“My philosophy is ‘Eat when hungry, stop when you’re full,’ ” Taylor, 45, tells PEOPLE.
So to fill in those times between meals when her stomach starts to rumble, Taylor says she’ll reach for a savory snack.
“I try to be mindful of snacking, but salty chips sometimes sneak in,” she says. “I tend to avoid sugars – luckily I am more of a ‘salty tooth’ – but I try to keep my sugar intake to a minimum and find some healthy alternatives when a craving hits.” Among her fave options? Eden Foods brown rice chips.
4 20-oz. bottles of water
3 cups of green tea
3 egg-white scramble with 2 oz. each of broccoli, spinach, tomato, zucchini and avocado, with a spoonful of salsa on top
1 cup dark-roast coffee
2 cups of pea soup
4 cups of mixed green salad with shaved Parmesan and a tbsp. of olive oil
1 1.7-oz bag of Eden Foods brown rice chips
6 pieces of salmon sashimi
4 pieces of yellowtail sashimi
2 baked crab hand rolls
Taylor’s hydration is “amazing,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of nutritiouslife.com. “Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and coffee has health benefits too, when you drink it black, and in a dark roast the way she does.” Her breakfast gets high points as well for loading up on tons of vegetables and adding avocado for healthy fats. “I always encourage clients to get veggies in at breakfast,” says Glassman. But, she adds, Taylor could pump up her soup-and-salad combo at lunch. “I’d like to see this salad topped with chicken, shrimp, chickpeas or quinoa,” she says. “Her overall calories are too low, and this is a place she can add them!”
To further boost her calorie count, Glassman suggests adding a protein- and fiber-packed snack, like an individual bag of nuts or fruit with nut butter. Taylor’s sushi dinner to end the day is a “great, clean, satisfying meal with lots of Omega-3 fatty acids,” says Glassman, who adds that sushi isn’t something one should eat every day due to the mercury found in fish.
NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.