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7 Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Healthy Foods

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Taisiia Dobrozorova
Written by Taisiia Dobrozorova

Taisiia Dobrozorova is a nutrition and fitness writer at Unimeal and a healthy lifestyle devotee. She has accomplished several courses on health, nutrition, dietology.

on September 19, 2022

Queen Elizabeth's funeral will be held today, on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey. The event will take place at the end of an official 10-day period of mourning.

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Let us recall that Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, peacefully died on September 8, at Balmoral (her Scottish estate), aged 96. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and reigned for 70 years.

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Her Majesty had access to the globe's best, highest quality food ingredients throughout her lifetime. All her meals were prepared by a team of world-class chefs with head Darren McGrady. Nevertheless, Elizabeth II preferred traditional British and French cuisine, was not a fan of delicacies and didn't experiment with new tastes and ingredients. The only unallowed food on Queen's plate was garlic, and she had never ordered fast food! We decided to highlight 7 favorite foods of Her Majesty. We are sure that proper daily nutrition helped her live a long and healthy life!

Earl Grey Tea 

Every Queen's morning started with a pot of Earl Grey tea with milk and no sugar. It's British traditional bergamot-scented black tea. Elizabeth's devotion made it the fifth most popular tea flavor globally. Earl Grey is a perfect energy booster similar to coffee, without some side effects. Adding a piece of lemon to a cup of Earl Grey tea will increase your metabolism to quicken the weight-loss process.

Dark Chocolate

It's no secret that Queen was a chocoholic. "It has to be the dark chocolate; the darker the better. She wasn't keen on milk chocolate or white chocolate.", - comments chef Darren McGrady.  

Except for fruits and non-sugar desserts, dark chocolate is the best healthy option if you are looking for smth sweet. It's packed full of important minerals, including iron, magnesium (for good sleep), zinc (for immunity), copper, and phosphorus (for healthy bones and teeth).

Fish and Seafood

Queen preferred to dine alone. She could eat the same meal daily and order grilled or poached fish served with salad, spinach, and zucchini. She also skipped pastas, potatoes, and grains for freshly cooked vegetables. Elizabeth's preferred wild salmon fished from the River Dee at Balmoral Castle.  

Let us remind you that salmon fish is an excellent source of protein, minerals, healthy fatty acids (including omega-3), and essential vitamins for women's bodies, such as B12, B6, folic acid, and niacin. 

On her Majesty's menu were also several dishes made from fish and seafood (except oysters). For example, Gleneagles pâté with trout, mackerel, and smoked salmon. She also ordered tuna sandwiches for lunch and loved Morecambe Bay potted shrimp on toast.


Queen Elizabeth was very fond of a Sunday roast – a British dish, which is a specifically great big piece of roast meat. She preferred well-done beef (you can also use poultry or lamb, according to your preference). The roast was served with some lettuce and cucumber with a little mint or some grated carrot and coriander.

The same as fish, beef is a source of protein and provides essential vitamins - niacin, riboflavin, and vitamins B6 and B12. These elements help reduce tiredness. Beef is also a source of iron which helps the immune system work.

Cheddar Cheese

Elizabeth's favorite cheese is crafted Cathedral City Cheddar, made on a family-run farm for over 50 years. Made from fresh milk, sourced from dedicated farms in Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset counties in the South West of England. Of course, it automatically became the most loved cheddar in the UK. 

Each 1-ounce serving of cheddar cheese, about 1 slice, contains 7 grams of complete protein, or 14% of the daily value for protein. It also provides essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. 


According to Royal biographer Katie Nicholl, cucumber triangle sandwiches with the crusts cut off were a must for afternoon tea. Buttered bread is topped with thin slices of cucumber, added dash of salt, and a squirt of lemon juice. 

Cucumbers are low in calories and made up of about 96% water. This vegetable is high in nutrients and contains antioxidants.


Queen Elizabeth II preferred a bowl of Kellogg's corn flakes with seasonal fresh fruits for daily breakfast, especially with added strawberries. These organic berries were grown in Queen's summer residence Balmoral Castle (the same where she rested in peace). In high strawberries season, royal chef McGrady also prepared a special jam which was used after for sweet afternoon sandwiches. 

Packed with vitamins and fiber, strawberries protect the heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. About eight strawberries (one serving) provide more vitamin C than an orange.

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