I’m a Personal Trainer, and These Are the Foods I Always Tell My Clients to Eat

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Whenever I take on a new client, one of the first things we discuss is nutrition. I like knowing what they’re eating and how we can improve upon their current diet to make them feel and look their best. By assessing their diet, I can pinpoint problems like not eating enough protein or eating too many calories for their fitness goals, and help them get back on track. While I’ve learned that the average person tends to work well with a diet that consists of minimally processed whole foods, these are the foods I advise my clients to try to always have on hand.

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Proteins

Chicken
Fish
Legumes and beans
Eggs
Lean red meats

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Vegetables

Kale (or any dark leafy green if they don’t like kale)
Spinach
Broccoli
Carrots
Onions
Sweet potatoes
Cucumbers
Asparagus
Bell peppers

Grains

Ezekiel bread or a whole-grain bread
Quinoa
Brown rice
Rolled oats

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Fruits

Blueberries
Avocados
Grapefruits
Lemons
Apples

Snacks and Condiments

Almonds and/or mixed nuts
Saltine crackers
Nut butters
Honey (or another natural sweetener)
Coconut oil
Extra virgin olive oil

While this list doesn’t include every item I love, it’s a great place to start if you have no clue as to what you should be eating to be healthier.

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