The foods King Charles eats every day to stay healthy at 73 - Eat This Not That

The foods King Charles eats every day to stay healthy at 73 – Eat This Not That

Rumors abound about King Charles III’s habits when he was Prince of Wales, from the word that he travels with his own toilet seat to stories about how he loves the perfect egg. One thing is certain, the current king of England is very picky about certain things, especially his food.

Former chef to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, and the royal family, Darren McGrady said King Charles was definitely a foodie who needed to know where the food came from. “He was into organic farming 30 years ago…before it was even invented,” McGrady said.

King Charles, like his mother, is very particular about his eating habits. Although we touched on Queen Elizabeth’s daily routine in a previous article, Prince Phillip was also very regimented when it came to taking care of himself – he lived to be 99 after all. It’s safe to say that King Charles has very good genes and learned to take care of himself and what he eats. He does, however, have some interesting quirks and habits that his parents didn’t have when it comes to food, and a few more modern habits.

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Before we talk about what King Charles might eat on a daily basis, it’s important to note that his overall view of food is that it should be seasonal and organic. As McGrady and former royal chef Carolyn Webb note in Marie Claire, “It was all based on what was in season in the garden. During asparagus season, I might serve it three or four times a week. dare not serve asparagus or strawberries in December.”

The family grew produce and raised their own animals on their many properties. The queen and Charles kept bees (who had to be specially informed of his death). The Queen began growing produce at Buckingham Palace, and she loved her wild Scottish strawberries at Balmoral, which she was known to pick herself. Charles also enjoyed looking for wild mushrooms there, as many mushrooms were found on Balmoral’s 50,000 acre estate. According to McGrady, they would be picked, sautéed with herbs, then frozen to be used throughout the year.

Additionally, Charles would avoid meat two days a week and dairy one day a week. “If more did that, you would take the pressure off a lot,” he reportedly said of his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint.

How serious is Charles about sustainability? Apparently he has an old Aston Martin that “rolls” on wine and cheese. In fact, the Aston Martin was converted to run on E85 bioethanol made from by-products of the wine and cheese industries in 2008, according to its own website.

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While, of course, a lot could change now that Charles is king, when he was a prince his day started with a very healthy breakfast. Anecdotes about what it included varied, but it was usually fresh fruit, muesli, or some kind or another whole grain mixed with seeds soaked in fruit juice and tea. McGrady notes in a video that he loved garden plums lightly poached in juice with muesli.

Muesli was invented in Switzerland by a doctor and was a bit like our overnight oats with oats, fruit and seeds or nuts soaked in dairy or fruit juice. The difference between muesli and granola is that, like overnight oats, it is served without the need to cook it.

As a prince, Charles was rumored to carry a breakfast box with him. Former royal chef Graham Newbould, once chef of the royal yacht Britannia, said the box would typically contain around six types of honey, muesli and “anything a bit special that it’s a bit difficult for”. As Charles and his mother were beekeepers, we assume it was his own special honey too!

Eggs weren’t usually included in breakfast, except on weekends, and he didn’t eat them until later in the day.

Prince Charles drinking tea
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Every source, even Charles’ old website before he became king, can guarantee one truth about the current king: he doesn’t eat breakfast. Many outlets reported that King Charles skipped lunch altogether unless it was part of the day’s duty. When Charles turned 70, his website published a list of 70 facts about the prince at the time, and number 20 was simply “The Prince Doesn’t Have Breakfast.” Perhaps he subsists all day on his favorite tea, which is Darjeeling with honey and milk.

Chief Grady supports this, noting that, at least during his tenure, this happened rarely. “There may be lunch, there may be no lunch,” Grady said. “Maybe a sandwich.” Sometimes, if he was painting in the countryside, he would bring a sandwich. One thing the seasoned staff knew, Mashable reports, is that they needed a big breakfast because if Charles had a busy day, there would be no stopping.

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Prince Charles Afternoon Tea
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And those hard-boiled eggs? These would have arrived later in the day, around 5:30 p.m., when Charles sat down for tea. Maybe he would even have them with crumpets, which he would be fond of.

One thing that keeps coming up is how seriously King Charles takes his boiled eggs. Rumors that he had seven eggs prepared in the kitchen which he would choose from for the perfect 3 or 4 minute egg, according to different reports, were false, according to his former publicist, Julian Payne. But, according to Charles’s official personal chef, they were to boil for exactly four minutes, although others report three. Suffice it to say, he was serious about his eggs, and maybe they came from his own chickens, maybe from Highgrove.

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What King Charles doesn’t eat during the day, he makes up for with dinner. These wild mushrooms picked at Balmoral feature prominently in his favorite dinner, which McGrady says is seared lamb served with wild mushroom risotto. Watch McGrady prepare the real dish! He was also known to compose his own dishes with the wild game he hunted. His version of grouse moussaka even had its own special name: groussaka.

If dessert is on the menu, Charles is unlikely to take anything chocolate; unlike his late mother who loved him, he wouldn’t care at all.


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