What I Eat in a Day as a Nutritionist
By Food Matters Institute
As a nutritionist, it's important to lead by example and practice what you preach when it comes to healthy eating. But what can that look like? How do you keep meals balanced and nutrient-dense to fuel your busy day? In this article, we explore what a day in the life of our In-House Nutritionist, Kayla, looks like in terms of her eating habits.
Please keep in mind that the purpose of this article is not to provide you with a rigid meal plan to follow, as we are all unique and have different nutritional needs due to chemical bio-individuality. Instead, our aim is to inspire you with healthy eating ideas that you can incorporate into your own lifestyle.
The most important thing for me when it comes to choosing breakfast is making sure I get a balance of fat, fiber, and protein to help ensure stable blood glucose for the day. My go-to’s are pasture-raised organic eggs (in a little bit of ghee), one slice of slow-fermented sourdough topped with avocado, and seasonal berries from my local farmer’s market. With breakfast, I like to make a matcha latte with raw honey and collagen.
I love having a smoothie to keep my energy levels up throughout the morning. I try to pack in as many nutrients as possible and really enjoy boosting my smoothie with vegetables. My go-to combination is spinach, zucchini, banana, mango, ginger, collagen, coconut water, and hemp seeds.
If I’m being 100% honest, my lunches are typically leftovers from dinner. It’s great for saving time! This often will look like a Thai Curry made with coconut milk, several vegetables, and a quality protein source like organic chicken or grass-fed beef. I love adding carrots, bok choy, and mushrooms to my curries. Another option I often enjoy for lunch is a stir fry with all of the leftover veggies in my fridge and either rice or quinoa. Easy and delicious!
Quick and satisfying is the name of the game in the afternoons! This is when I like to enjoy either organic Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt with fruit and homemade granola. It also helps curb that 3pm sweet tooth!
For dinner, I like to keep it simple. A typical dinner for me would look like a piece of organic, grass-fed steak, a colorful green salad (with all of the vegetables and herbs!), and homemade sweet potato fries. It’s always a crowd-pleaser when you’re hosting too!
I do love a little sweet treat at the end of the night, especially when it’s a few pieces of good-quality dark chocolate. I enjoy a cup of herbal tea before bed, making it almost like a bedtime ritual.
Did any eating habits in Kayla’s day in the life surprise you? As you’ve probably noticed, Kayla focuses on eating a variety of nutrient-rich wholefoods from high-quality sources to keep her fueled for busy days. We hope it’s provided some inspiration for your weekly meals and snacks!
If you’re feeling inspired to earn your certification as a nutrition coach, we’d love to have you join us in the Food Matters Nutrition Certification Program.