Robyn Flipse, Dietitian and Cultural Anthropologist, Founder of Nutrition Communication Services
Robyn's beauty stats: Mid-50s; chin-length straight brown hair; normal but aging skin.
Robyn's beauty obsession: Exercising in fresh air and eating the most colorful produce possible.
"As a consultant, my schedule is constantly changing, and no two days of work are ever the same. To maintain a balanced diet, I make sure to keep the right foods and drink choices on hand whether at home, in the airport, or on the job. It doesn't matter how demanding your schedule is, there is always time to eat right and exercise. I find that by practicing what I preach, I can more easily help others to do the same thing."
Don't Forget Lunch!
"When heading out the door for back-to-back appointments, I eat a good breakfast before I leave home, then carry the rest of my food stash for the day in this insulated lunch bag. I nibble between client visits to stay satisfied, energized, and focused. I never arrive home famished or too tired to work out!"
BUILT Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote, $22; builtny.com
Fill Up on Fruits and Veggies
"Being stocked with fruits and vegetables that travel well in my lunch bag ensures I get nine servings a day. I adore crunchy, zesty mini peppers because they are loaded with important phytonutrients — vitamins, minerals, and compounds like carotenoids, flavonoids, and lycopene — that have proven health benefits. To satisfy my craving for something sweet, I pack fruit that's already cut for easy snacking. The juiciness and sweet taste of colorful fruit like pineapple wedges, cubed watermelon, or quartered kiwis, quench my thirst and my appetite for something sweet!"
Pack in the Protein
"The right amount of protein helps keep my blood glucose level on track so I have energy to keep working and no grumbling from my stomach to derail my focus. My favorite forms of protein are crunchy natural peanut butter, hard-boiled eggs, leftover roasted chicken, drained and rinsed canned beans, and reduced-fat feta cheese."
Try Coke's Mini Me
"This handy new Coca-Cola Mini can is so refreshing and has only 90 calories! At just 7.5 oz. it fits nicely into my lunch bag and comes in 10 varieties. My favorite is Sprite Zero."
Coca-Cola Mini is available at major food stores nationwide and Target.
It's All About the Whole Grain
"Whether smeared with peanut butter, in a sandwich, or on their own, the grains in my lunch bag — low-fat and low-sodium whole-grain crackers, whole-wheat pita pockets — are comfort foods that make my meal feel complete!"