Insider Nutrition Advice from the Nation’s Top Experts

Featured Article, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition
on March 5, 2013
Registered dietitians and healthy bloggers share their own nutrition best practices.

Confused by nutrition advice? Don’t know what’s good for you—and what’s not? You’re not the only one. In the constantly evolving world of food, nutrition and health, it’s difficult to figure out what to put on your plate for dinner. To get some clarity on that score, we’ve teamed up with Healthy Aperture to survey more than 200 registered dietitians and healthy bloggers about their own nutrition best practices. In honor of March’s National Nutrition Month, they dished nutrition advice on what’s always in their kitchens, nutrition habits they wish everyone would adopt, and what fad diets they’re so over. Here are the results.

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Always in the Fridge
42%: Greens like spinach, kale, arugula and Romaine lettuce
33%: Eggs or egg whites
32%: Yogurt (especially Greek)
28%: Non-dairy milk (especially almond)

Favorite Pantry Staples
41%: Legumes—dry or canned beans, chickpeas or lentils
38%: Pasta on hand (especially whole wheat)
34%: Quinoa, a protein-packed grain
30%: Canned tomatoes

Top Travel Snacks
43%: Nuts (almonds—raw, salted, roasted or flavored are the top choice)
40%: Fruits (apples, orange slices and bananas)
25%: Protein or energy bars
23%: Veggies (sometimes with hummus)

Nutrition Advice Everyone Should Follow—Now
48%: Eat more fruits and veggies
33%: Increase your water intake
30%: Cut back or eliminate processed foods
29%: Enjoy everything in moderation

Nutrition Fads That Should Fade Away
26%: No- or low-carb diets
18%: The Paleo diet
16%: Low- or no-fat diets