We ask 5 nutritionists what's really on their daily menu.
But for every action (often in the form of a new supplement or cleanse), there's an equal and opposite reaction—usually serious hangry rage-blackouts. So, to help us clear the haze of our rebellious carb-overdose, we asked 5 ultra-healthy nutritionists to tell us what’s on their menu each day. Trust us, once we made it to the end, it had us re-thinking our entire cleanse-crash-repeat game (healthy shopping list in hand)—and you will too.
Nutritionist, Author of What's Eating Your Child
Korean Mung Bean pancake, plain
A pile of supplements (including calcium, because I do not eat dairy products)
Arugula salad with hummus and chicken
2 corn chips (to scoop up the hummus)
2 organic chocolates from local, single-source chocolate factory
Jasmine green tea
Handful of organic potato chips
"Like everyone who ever hands in one of these things, I have to say, there is no typical! For example, I have never eaten a Korean Mung Bean pancake before, but a friend dropped it off for me to try."
Holistic Nutritionist, NAO Nutrition
3 pastured egg + tomato omelette with a side of sauerkraut and spinach: "My hubby and I always cook breakfast together—it’s been a ritual that we’ve kept since we met 10 years ago. We both work long hours so it’s a wonderful way we make time to connect and enjoy a home cooked meal. Now that I’m pregnant, he makes me a more nutrient-dense meal so we keep our little nugget healthy inside my belly—loaded with protein, omega 3, antioxidants, and probiotics.
Raw plain sheep yogurt with a dollop of raw honey + 5 chopped walnuts: "It's an easy snack for my day at the office and is loaded with vitamin A, D, calcium, omega 3, probiotics and fiber."
Leftover grass fed turkey & veggie stir fry with a small bowl of bone broth soup from Brodo: "I love bringing leftovers to work. I get hungry a lot faster and if I don’t plan my meals in advance, I end up not being satisfied. Have you ever seen a HANGRY pregnant lady?! I’m usually pretty zen, so to keep this up it’s easier to bring food with me to the office."
Slice of paleo bread with a schmear of almond butter & banana slices.: "Craving something sweet and a bit on the heartier side. I always keep nut butter & fruit at the office and I just baked some grain-free paleo bread that I brought with me."
Wild salmon with sauteed asparagus over some brown rice:"Super easy meal after a long day. This is a 5 minute prep meal and 10 minute cook. I buy the brown rice pre-made from my local health market."
Small piece of dark chocolate: "Itching for a little something sweet and a bite-size piece of dark chocolate always does the trick."
Holistic Nutritionist, Founder of My New Roots
Warm water with lemon: "Right when I wake up."
Seriously Super Cereal with cinnamon, apple, hemp seeds and homemade almond butter: "Sooooo good!"
A couple dried figs and a huge mug of herbal tea.
Raw brussels sprout slaw: "I’m recipe testing for a big project at the moment and this was a successful trial-run!"
Green smoothie with banana, pear, spinach, pumpkin seed protein powder, spirulina, ginger, lemon, and bee pollen:"I made this for my 14-month old and I to tide us over until dinner."
Gluten-free crepes with some leftover lentil stew from last night’s dinner, and a big green salad with sprouts. A couple pieces of dark chocolate for dessert.
EMILY VAN RAAY
Holistic Nutritionist, Founder of Models For Wellness
"After I wake up, I meditate on an empty stomach."
Chamomile tea or hot water with lemon and honey + glass of water with 2 fish oil pills: "Super-packed oat bowl with a handful (or two) of organic whole steel cut oats + 1 tablespoon of chia seeds + 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds (stirred with boiling water) and top with blueberries or a banana, splash of almond milk, and add in a spoonful of organic peanut butter. I’ll eat this breakfast or a variation of it almost every day! I’ll get back into bed and eat my oat bowl creation while checking my emails and sipping tea."
"I ALWAYS carry water with me. I probably drink and refill 3 or 4 bottles a day, not including drinking during sit down meals."
The Earth Bowl from Sweetgreen with quinoa + farro, organic arugula, tomatoes, raw corn, organic chickpeas, spicy broccoli, organic white cheddar, roasted chicken, and pesto vinaigrette. "I’m normally always on the run mid day and if I eat a proper breakfast, I normally don’t feel the need to snack! When my body tells me it’s lunch time around 1pm, I’ll normally find (or train) to the nearest Sweetgreen, a locally sourced salad bar, my favorite place to grab lunch."
Black or green tea: "On my way to an appointment I’ll stop at a coffee shop and get a green or black tea if I'm feeling a little lag-y. Most days I’m feeling solid, energy-wise, so I’ll get another chamomile tea, which relaxes me and calms my mind."
Orange: "After yoga or a barre class, I’ll stop into a market and grab an orange on my way home. I love peeling it and feeling instantly refreshed post-workout."
Organic wild-caught cod with lemon, salt and pepper, sautéed brussel sprouts (in coconut oil) and mini tomato, cucumber, caper and goat cheese bowl. "Most nights I try to cook at home. I’ll have a look in the fridge which I keep stocked with local produce and whip up whatever my body tells me it’s in the mood for."
Founder & Director of Food Coach NYC
Shot of chlorophyll and aloe vera juice:"This is my morning elixir. Chlorophyll helps to alkalize the body, while aloe vera juice keeps the skin plump and hydrated."
Espresso: "Because I love coffee"
Pumpkin smoothie (pureed pumpkin, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and ice), made with my own protein powder, Beautifuel: "I make this in the prior evening, then bring it in a mason jar to drink later in the office."
Vegetable crudités (watermelon radish, snow peas, purple cauliflower, carrots, and tomatoes) with tuna carpaccio and avocado: "This is something I like to eat between seeing clients and I ordered from Little Beet, which is an organic restaurant close to my office. I encourage people to eat half a plate of vegetables for both lunch and dinner and this is a great way to get it in versus the ubiquitous NYC deli-style salad."
Dandi Detox blended green juice from Rawpothecary: "This is a green juice with fiber in it. Green juices are my favorite snack!"
Go Raw watermelon seeds: "These are rich in omega 3's and an alternative to pumpkin and sunflower seeds."
Shared vegetable appetizers with shared lamb + glass of red wine: "I frequent restaurants, like Claudettes, that offer an array of vegetable sides."
Loads of water: "I drink Essentia which is an alkaline-based water, which has extra hydrogen atoms. These act as antioxidants and mop up excess free radicals."