How do registered dietitians eat to stay in tip-top health? Borrow a few of their best tips for an instant nutrition boost.
Have an emergency healthy food supply
How many times have you ordered takeout or gone out to eat because you didn’t have enough food on hand? Or come home from vacation to find pretty much zero meal options? As a registered dietitian nutritionist, my top healthy-eating tip is this: Keep a supply of healthy pantry and freezer staples on hand at all times. Store items like pouches of quick-cook brown rice and quinoa, cans of beans, and frozen vegetables so you can easily whip up a healthy meal in a pinch. Start with these cheap and healthy meals you can make in 20 minutes or less.
Hydrate in the morning
“Wake up and immediately drink 12 to 16 ounces of cool water,” suggest Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CFT, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CFT, dietitians and personal trainers in New York City and co-authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure. “Since every process and chemical reaction in your body relies on water, this refreshing morning boost will increase your energy, boost organ efficiency, help flush waste out of your body, prevent constipation, and take up space in your stomach to help you prevent overeating. It’s one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy and start your day off on the right foot.”