five foods nutritionists eat every day

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Most of us, no matter how varied our diet is, eat some of the same foods every single day. (I, for example, eat a LOT of eggs!) So I reached out to some of my favorite Dietitians and Nutritionists to find out what they’re eating every day! Their answers aren’t necessarily surprising, but I love the ideas on how to incorporate these foods into your diet. (It’s time to stock up on greek yogurt!)

 

Plain nonfat Greek yogurt is my go-to food. I eat it with fruits and nuts for breakfast, use it to make dips for veggies, and stir it with various mix-ins like shredded coconut and honey or peanut butter and jelly, to make dessert. It’s a great source of calcium and protein, and at 100 calories per serving, it’s a real calorie bargain too!

Samantha B. Cassetty, MS, RD
Nutrition Director, Good Housekeeping Research Institute
@nutritionistsam

 

Cruciferous vegetables. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choy, Brussels sprouts – I eat at least one of these veggies every day. Along with their vitamin and mineral content, they are loaded with phytonutrients that are known cancer-fighters. I like to use them in cooking because they hold up well in vegetable stir-fries, on pizzas and in pasta. They also add a great crunch to salads. The best part about these veggies is that they are fall, winter and spring crops so when fresh summer produce is scarce they are almost always available.

Lori Rice, MS
Nutritionist & Freelance Writer
fakefoodfree.com

 

Since I eat a mostly plant-based diet, I rely on plant proteins every single day. At least one meal a day I feast on beans or lentils. Sometimes I sprinkle chickpeas on my salad, other times I have a pinto bean burrito with veggies for lunch, or I will make a thick bean stew for dinner.  They supply me with protein, as well as slow-burning carbs, vitamins, minerals and lots of fiber.

Sharon Palmer, RD
sharonpalmer.com

 

I definitely believe that everyone needs a varied diet and that you shouldn’t focus on just one particular food or food group, but my day just doesn’t feel complete if I don’t eat some kind of fresh leafy green. There is just something about eating a nice cold salad that makes me feel so good and healthy inside. Whether it consists of romaine lettuce, kale or mixed greens, a fresh salad is something I strive to include in my diet every day.

Ben Troung, RD

 

It’s hard to pinpoint one single food that I eat every day (other than my desperately-needed morning cup of coffee), but if I had to choose one, I’d pick low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt – and for many reasons. For starters, it satisfies my sweet tooth without packing on unhealthy fat and calories and it’s a great source of protein and calcium. I often layer it with fresh fruit, toasted nuts, and whole grain cereal (AKA, parfait style). Greek yogurt is filling because it has double the protein of regular yogurt, and it has a rich and creamy texture which I love. I use it as a mayonnaise replacement in recipes like chicken salad, add it to fruit smoothies, and use it in baked goods like muffins and quick breads. It hits the spot!

Liz Weiss, MS, RD
Founder, Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen
Author, No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms
Co-creator of new recipe app, Meal Makeovers

 

What foods do you eat every day? 

 

daily eats: 9.22.13 {weekend edition}

If you were to solely read my daily eats posts, you might think I eat really healthy. All the time.

But it’s not necessarily the whole story. Sure, I love kale, salads and green juice but I also LOVE and I mean LOVE cheeseburgers. And pizza. And ramen. And obviously cheese. (If you follow me on instagram you might see some of these fun meals!) So my typical “daily eats” posts might not necessarily be so typical. It’s also worth noting that they are usually done on Mondays, which is usually a pretty “healthy” day for me in terms of meals and exercise – but not all days are that “healthy.”

So for this daily eats post, I wanted to give you a glimpse of a not-so-healthy day. A day where I may have had too much wine the night before. A day where I don’t exercise. A day where the only vegetable I eat might be a pickle. A lovely, lazy day. :)

workout: uhhh, what?! Saturday night was a late (and ahem, fun) night at my cousin’s 50th Birthday Party. But yeah, working out was not on the agenda. By the way, I think they say 50 is the new 40, but I think 50 is the new 30.

breakfast: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2 with a side of napping and the Packers game. DD has a new “bakery line” and while I didn’t care for the caramel coffee cake (or whatever flavor it was) the old fashioned donut is pretty good. Love Dunkin.

snack: amy’s nacho snacks + salsa. I told Richie these would be better if they were smothered in cheese and dipped in beans. The fillings were seriously lacking.

late lunch: mexican coke + an IPA + a pickle plate + truffle fries + cheesy tots + burgers at Umami Burger. We roamed around The Grove after lunch to find new covers for our phones with no luck. Where do you buy iphone covers?

dinner: fresh spring rolls + steak bun. I needed summer rolls on Sunday night (I’ve told you before that when I get a craving, nothing else will satisfy) so we grabbed some Vietnamese in our neighborhood for dinner. Yes, I’m addicted to eating out. Please send help.

So there you have it. Sometimes those “lazy” days are just what you need…and I actually got a few vegetables in!

daily eats: 8.5.13 {bikini edition}

So. I’m leaving for Jamaica this week. And like most, I vainly want to look good in my bikini uniform that I plan on wearing the entire trip. So what do I do when I’m looking to lose a few pounds/flatten my belly?

  • Bump up the workouts a bit
  • Decrease the refined carbs and flour
  • Build meals mainly around protein and vegetables

Because eating out is one of my obsessions/favorite things to do, I planned a few healthy dinners out at Chop Stop, Malibu Fish Grill and Chipotle which helped to break up the protein + vegetable dinners. I haven’t lost any weight but I think my stomach is a little flatter…

workout: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes walking hills on the treadmill

coffee: dunkin donuts hazelnut k-cup (Why aren’t they available to buy online?! My Mom had to ship from WI.) + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: flapjacked protein pancakes. I’ve mentioned these before, and I’m still loving them. I top mine with a touch of maple syrup + almond butter.

coffee 2: I’ve started an unfortunate cold-pressed iced coffee concentrate obsession. It’s another expensive habit that I really don’t need…but it’s fun. And delicious.  I mix a  few ounces concentrate + 1/3 cup 2% milk + splash of 1/2 & 1/2.

lunch: salad with chicken. I topped a bunch of salad greens with mushrooms + shredded carrots + tomatoes + sunflower seeds + dried cranberries + roasted chicken (side note: I tried the roasted, sliced chicken from trader joe’s – totally paying for convenience but I’m a fan) and a blue-cheese vinaigrette.

snack: carrots + cheese stick + almonds that I didn’t end up eating

walk: I was planning on a quick barre3 workout when I got home, but I ended up chatting on the phone, not getting on the bus and walking home from work. Four slow miles.

dinner: I annoy myself with dinners sometimes. Ok, a lot. I always have things planned and then I change my mind. Tonight was supposed to be chicken + cucumber noodles with a peanut sauce. I didn’t want that and decided meatballs sounded good. Then I realized the marinara sauce had mold and I had no canned tomatoes (another side note: who doesn’t have any canned tomatoes?!) so I settled for turkey meatballs with a bit of parmesan + kale & chard sauteed in ghee + sauteed grape tomatoes.

Oh, and a splash of wine!

dessert: one square dark chocolate

approximate nutrition stats: 1,712 calories, 80 grams fat (41%), 146 grams carbohydrates (33%), 38 grams fiber, 51 grams sugar, 115 grams protein (26%)

See you back in LA! I’ll probably be instagramming up a storm…I apologize in advance. :)

daily eats: 7.8.13

Hi! How was your 4th of July?

We had an amazing, amazing weekend complete with hikes, time at the pool, brunch with a friend from college, an 11th birthday party, a night out with friends, 1800 meals out (seriously) and a day at the beach in Malibu. Sunday was spent catching up on work, laundry and getting ready for the week. It was one of those weekends that just felt perfect. I wasn’t really ready to go back to work, but I’m almost ready to send my fall newsletter to the printer so I’m anxious to complete that project.

workout: 25 minutes physique 57 dvd

coffee: with 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: 2 slices almond paleo bread with a touch of earth balance + egg scramble (1 egg + egg whites + kale + kalamta olives + feta). This was the second paleo bread I’ve tried, and I like the almond so much more than the coconut variety. The bread is made out of almond meal, coconut flour, egg whites (among other things) and each slice has 60 calories, 6 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber and 7 grams protein.

lunch: was via my fit foods. I think I’ve mentioned my fit foods before, but not in much detail. They sell “fresh, healthy meals that are designed to increase energy levels and help you lose weight safe and naturally.” I’m a big fan of almost everything I’ve tried and the convenience factor is amazing. It is a little pricey (lunches run about $9-$11) but they have promotions on a regular basis. I do wish the meals had more vegetables, this one in particular (lean lemon turkey) is especially lacking.

So I rounded it out with some carrots and celery on the side and a small chocolate chip cookie made with zucchini that a co-worker brought in.

workout 2: was supposed to be a run or elliptical at the gym but I didn’t get home until almost 8pm, and the gym was most definitely out of the question. So I did what any normal person would do…

snack: …had a glass of wine, some peanuts and made brownies! ;)

dinner(s): have been really basic lately, tonight’s “freezer” menu was salmon burgers with horseradish aioli + vegetables with a touch of parmesan.

dessert: I had to taste the brownies that I’m taking over to a friend. Obviously.

approximate nutrition stats: 1713 calories, 76 grams fat (42%), 141 grams carbohydrates (34%), 26 grams fiber, 52 grams sugar, 98 grams protein (24%)

P.S. I get eyelash extensions today!!!