Good news: There’s a pizza on this list.
By K. Aleisha Fetters
There’s a reason online grocery stores come with a “favorites” list: Because no matter how much our taste buds love variety, we’re creatures of habit. Just take a look into your fridge. It probably packs the same foods it did last week and the week before that.
So we polled the experts—from nutritionists and personal trainers to physicians—on the foods they eat as often as possible. You might want to consider adding them to your healthy-eating routine.
"The food I find myself most frequently eating is Quest Protein Bars. It’s like the only constant in my life. With clients and meetings and everything else going on, I pack several in my backpack, so when I know I need to eat I just have one of those to hold me over. They have 20 grams of protein, are high in fiber, have no added sugars, and they taste amazing. My favorite flavor is Cinnamon Roll.”
— Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S., C.P.T., a Beverly Hills-based personal trainer
"My favorite all-around food is grass-fed beef. Leaner cuts such as strip, top round, and flank have less saturated fat and cholesterol, but grass-fed beef is lower in fat anyway and has high amounts of omega 3s, conjugated linoleic acid, and carnitine. Grass-fed beef is delicious and very satisfying, triggering satiety hormones in the gut. No wonder our early ancestors thrived on grass fed beef!"
— Sue Decotiis, M.D., a medical weight-loss physician in NYC
"I think almond butter is the perfect food, providing essential fats, fiber, and protein. Plus, it goes with all the other food groups—at least for me. I put it on bananas, celery, whole-grain bread, and even in my yogurt. My only problem is that it’s hard to stay with the two-tablespoons serving size!"
— Jim White, R.D., a health and fitness-certified specialist and owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios
"It’s cliche but I try to get a salad in every day at lunch, mostly because dinners are either social activities or grab-and-go items in-between clients. If I get a big salad at lunch, at least I know I got a few servings of vegetables in! My favorite dressing: curry hummus! Take regular hummus and thin it with a bit of water or lemon juice. Add a pinch of curry powder and whisk together. Not only is this low fat, but the added curry spice packs in extra antioxidants!"
— Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of weight-management and sports-nutrition service Delicious-Knowledge.com
"I have somehow been able to fit in either almond butter or peanut butter every day… whether that’s on toast or off of a small spoon. I also usually eat a plate of arugula with olive oil at least once a day! I just love it! I top it with chickpeas or gorgonzola cheese depending on my mood."
— Jaime Mass, R.D.N., L.D.N., owner of Jaime Mass Nutritionals LLC
"Granted I’m mostly Italian, but all my friends all love this too when I make it for them. I go nuts over this flatbread sweet pepper pepperoni pizza I make that’s crazy healthy and delicious at the same time. It is relatively low in calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates and glycemic load. At the same time, it’s high in protein so it makes me feel fuller, helps build muscle and helps preserve lean mass if I’m trying to lose weight. And, yes, it is possible to eat delicious pepperoni pizza every day and lose weight!”
— Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., obesity researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
"Although not necessarily a food, I can always be seen sipping tea. Black and green teas offer me a caffeine fix in the morning, while herbal teas throughout the day help keep my hydrated. Plus, they are quite tasty!"
— Rene Ficek, R.D., lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating
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