Actress Denise Richards is out shopping with her daughter, she looked cheerful and summery in her light outfit and flip flops on April 29, 2013. Credit: CH / CL / Splash News

Denise Richards may be busy, but she's not too busy to eat! The 42-year-old actress is defending her toned figure after recent reports criticized her for looking too skinny.

"I don't know why lately I've been getting so much flack for it," the mother of three told Extra on Saturday, Apr. 27. "I have a very healthy lifestyle and I'm busy."

Indeed, the single mom to daughters Sam, 9, Lola, 7, and Eloise, 22 months, has been juggling her career and family. While on the set of her new ABC Family TV series, Twisted, on Apr. 29, Richards proved to her critics that she does eat by tweeting a photo of a sprinkle donut. 

"Yum! And yes, I ate it," she captioned the shot. "Craft service. Junk food on set."

That same day, Richards was photographed grocery shopping with Lola. Wearing a cream skirt that showed off her toned legs, the busy mom juggled three bags in one arm while holding hands with her daughter.

Later that night she tweeted a photo of her delicious-looking meal. "Making a late dinner," she said of the meal, which included salmon, artichokes, potatoes and asparagus. "Girls had gymnastics."