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What a Dietitian Eats in a Day

Elizabeth Hurley MS, RD, LDN, CSCS

Typically, when people hear me say I am a dietitian/nutritionist, they immediately say, “don’t judge my order!” or “I bet you eat so healthy!” So we wanted break it down and show what a Noom Registered Dietitian really eats in a day (spoiler alert: It’s not what you might think!). One thing to remember before you read on – everyone is different and a healthy diet can come in so many different forms! The two key items I keep in mind when meal planning are balance and time.  I want to enjoy my meals (balance), but I also need things to be quick and easy!

Breakfast

My go to breakfast is overnight oats and a matcha latte. Overnight oats are filling (I’m all about some fiber), quick, and super easy to modify to keep things exciting throughout the week! Here is a good base recipe for overnight oats.  My favorite add in is ½ tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to give the oats a “fall” flavor.  Top them with some fruit and chopped nuts or nut butter to make it a little more hearty; I love blueberries and almond butter!  If you’re a self proclaimed coffee lover and have never tried matcha I highly recommend giving it a try! I used to only drink coffee but decided to change things up and now I’m hooked on matcha lattes.  

Lunch

For lunch, I almost always have a salad topped with a protein and carbohydrate.  One of my favorite combinations is Salsa Crock Pot Chicken + romaine + cherry tomatoes + bell pepper + quinoa + black beans + avocado + salsa for dressing.  It tastes like a taco salad or burrito bowl and is super easy to prep in bulk for the whole week!

Snacks

Apple with almond butter is my go to in the afternoon.  All the fiber in the apple and healthy fat in the nut butter keeps me full until dinner and satisfies the after lunch sweet tooth! I also love air popped or stove popped popcorn as a fun, crunchy snack.  I like to put black pepper, rosemary, and nutritional yeast (to taste) on my popcorn for flavor. When I’m on the go I usually grab some sort of fruit and nut based bar to keep me going.

Dinner

My favorite dinner is a bunless beef or turkey burger + homemade baked sweet potato fries + baked kale chips.  For dinner, I try to stick to a protein + veggie side + complex carbohydrate side (like quinoa or sweet potato) most nights of the week, but I do occasionally enjoy a slice of homemade pizza with a side salad.  It’s all about balance!

Dessert

Any other Noomers out there chocoholics?! I love anything chocolate.  Most nights if I am wanting something sweet I have a couple squares of 70% dark chocolate and maybe some fresh fruit.  Sometimes I indulge in ice cream or chocolate chip cookies (two of my favorites) but I try to limit this to special occasions or events! My biggest dessert tip is if you are a “dessert lover,” plan it into your week/day; if it’s something you enjoy it may not be realistic to give it up for the long haul.  

Want to meal prep some of the ideas above but not sure how to get started? Check out Noom’s Meal Prep 101 Guide.