A nutritionist job is to recommend a variety of balanced food and make sure that you`ll get all the necessary nutrients for optimal results and overall health. But there is something we always wanted to know: What do they eat on a regular basis and what is their choice of “superfoods”? Today we answer these questions:
A good nutrition should always taste good. That`s why citrus fruit is a favorite source of vitamin C. All you need for healthy and easy snacking is a 6 ounce glass of orange juice and one cup of grapefruit segments in a salad the next day.
– Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, nutrition advisor for BestFoodFacts.org and author of The Slim Down South Cookbook
Eggs are an important daily supplement to replenish our body`s source of protein and other good-for-us nutrients like Vitamin B12 and D, selenium, choline and riboflavin. Scrambled eggs for breakfast and only a slice of hard-boiled egg on a salad for lunch. You can even eat at as a snack with some veggies on the side.
– Toby Amidor, MS, RD, author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.
What is a good breakfast without some oatmeal? Add some swirl of almond butter, chia seeds and warm milk in your bowl of oatmeal and you`ll get a “health bomb” with some protein, calcium and fiber to kick off your day.
– Bonnie Taub, Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It
Many researches have shown that this magical spice can fight inflammation better than anti-inflammatory OTC drug. Turmeric is especially vital for all who are physically active because it prolongs the time they can stay in a “full of life” state. It is also a powerful ally in the fight against cancer; it can improve liver function, lower cholesterol and prevent inflammatory bowel diseases. Just put 2 teaspoons in your daily smoothie and you are good to go.
– Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, CSSD, Sports Dietitian
In a sandwich, alongside an omelet or just as a part of a pasta dish, no day should pass by without a tomato. Tomatoes are packed with vitamin C and perfect for adding volume to a meal without many calories.
– Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet
Only one ounce of at least 70% high quality chocolate may reduce the risk of potential heart diseases, stroke and decrease high blood pressure. So there is nothing wrong to put dark chocolate on your daily repertoire of favorite foods. Make sure you go for a square of at least 70% cocoa, but there is nothing wrong in enjoying an occasional 85% topped with a small spoon of peanut butter.
– Holley Grainger, MS, RD, culinary nutritionist
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and Seeds are a great source of protein, healthy fats and fiber which are perfect for all who eat mostly plant-based protein. There are many ways you can include them in your daily meals like stirring them in your oatmeal, using them as sandwich spreads, spreading them onto your dark chocolate, in sandwiches or salads.
– Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, Author of The Flexitarian Diet
If you are not a fan of raw veggie than hummus is the way to go. If you can, try to get in for serving per day. This creamy dip is perfect for boosting the flavor of your favorite veggies. As an added bonus you get some extra fiber and protein in your system.
– Jim White RD, ACSM HFI, spokesman for Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios
Did you know that blueberries are on the top of the chart for antioxidants compared to other fruits? With only 80 calories in 1 cup it delivers around 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber. The synrgy found in blueberries protects our hart and strengthens the cells against cancer attack. Always store some in you fridge during summer so you won’t miss them in winter months.
– Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, Food & Nutrition Expert
Hot Water With Lemon
I bet at least half of you are always starting your day with a nice steamy cup of coffee. I would really like you to consider swapping it with a hot water and some lemon. Why? Because the lemon water will gently wake up your digestive system and prep your body for the day. The lemon is not only for flavor but it’s also a great anti-inflammatory and immune boosting nutrient.
– Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, (Nourish.Breathe.Thrive)