We’ve all been given our fair share of healthy food tips, but we wondered: Did the experts practice what they preached? It turns out, yes. We asked 33 dietitians, fitness experts, skin care gurus like Dr. Brandt and more what the one thing they had to eat every day was. You may be surprised by their answers.
Co-founder of Sakara Life
"I always, always try and eat something that's fresh and has high-water content like watermelon and butter lettuce. At Sakara, we believe that you should drink water to flush out toxins, but that eating your water is the magic behind glowing skin and healthy digestion.”
Trainer at Barry's Bootcamp
"I am a strong believer in our bodies telling us their needs. Cravings reflect an aspect of this effect. I find that maintaining a healthy, balanced, fit and clean lifestyle keeps my body most content, and that my body in turn craves healthy nutrition. Avocado is one of the superfoods I attempt to consume daily. It supplies numerous vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and fuels my performance."
“I can't name any specific food I try to eat every day. I think in terms of food types rather than specific foods. My normal habits ensure I check every important box, starting with vegetables and fruits, which I try to include in every meal. The one type of food I most often find myself going out of my way to eat is nuts because they are seldom included in my meals and I believe my diet is incomplete without them.“
CEO of Villency Design Group (clients include Equinox, Organic Avenue, SoulCycle and the company just launched its first activewear line)
“My favorite breakfast is a 'toast' my wife makes with cucumber, avocado, tomato and egg whites on either GG crackers or Siljans Swedish Crispbreads, which are high in fiber, so it's healthy, filling and delicious."
Dr. Fredric Brandt
"I make a juice every morning with celery, parsley, sprouts, turmeric, ginger, apple, pear and lemon with gluten-free cereal and rice milk. This boosts my immune system and detoxifies me. At lunch, it's veggies and protein in the form of fish that is rich in omega-3s to reduce inflammation in my body. During the day I continue to juice with lemon and greens to keep me alkaline to reduce inflammation which ages us, and dinner is a perfect time for protein and gluten-free crackers to feed and restore my muscle and nerve cells."
Michael Olajide, Jr.
Founder of Aerospace
"The food I try to eat every day would have to be eggs. They are perfect. Natural, convenient, easy to digest, they can be prepared in a variety of ways, they complement any meal and they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Substance and sustenance."
Founder of Vie Active
"I try to eat avocado every day. I find that loading up on good fats actually helps me feel trim. I feel less bloated, have more energy and vitality. Half in a smoothie, half in a salad. Good fats also help to absorb nutrients from your food, especially iron."
Founder of Yoga 216
"I try not to have musts, but alas I do LOVE me a good cup of coffee!"
Founder and COO of Victoria's Garden Grown
"Just because you've committed to making conscious, thoughtful decisions about your diet shouldn't mean that you have to sacrifice flavor. For me, there are few things I enjoy more than a salad with fresh veggies and avocado and topped off with my Kale Lemon Herb Dressing; it's light, refreshing and above all satisfying. If I'm looking to indulge a bit, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and nut butter are my go-to selections. I also love my favorite green juice — kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger."
Julia K. Stephens
"When it comes to food, I follow a semi-strict, gluten-free diet with lots of veggies (cooked and raw), fish and lean protein. Kale and quinoa are definitely foods that I couldn't live without, especially in my daily juices."
Master trainer at Barry's Bootcamp
“I try to eat half of an avocado a day, if not a whole one — I'm trying a whole foods approach with my shake, so instead of powders I use eggs, nut butters and avocados!”
Mind body manager at exhale Downtown Miami
"Something green. Whether it’s kale, broccoli, romaine lettuce or bok choy, I eat something green every day. Greens are the number one food to improve your health. They are nutrition powerhouses filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals!"
Fitness instructor at Equinox
"Almonds. They provide vitamins and healthy fats, and keep me satiated for a long time."
"Coconut oil because it gives you a lot of very healthy fats that support an overall healthier state. Benefits include; healthier heart, weight loss, immune system health, healthier metabolism, healthier skin, supporting proper function of your thyroid and it's a great source of energy for your day."
Trainer at Epic Hybrid Training
"Egg whites are high-quality protein that are inexpensive. Adding some yolks provides you with a moderate fat intake."
Founder and creator of Xtend Barre
"My go-to food every day is a green smoothie. Since I am constantly on the go, it's often challenging to find time to sit down to a proper nutritious meal. By packing in my daily veggies into a smoothie, I can be sure that I am getting a healthy daily dose of goodness! For extra power, I add in Vibrant Health Powder, and for my daughter's, I use the children's version."
Owner of Blossom du Jour
“I always try to eat raw kale, some type of fruit (mostly blueberries and apples) and a whole grain. I don't eat large amounts of these foods, but I definitely try to get them in each day. I eat the raw, leafy green for calcium (per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk), fruit for fiber and vitamins C and E. Also, eating whole grains helps prevent a variety of diseases, and naturally provides fiber and iron.”
Co-founder of Montauk Juice Factory
"Dark, leafy greens! They help control my hunger, hydrate me and help me feel like I'm doing something really great for my health, even when I don't have the time to do anything else. They are so super rich in vitamins, minerals and powerful phytonutrients. They're great for everything from fighting disease to contributing to beautiful skin and hair. Leafy greens equals green light all the way."
Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger
Founder, director and master trainer at Elements Fitness Studio
“Blackberries are a soft and delicate fruit that are packed with delicious flavor and nutritional content. They’ve been proven to have the highest level of antioxidants per serving than any other food tested, and that regular consumption may have a positive impact on health, athletic performance and disease risk.”
Senior master instructor at SoulCycle and fitness expert
“I try to eat a banana every day. They contain three natural sugars — sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. They are the best food for an instant and substantial boost of energy!”
Founder of SuperSeedz
"I always have to start my morning with a little Greek yogurt, topped off with SuperSeedz pumpkin seeds in either Coco Joe or Cinnamon & Sugar. The pumpkin seeds add a nice, light crunch along with a boost of plant-based protein. Since I'm busy running my company from dawn til dusk, it gets my day going in a healthy and positive direction."
Instructor at Lyons Den Power Yoga
“Dark, leafy greens are the most nutrient-dense food. They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals, and void of everything you don't need like chemicals, artificial flavor and added sugar. I blend greens with my morning smoothie, toss them in a salad for lunch and sauté them for dinner.”
Elite gymnast and Nancy Rose Performance designer
“When I am being really good — fruit, vegetables and sushi are my staples. Time to get ready for next summer!”
Registered dietitian for Whole Foods Market's Exclusive and Store Brands team
“One food I attempt to eat every day are dark, leafy greens like kale, collard greens and spinach. Dark, leafy greens are packed with calcium, fiber, vitamins A and C and folate, and when added, boost the nutritional content of smoothies, soups, sandwiches and stir-fries.”
Instructor at SoulCycle
"AVOCADO! Boom! Chock-full of healthy fats that fuel me and packed with vitamins and minerals (potassium, for example, an important electrolyte which helps build protein and metabolize carbs). Plus, it’s delicious!!! Sprinkle some sea salt, drip a little lemon on top and you’ve got yourself a perfect snack!"
Body Space Fitness founder and personal trainer
“Spinach...I have it in a shake every day! It has a high nutrient density and low calorie density.”
President at Financier Patisserie
"I eat a poached egg sandwich every morning, which of course is always better on a croissant."
Founder of Carol's Daughter
“I feel like my struggle now is to make sure I eat green vegetables every day, but also protein. I am vegan now, and it is challenging when you are on the go to make sure you are getting a good variety of protein like nuts, legumes, beans, etc., but also getting in the green stuff. Kale and spinach are big for me. I make sure I eat or drink some every day.”
Instructor at SoulCycle
"I do my best to eat organic eggs and whole milk every day."
Instructor at SoulCycle
"As cliché as it is...fruits and veggies!!! My body just doesn't feel good without them, and I can't get through my day without grapefruit or pineapple. I try to listen to my body the best I can, which usually also means making sure I eat a bunch of greens on the daily as well!"
Co-director of FLEXBarre at FLEX Studios
“I always get some leafy greens into my diet every day...usually spinach, but sometimes kale. I blend it into a smoothie, as a base for my salad or pile onto a sandwich or wrap. They are so versatile, so it's easy to get it into your meal no matter what time of day.”