What Does a Dietitian Have in Her Fridge?Heather Neal
Fridge #4 in the What’s in Your Fridge Series
Lindsay is a Registered Dietitian and avid Crossfit-er. I love her view of food and maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. If you’re trying to get ahead and plan your meals for the week, Lindsay is a great inspiration for prepping ahead! Here’s a peek in her packed-full fridge:
What is your approach to healthy living?
I believe that healthy living doesn’t have to be boring, complicated or expensive. I always spend an hour or so on Sundays prepping food, which makes it easy to throw together a healthy meal in a hurry when I’m busy or tired during the week. I also believe in moderation. Nothing is off limits for me. I stick to healthy options for the most part, but if I want a cookie or a big bowl of frozen yogurt occasionally, I’m going to have it!
What’s in your fridge and why?
Lots of meal components that I prepare on Sundays to make it easy to throw together quick, healthy meals during the week. I usually have baked or grilled chicken and fish, quinoa, chopped carrots and broccoli, black bean burgers, lettuce for salads, black beans that I can use to make dinners. I also prep things like hard boiled eggs, breakfast bars, and energy balls for easy grab and go snacks. In addition, I have things like greek yogurt, nut butter, cottage cheese, salsa, hummus, and lots of fruit.
Do you have a favorite tip or secret to helping your family eat healthy foods?
Sunday food prep! It’s a huge lifesaver during a busy week if I have healthy ingredients on hand that are already cooked so that I can just throw them together to make a quick meal.
Do you follow any diet guidelines?
I try to include a lean source of protein with every meal and snack. I eat 5-6 times per day so that I never get overly hungry. I listen to my body. If I’m hungry, I eat. If I’m full, I stop eating. And I drink LOTS of water.
Have you always eaten this way?
No! Until I was about 23 years old, I pretty much lived on cereal, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, and bagels. I was the world’s pickiest eater until I graduated college, got my own apartment, and started cooking for my then-boyfriend (now husband) and I. Now I’m much more adventurous. I love a lot of things I hated as a kid, like lentils and beans, and my meals are much more balanced.