-minute power nap.

12:20 p.m.
I tweet my #SOTD (song of the day), an acoustic version of "Back to Back" by Wolf Gang. I'm a big music-head, and this might be the most beautiful song I've ever heard.

2:15 p.m.
On the way to the True Blood set, I stop at Koo Koo Roo. I get two chicken breasts -- oven-roasted, no the fattening rotisserie! -- with corn and green beans. I also order six baked buffalo chicken wings with hot sauce.

3:00 p.m.
I'm in the makeup chair for 2 minutes total. Then I poke my head into the hair trailer and ask, "What do you think?" Then say, "Great," and that's it.

3:05 p.m.
I'm shooting an emotional scene today with Anna Paquin, so I go into the zone. I don't like to be distracted between takes, so I don't email or text during the day. It's a fun set, but you don't want to be laughing when you have to cry for the next six hours.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner is at Global Cuisine on the studio lot. Chef Gary Arabia knows my order as soon as I walk in: Italian-style salmon with leafy green vegetables -- full of nutrients! -- and a cup of coffee. It's my daily special.

8 p.m.
They work us pretty solid on set, but I get a few minutes in my trailer, so I put on ESPN's SportsCenter. I have it on in the background constantly. A good day is when I get to watch highlights for the fourth time in a row. I'm a Steelers fan, and I've got to keep up with the team.

10:15 p.m.
I'm done filming for the day. When I get home, I eat a couple of sugar-free Popsicles for dessert while I catch up on email. When I'm training for True Blood, I don't eat any sugar except for some fruit here and there. So it's no sugar, no bread, no real carbs all day.

11:30 p.m.
I'm really craving chicken and waffles from Roscoe's, but it's not allowed on my diet. Instead, I go for one more glass of whey protein before I just crush out. I gotta get up and do it all again tomorrow!

Good night, Joe!

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