Dinner can be salads with protein in it, or I'll do a grilled or broiled steak or salmon, or baked chicken and a salad, or sautéed asparagus or something like that.
I love crushing almonds or Brazil nuts over my food. There's like lovely little sliced almonds in every bite, and then there's like a cluster of yumminess. I really encourage other women and other people to really put self-care—and that includes the beauty regime, how you eat, all of that—into your body. We just made them shorter because they were too long. Really my beauty regime is about what I put in my body, so it's about getting my sleep and drinking lots of water. Most of the products that I use are either Biologique or Cosmetix. The salad over Christmas that had everybody up in arms was Boston and red leaf—and I'm a farmer's market girl—with shallots, raw goat's cheese, crushed Brazil nuts, and pomegranate. Which, by the way, not to bring it back and be ridiculous, but the crunch on Nourish is top of the line, and in every spoonful—I kid you not—it's like there's some wonderful little Tinkerbell that sliced up almonds. So Instagram goes this way [motioning up and down]; swiping left and right is Tinder? Being on my own for vacation and sleeping and quiet and catching up on books that I never get to read and all that kind of stuff. It's called Self-care of all kinds is a huge part of my life. So my beauty regime is a huge part of how I care for myself. I'm big on hydrating internally and externally, so there's a lot of oils and hydration that I use. I'm the girl on the plane who will go wash my hands, spritz, and add a layer. It's hard to meet friends or new people at the movies, but six o'clock dinner by yourself at the sushi bar is pretty great. I love that kind of landscape, that kind of scenery—the mountains, the rocks. In my job, I'm interacting with people all the time and there's always that. Since I'm not a big drinker I don't have like a, 'This is my go-to wine! star, NAACP Image Award winner, cereal aficionado—still does her own food shopping. I have a facialist that I've been seeing for 20 years now. Literally all of my glow and my skin, I attribute to her. Probably twice a month when I'm working, when I have all that makeup on my skin all the time. I really do have to say that a lot of my beauty regime has to do with what I eat and my sleep. "I actually really love going to the supermarket," says Ross, who recently partnered with Special K on Nourish Your Next, a new initiative celebrating powerful women. When I don't sleep, and [I'm] drinking—like having alcohol when I'm on camera—it just doesn't work.
"What I put in my body gives me fuel to kind of go and be able to make it through a full day or a long day—and how I snack does too, because certain foods taste really good in your mouth, but once they hit your stomach they make you tired.
I eat joyfully, the same way I live."Here, Ross schools us on dining solo, dating without apps, and the secret to her insanely glowy skin. I usually like my body to wake up before I have breakfast.
So a bowl of cereal—but I have to say, my favorite time to eat cereal is in front of the TV at night. This whole thing that cereal is just for breakfast makes me laugh because I think cereal is good for every meal of the day.
But I like a cereal or a protein smoothie for breakfast or a piece of toast with butter or jam.
Then my favorite meals are lunch and early dinner, and I have a lot of variations.
I also like breakfast foods for lunch, like quinoa and eggs—that kind of thing for my second meal.