What Does a Nutritionist Eat?
By Tracy Robert
The Jenny Craig nutritionists help plan what you eat, but what do they eat? If you’re looking for ideas for Meals On Your Own (MOYO), or just curious what a nutritionist fills her plate with, read on:
Breakfast – At 6am, I start with 2 shots of espresso and a protein bar (before morning walk) about 200 calories. I work out an hour a day, more on the weekends, and I eat about 1600-1800 calories each day.
Morning Snack – Around 9 am, I eat 4-6 oz. nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 cup berries, 2Tbsp. chopped walnuts and ¼ cup raw oats.
Lunch – Between 12-1pm, I eat a large bowl of mixed greens, an apple or pear chopped, ½ cup chopped beets and balsamic vinaigrette. My salads vary but I usually eat a huge salad every day for lunch. This is when I get most of my daily veggies in and it works for maintenance. One of my favorite Jenny Craig meals is the Turkey Burger loaded with tomato, lettuce and pickles.
Afternoon Snack – Around 2-3pm, I’ll have some type of yummy snack, usually one of these: a couple of pieces of dark chocolate, a S’mores Bar, the White Cheddar Popcorn, 6-10 nuts, a slice of cheese and whole-wheat crackers, the Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers or Ranch Snaps. I am a snack lover because it keeps me from getting too hungry and I like the energy boost mid-afternoon.
Dinner – Usually before 5pm, I’ll have one of these protein choices: eggs, fish, legumes or chicken with more veggies or occasionally a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and fruit preserves. I do love to cook and love all kinds of food, but I usually eat the same types of meals every day. Typically I have one or two splurges a week because of a dinner out or special occasion.
Breakfast – One of my favorite breakfasts is making an 'oatmeal quiche'. I simply mix together 1/2 cup plain oats, 1 whole egg, 1 Tbsp almond milk and a dash of cinnamon in a small bowl. Pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds or until the egg looks cooked and top it with fresh berries and 1 packet of the Jenny Craig Lite Table Syrup. It's an easy way to add protein to my oatmeal.Throughout the rest of my morning I sip on my coffee flavored with one teaspoon of coconut oil, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
Morning snack – ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese or the Jenny Craig Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers with freshly sliced cucumbers, radishes and bell peppers. Although the hummus is delicious as is, I like to experiment with different flavors to mix it up. I give it a Southwestern flare by adding smoked paprika with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and some chopped cilantro.
Lunch – I always start with a big garden salad made with dark green leafy lettuce mix with cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes and tri-colored bell peppers. I make my own lemony Dijon dressing which consists of Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, honey and black pepper. I round out my meal with the Turkey & Wild Rice or the Italian Style Wedding Soup with added steamed spinach and kale.
Afternoon snack – 6 oz. Nonfat Plain Greek yogurt with a splash of sugar-free flavored syrup (right now I love the salted caramel flavor) with a tablespoon of crushed walnuts or pecans and a dash of cinnamon. It tastes like dessert.
After my workout – I refuel with a ¼ cup pomegranate juice mixed with powdered gelatin OR I make a small smoothie with chocolate malt flavored protein powder blended with 1/2 cup almond milk, ¼ cup unsweetened Kefir, ½ frozen banana, 1 Tbsp of either maca or cacao powder and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
Dinner – I’ve fallen for the zucchini noodle craze. I love to have a big plate of zucchini noodles topped with extra lean ground turkey and either tomato sauce or pesto sauce. It’s very filling. On the side I like to have baked sweet potato fries. Before baking, I sprinkle them with smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper to give it a kick. I use one packet of Jenny Craig’s Lite Table Syrup to dip them in for a sweet treat. The sweetness from the syrup balances out the cayenne kick.
Evening snack – I typically do not eat after dinner. I try to think of it as using food for fuel throughout my day and I don’t need ‘fuel’ to sleep. I tend to need my most energy throughout the earlier part of the day. If I am still hungry after dinner I will make a treat with the Yogurt Dream Bar. I chop up the bar into bite sized pieces and add 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt with 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries or raspberries.