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What Nutritionists Eat on Their Cheat Days

  • Nutrition à la Natalie

    Inside-Out Summer Vegetable Pizza

    While many people think of sweet as a cheat, I have a major salt tooth. When I indulge, it's in a delicious homemade pizza. This pizza has the cheese on the bottom and is covered with seasonal summer vegetables. It's definitely my cheat meal—I can't stop myself from eating multiple slices!

    Get the recipe: Inside-Out Summer Vegetable Pizza

  • Kiss in the Kitchen

    Peach Cobbler

    "As a dietitian I'm inclined to 'revamp,' 'healthify,' 'lighten,' or 'tweak' most indulgent recipes, but not this one," says Shannon A. Garcia, M.D.S., R.D., L.D. "This peach cobbler is the perfect cheat day recipe because it's full of real butter and goes perfectly with a scoop of Bluebell vanilla ice cream!"

    Get the recipe: Peach Cobbler

  • Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

    "I try to allow my body all foods in moderation, but sometimes I just crave a delicious, warm chocolate brownie," says Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D., C.L.T. "These simple (yep, they're made from a boxed mix) come to the rescue for me, but they're made with a secret ingredient—avocados!"

    Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

  • Abbey's Kitchen

    Chocolate Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate Cherry Filling

    "My chocolate whoopie pies are the ultimate in sweet indulgence and everything I crave on a cheat day," says Abbey Sharp, R.D. "The combination of pillowy cakes and sweet fruity buttercream make this sandwich the ultimate summer treat."

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate Cherry Filling

  • Emily Kyle Nutrition

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

    "Cookie dough is certainly an indulgent treat, but recently there has been a lot of backlash in the news over consuming this favorite dessert," says Emily Kyle, M.S., R.D.N. "This recipe is perfect for when you want to indulge is something decadent, because it is not only absolutely delicious, but it's also flour- and egg-free."

    Get the recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

  • Amy Gorin

    French Toast with Pistachios and Grapes

    "On days when I want to start the day with something more indulgent, I make this French toast," says Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N. "It feels decadent but also provides a lot of nutrients. The whole-grain bread is covered in protein-rich egg, while the pistachios provide satiating fiber and healthy fat. The grapes add additional fiber and a touch of sweetness."

    Get the recipe: French Toast with Pistachios and Grapes

  • The Delicious Crescent

    Hyderabadi Chicken

    "Hyderabadi chicken is one of the most popular and delicious foods of India, and something that I grew up with," says Roxana Begum, Ph.D., R.D. "It requires an elaborate preparation and is often served at festive occasions."

    Get the recipe: Hyderabadi Chicken

  • Tasty Balance Nutrition

    Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Prosciutto

    "My ideal cheat day consists of lots of different appetizers! I love finger foods, especially plump sugary dates stuffed with rich blue cheese, wrapped in salty prosciutto." says Lindsey Pine, M.S., R.D.N., C.S.S.D., C.L.T. "If I'm splurging, then I'll probably have a few too many of these deliciously addictive small bites."

    Get the recipe: Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Prosciutto

  • Toby Amidor Nutrition

    Whole-Grain Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    Who doesn't love starting the weekend with an indulgent pancake? "My whole-grain banana chocolate chip pancakes are actually low in sugar and high in whole grains, but they contain dark chocolate for when I feel like indulging in the morning," says Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D.

    Get the recipe: Whole-Grain Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • The Grateful Grazer

    Grilled Curry Stuffed Avocados

    "In some ways, every day is a cheat day in my world because I try to avoid any sort of food restrictions or rules and never deprive myself of my favorites," says Stephanie McKercher, R.D.N. "These grilled curry stuffed avocados are exactly the type of meal I choose when I want something that is especially comforting and delicious."

    Get the recipe: Grilled Curry Stuffed Avocados


Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a NYC based Registered Dietitian and the owner of Nutrition à la Natalie  Specializing in sports nutrition, Natalie helps busy, active people live  More →

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