Rev. Al Sharpton’s daily meal is kale salad


Not even Sylvia’s famous soul food can get the Rev. Al Sharpton to break his strict one meal a day diet of “kale salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers.”

The reverend was spotted at the iconic Harlem eatery last weekend, and he told us he brought his own kale salad, “cuz’ I know they don’t have kale there,” he said.

Sharpton told us he started eating one meal a day “about four years ago.”

“I eat around noon every day, and that’s it. I have the salad and at night, I may have one slice of whole wheat toast because my doctor said I have to have some kind of protein,” he said.

Sharpton was at Sylvia’s celebrating with his daughter Dominique, who was recently eliminated from the celebrity reality show, “Claim to Fame,” in which contestants guess over celebrity connections or offspring.

Dominique Sharpton, Al Sharpton and Ashley Sharpton.
Sharpton, pictured here with his daughter Dominique (left) and Ashley (right), recently celebrated Dominique’s run on reality show “Claim to Fame.”

“[Watching her on TV] was surreal… they had no idea who she was,” he gushed. “I never wanted my kids to be just Al Sharpton’s daughter. I wanted her to be on her own, and she’s doing that,” he said.

Sharpton and Dominique were wrapping up a rally in Harlem for his National Action Network organization, when Rev. Jessie Jackson surprised them and suggested, “we take Dominique out,” Sharpton said.

Sharpton pictured with Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson celebrated with Sharpton’s daughters at Sylvia’s.
Bennett Raglin

He then called the restaurant and asked if he could bring his kale salad. Sharpton quipped, “they broke soul food etiquette,” by letting him in with the dish.

“But, we went over to Sylvia’s, and they ordered all the soul food they wanted and I ate my kale salad,” he said.

Al Sharpton in 1993
Sharpton in 1993. He said he weighed 305 pounds at his heaviest. He is now down to 132 pounds.
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Working out and eating kale has helped Sharpton stay lean.

“At my height — maybe 15 years ago — I weighed 305 pounds. Today, I’m 132 pounds. I just made up my mind, and I just did it. Cold turkey,” he said.



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