A Dietitian’s Day on a Plate

By author photo Laura Ford

hints-and-tips · 31 May 19

Hi! My name is Laura and I’m a Dietitian at Jenny Craig. Let me take you through what I typically eat in a day.

My husband and I like to start our day with a HIIT session before work, so we wake up at 5:50am with a long black coffee and head out the door.

I like to have a 12-hour break between my last meal at night and my first meal of the day, so I have my breakfast when I get to work. Working as a Dietitian in the nutrition team, my day often involves meetings, recipe brainstorming, creating nutrition content and working with the product development team. My favourite breakfast is the Jenny Craig Flakes & Fibre cereal and I love having this with frozen raspberries, and kefir (a milky probiotic drink with plenty of gut friendly bacteria). About an hour or so later for morning tea I might have some dry roasted almonds, a piece of fruit and a green tea.

For lunch I usually make a healthy meal with lots of steamed or baked veg (broccoli, cauliflower and carrot are my go to), a tin of chilli tuna, cooked whole grains (like brown rice or bulghar), goats cheese, sauerkraut and more chilli.

At 3:30 my sweet tooth kicks in and I might have a homemade biscuit or slice with a cup of peppermint tea. Later in the afternoon I’ll have another piece of fruit and a slice or 2 of wholegrain toast with cheese to keep me going until dinner. I also like to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep me hydrated (and because I really enjoy drinking water).

For dinner, we like to cook at home and it’s often quite varied and can be anything from rice paper rolls, stir fried noodles with veggies, pasta or just some simple grilled meat with lots of veggies. With all my meals I try to make sure there’s a source of protein (tofu, salmon, chicken, beef), some complex carbs and plenty of fresh veggies. But I definitely like to have pizza or takeaway on the weekends too.

After dinner I might have a bit of chocolate, yoghurt or some nuts with a cup of peppermint chamomile tea.

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