As co-host of The Chew and author of The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It's the Weekend, Daphne Oz certainly knows her way around tasty food. But how does she seamlessly blend healthy eating with drool-worthy dishes?
Pretty simply, it turns out: "I just want to feel strong and confident in my skin, so I juggle and balance as well as I can and try not to stress too much if there's some fluctuation," Oz told People.
Oz eats reasonably healthy, whether at home with the kids or on the set of The Chew, snacking on the latest recipe ideas. But what exactly does she eat in a day?
Her daily food log, which she shared with People, is full of yummy indulgences. And with a mindset like hers, it's no surprise: "Life is too short to miss opportunities to enjoy and celebrate great food," she told the magazine.
Oz will start the day with a cup of black coffee, a glass of green juice (chock full of nutrients from spinach, chard, celery, cucumber, lemon, and ginger!), and a three-egg omelet with spinach, onion, and turkey.
For lunch, she'll make something like oven-roasted salmon with quinoa and sautéed spinach and indulge with one-third cup of truffle fries. (YUM.) To drink, she'll add a glass of rosé, and then a double espresso.
For dinner, she'll create a "build-able" meal for the family, such as a mixed green salad with chickpeas and hemp seeds, tossed with her homemade dijon vinaigrette. Her build-able meals start with a simple plate for her two young kids, and then, once they're settled, she'll add more sophisticated toppings and dressings to her and her husband's plates. Talk about the perfect dinnertime compromise!
Oz will the end the day with a yummy homemade chocolate-chip-oatmeal cookie and a cup of calming herbal tea before tucking her little ones into bed and drifting off to sleep herself.
Oz knows when to indulge in the things we truly crave (Rosé? Cookies? Truffle fries? Yes, please.) and what to balance it with to make sure she gets plenty of healthy nutrients, as well. Sounds like a diet we can get behind!
Want more Daphne-Oz-approved eat-well tips? We've got you covered. Here are a few of her best healthy-eating tricks, which come straight from her cookbook and her daily life:
She Sticks to a Two-Bite Rule
When she's on set at The Chew, Oz is constantly surrounded by food — and not all of it is the healthiest. Although many of us would opt to either inhale or ignore the tasty temptations, Oz has developed a genius middle-of-the-road rule that means she gets to enjoy everything without going overboard. Her secret? Take two bites.
"The first bite is to taste what's going on," she said. "The second, to indulge. That way I don't leave the end of a tape day having eaten eight full meals. This was a major problem for me a couple seasons ago, and this way I never have to feel deprived."
She Focuses on Eating Delicious Rather Than Eating Healthy
Rather than starting with a goal of making something healthy, she says she starts with a goal of making something she craves. From there, she'll make her meals "a little bit healthier, a little bit easier, and hopefully even more delicious" as she goes.
In her cookbook, Oz describes how she sees herself as a sort of "domestic god-ish," and explains that she doesn't have time to put together an entire health-conscious meal.
She Combines Her Love of Food With Mindfulness
Oz recently opened up on Instagram about her January meal plan, which she hoped would help her feel stronger. Her six-day plan included a wheat-free and sugar-free diet, and she also tried limiting fruit. That left her one cheat day, during which she ate "anything and everything!"
In her Instagram caption, she wrote: "I am not a dieter, I gave that up long ago because I hated every. single. second of not being able to love food and the experience of eating together, but I am totally addicted to wheat and sugar, and I want my control back so I am choosing mindfulness."
During the month of January, her diet often included a bowl of lentil veggie soup with a quarter of an avocado for lunch, an apple with almond butter for a post-workout snack, and spicy chicken breast with sautéed spinach and steamed broccoli for dinner.
She Simplifies Meals for the Kiddos
Cooking meals completely changes once you have kids, and Oz is the first to acknowledge this.
"There are many times I'll go in planning to make a certain meal and then realize I only have half the time I thought I had, so I'll have to rethink the dish," she told Parade. "Being a mom makes you think quick on your feet in every way. You have to adjust."
One way she adjusts is by making build-able meals, so both parents and children will be satisfied by the end result.
"I'll make a simplified version of a dish and then make toppings my husband and I can add," she said.