I'm A Dietitian. Here's What I Eat In A Typical Day

Sometimes when people find out I’m a registered dietitian and then they see me drinking a glass (or two) of wine or eating a piece of cake they say, “You’re gonna eat that?”

Absolutely. I love kale and chia seeds and hummus. I love them a lot, and most of the time that’s what I enjoy eating. But I also really love a glass of cab or a heavily frosted cupcake or an ice cream cone. There are foods that nourish our bodies and there are foods that nourish our souls. And while food isn’t a way to cope with stress or emotions, food is a source of pleasure. I strongly believe food is meant to both feed us physically and be enjoyed and shared with those we love.

My days are never the same and they’re almost always unpredictable. Between running a private nutrition practice, working as a nurse, and either being in class or clinic as a nurse practitioner student — eating well can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Because perfection isn’t sustainable. So as an registered dietitian, here’s what I eat in a day.

Photo courtesy of the author

8 AM: Breakfast

Photo by Photo courtesy of the author

Most mornings, I eat breakfast right before I leave my apartment to catch the train to class or clinical. It's usually pumpkin buckwheat pancakes with a banana or blueberries, topped with sun butter or almond butter. This combination of carbs, fats, and protein keeps me full all morning.

Article continues below

12 PM: Lunch

Photo by Photo courtesy of the author

During the colder months, I will literally eat a variation of this kale salad every day. At the beginning of the week I roast up a butternut squash, beets, and broccoli, and whip up a super-quick maple Dijon dressing by whisking together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and some Dijon mustard.

Today I ate the salad with a few rice cakes and lentil curry hummus, an apple, and a leftover brownie from last week.

2:30 PM: Snack

Photo by Photo courtesy of the author

I typically get hungry in the afternoon while I’m studying or in between nutrition clients. I usually snack on fruit and nuts or some bar I have in my bag. This day it was two clementines and a mini Larabar.

Article continues below

6 PM: Snack

Photo by Photo courtesy of the author

After work I went to a cycling class. I made a green smoothie right when I got home. My favorite combo is Vega One protein power, frozen banana, frozen organic spinach, and unsweetened almond milk. It’s a great combination of plant protein (plus tons of other nutrients in the powder) and carbohydrates.

I also snacked on a homemade energy ball — I get super-hungry after working out, and these hold me over well from the healthy fats!

8:30 PM: Dinner

Photo by Photo courtesy of the author

My kitchen in New York City is small and there are amazing affordable and healthy food options near me, so I wind up eating out a bit. All the vegetarian options at restaurants is one of my favorite things about the city. Tonight, I went to Beyond Sushi, a vegan sushi spot that serves incredible salads full of fresh ingredients that I would never put together at home. And huge portions for under $10 — win-win.

Article continues below

9:30 PM: Snack

Photo by Photo courtesy of the author

I almost always eat something a little sweet every night. Sometimes it’s just some dark chocolate or a banana and peanut butter. Or sometimes it’s ice cream out. This was caramel sea salt and chocolate chip coconut milk ice cream from Van Leeuwen’s.

Most of my day is filled with fruits and vegetables and other plant foods that make me feel good and energized throughout the day. And the other foods thrown in here and there are what make me feel balanced and healthy all around — because health is so much more than the food on our plates.

Related reads:

Ready to learn more about how to unlock the power of food to heal your body, prevent disease & achieve optimal health? Register now for our FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar with Kelly LeVeque.

Related Posts

Popular Stories

Sites We Love

Functional Nutrition Webinar

Food is Medicine

Food has the power to create a happier and healthier world. Celebrity Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque will show you how.

Get Free Access Now Loading next article...
Sign up for mbg's FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar

Your article and new folder have been saved!