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Robin Quivers of ‘The Howard Stern Show’ Is Vegan at Per Se

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At Gordon Ramsay at the London: "I juice every morning and use nutritional supplements."Photo: Melissa Hom

Howard Stern’s perennial sidekick Robin Quivers used to pig out on Roy Rogers with him after the show, but in the past six months she has switched to a vegan diet. “I was having trouble with discomfort, lack of energy…when I discovered fasting all these things went away.” Her co-workers mock her, despite the fact that she’s lost sixty pounds in six months, but no matter. “I sometimes say to them, ‘You’re the guys who can’t make it through the show. By 9:30 a.m., you’re falling asleep. I seem to be fine.” We asked her to sell us on a life without meat and cheese.

Saturday, April 5
I sleep in later because I stay up late on Friday night. I juice every morning and use nutritional supplements. I get green juices from Liquiteria, an organic juice bar on 11th and Second. I sometimes give them my own recipe, and other times I use recipes from medical nutritionists — with beets, celery, apple juice, carrots, cabbage.

I juice most of the day. For lunch I’ll have another juice — usually of kale and romaine and apple and lemon, along with a green salad. I’ll add green peppers and cucumbers and mushrooms, sometimes tomatoes with a lot of baby greens. I don’t eat a lot of fruit, and I’m not a big fan of green beans, but I like green leafy vegetables like broccoli or asparagus.

Dinner will be grilled vegetables. Sometimes, I may be out to dinner and have a little pasta with vegetables or a risotto. I’ve gotten chefs to make me a risotto with olive oil instead of butter and cheese and then putting in some vegetables. I go to Per Se at least two, three, four times a year — I go out to Napa a lot, so I know them from the French laundry. They have a vegan tasting menu. You have to ask about it. Cru does an incredible job with a vegan tasting menu.

Sunday, April 6
I had the vegetable juice. Howard and I shared diet information years ago. We used to have the same diet for a long while, but I became a vegan in the summer. I have a Magic Bullet [blender] in my office, and I put in these nutritional powders containing wheat grass and alfalfa in my juices. [Other cast members] look at it and say, “I can’t imagine surviving on that or even wanting to.”

For lunch, pretty much the same — I had a fruit smoothie with berries and coconut water.

And I had grilled vegetables. I have a lot of people now coming up to me because I’ve changed drastically, saying, “What’s your secret?” When I tell them, they say, “Ugh, never mind.”

Monday, April 7
On weekdays, I get up about 4 a.m. I spring out of bed. I have a lot of energy, and I really don’t need coffee to wake me. I don’t eat till I come to work.

I had a salad for lunch. Before I go to the gym, I go to Metro Café or Europa, and you get the greens and you take them over and they add whatever you want. I have the smallest amount of dressing I can get them to put on it.

I try to stay away from white flour, but every once in a while I'll indulge myself. I love soft pretzels — especially Aunt Annie’s.

I had grilled vegetables for dinner.

Tuesday, April 8
I had my vegetable juice in the morning. Then I had green salad.

For dinner, I was out with friends, and we went to Zona Rosa. I had them make a vegetarian gordita without the sour cream and cheese. I go to the Beacon a lot, and Nobu, of course, Café Gray, Le Cirque, The Four Seasons

Wednesday, April 9
I had my vegetable juice in the morning.

I had a salad from Metro Café before I went to the gym.

I had a smoothie after I worked out at the Reebok Gym — they have a juice bar and smoothie center.

For dinner, I had grilled vegetables from room service [at the London]. Right now, I’m waiting for my apartment to be ready— I’m moving to the Upper West Side. I’ve been living at my house on the shore on the weekends. I moved to Staten Island because I was in a relationship. That relationship ended, so I’m moving back into the city because that’s where a single girl should be.

Robin Quivers will host a charity dinner for Healing Bridges at the Rainbow Room on April 17. More information can be found here.

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