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As a NASM-certified personal trainer and founder of The Limit, a virtual fitness studio that combines dance, HIIT, and toning workouts, Beth Nicely prioritizes eating well to energize her through a long day of teaching classes. When she’s not working with clients, Nicely, a former Radio City Rockette, is also a Broadway performer, and if her time on stage has taught her one thing about her diet, it’s what to eat for the most sustenance and convenience, i.e., lots of nutrient-dense snacks and, oftentimes, two breakfasts.
Keep scrolling to see everything Nicely eats throughout a day of training.
My Food Philosophy
My food philosophy is all about balance. Since the training and workouts I do are intense and require a substantial diet, I don’t believe in depriving myself of anything I want. I just try not to go overboard most of the time. I'm also eating for optimal energy so that I can perform all day and be my strongest possible self.
When I'm teaching a private session or leading people through a live class, I rely on simple carbs for a quick boost of energy, which is something I learned when I was a Radio City Rockette. I'm currently building The Limit during work-from-home life, where convenience and expedience are my top priorities, so I'm often fitting my meals in between my workouts.
My breakfasts (yes, I usually have two!) have been consistently the same for over a decade. When I wake up to train early, I'll eat two RxBars (the blueberry and mixed-berry flavors are my favorites) and have coffee with organic whole milk. The bars are a delicious and healthy source of protein and carbs to sustain me through my day of training.
The rest of my meals really depends on my level of activity, but I love carbohydrates (they’re not bad for you!), so I'll probably find a way to add them into my diet sometime during the day.
I'm a Midwestern gal who wants nothing more than steak and potatoes, so sometimes, vegetables are not always at the front of my mind. My go-tos when I need more greens are brussels sprouts or grilled zucchini, or I'll add a salad when I'm eating pizza. (Kale and Bibb lettuce are my favorite salad greens.) I also love loading an omelet up with lots of veggies. Sometimes, however, I have to honestly trick myself to eat "healthier," like buying frozen cauliflower gnocchi. It's SO good.
A day is not complete without snacks, and one of my favorites is the Once Upon a Farm fruit and veggie blend pouches. You might think it’s baby food, but because it’s so fresh and healthy, it’s a perfect pick-me-up. I also love having overnight oats, non-dairy yogurt, and sweet potato pie to supplement my meals.
Finally, dessert is a nonnegotiable for me. I'm usually rotating between Breyers cookies and cream ice cream, Tate’s Bake Shop chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate, and a glass of wine or prosecco. Remember, it's all about balance!