As a registered dietitian in private practice, Shape.com's Weight Loss Coach, author of The Small Change Diet, and media personality and spokesperson, my life can get rather hectic, to say the least. But no matter what, I always make time to prepare healthy meals—mostly by keeping them quick and simple. I opt for foods that are high in fiber and provide ample protein and healthy fats to keep me full and satisfied throughout the day. I also try to save room for an indulgence or two, as you'll see by checking out what a typical day in my diet looks like.
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Breakfast: Oatmeal and OJ
Practically all year long, no matter how hot it gets outside, I start my day with a bowl of oatmeal. I make quick-cooking oats (not to be confused with instant) with nonfat milk in the microwave and then top it with low-fat cottage cheese, chia seeds, and cinnamon. The combination of fiber, protein, and fat keeps me basically satisfied until lunchtime. Along with my oats, I have a glass of 100% orange juice mixed with about an equal amount of seltzer because I want to get well-hydrated to start the day but not consume too many extra calories while at it; I also need the juice to take my vitamins.
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