When you make a living coaching others about healthy eating, what kind of cheat meal do you eat yourself?
These Atlanta-based dietitians answered that question: Juliana Nagy, RDN and LD at Nourishing Life LLC in Sandy Springs, counsel’s patients in a private clinical setting on topics that include diabetes, weight gain or loss, prenatal and maternal nutrition and digestive disorders. She spent nine months at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and combines her culinary and healthcare backgrounds to motivate clients and patients."I love Italian food so it tends to be my go to 'cheat meal,'" said Nagy.
"There's nothing better than a fresh homemade spaghetti sauce." She prepares hers with fresh tomato, fresh garlic, Kalamata olives, fresh oregano, some pancetta (the Italian bacon) and olive oil. Not too bad, right? "The problem is, I love parmesan cheese," she added.
"And to eat spaghetti, I end up eating a lot of parmesan cheese. In case you are the curious type, 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese has 22 calories, and I assure you, I never use a measuring spoon for my cheese."Nagy's other go-to is pizza. "I could eat pizza every day of the week," she said.
"I love cheese, pepperoni, margherita, vegetarian pizza. I also love some more European type of pizza like Parma ham, arugula, parmesan cheese, mussarella di buffalo, basil, fresh tomato. Love, love, love pizza!"
When Nagy indulges in an Italian treat once in a while, she said she doesn't guilt herself about it. "But it's important to watch out not to make it a habit," she said. "A healthy lifestyle requires discipline and determination."