10 Surprising Foods Diet Experts Won't Give Up

If you think nutritionists are loading up on kale and carrots, you’re in for a big surprise.
  1. Popcorn
    “Popcorn is one of my favorite whole grains." - Elisa Zied, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and author of Younger Next Week
  2. Chocolate
    "It's great to include one ounce of high-quality dark chocolate in your eating plan every day. I look for dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa to ensure it contains flavonoids." - Lori Zanini, RD, CDE and Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  3. Grass-Fed Butter
    "I consume grass-fed butter every day because I consider it a health food. Grass-fed butter is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, and it helps slow down the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates, leading to consistent energy levels and improved brain function." - Cassie Bjork, RD, LD of Healthy Simple Life
  4. Coffee
    “You may not think you'd hear this from a nutritionist, but coffee plays an integral—and healthful—role in my day. The moderate amount of caffeine gives me just the right boost, plus–you may not know this–coffee also contains antioxidants and fiber!" - Stephanie Clarke MS, RD, co-owner of C&J Nutrition and co-author of the upcoming book, The Healthy, Happy Pregnancy Cookbook
  5. Chocolate Milk
    “I drink low-fat, organic chocolate milk every day—usually after my morning workout. Not only do I love the taste, but I also know it delivers a valuable mix calcium and vitamin D that I might not otherwise get enough of." - Elisa Zied, RDN
  6. Tahini
    “Tahini is an oft-forgotten option for nut and seed butters, but it sits front and center in my fridge because it delivers major creaminess to sauces and smoothies and packs a powerful flavor punch." - Willow Jarosh MS, RD co-owner of C&J Nutrition and co-author of the upcoming book, The Healthy, Happy Pregnancy Cookbook
  7. Chia Seeds
    “Chia seeds aren’t just a pet, they’re a party in your mouth. I'm a huge fan of them because they’re chock-full of heart-healthy omega-3s, fiber, protein and calcium." - Sarah Koszyk, MA, RD, founder of Family. Food. Fiesta
  8. Cereal
    “I always start my day with 3/4 cup of Bran Flakes with skim milk and 1/4 cup of berries. I’m a very active person, so it’s important that I kick off my day with a healthy dose of complex carbohydrates to fuel my morning." - Heather Mangieri, RDN, award-winning expert in food and nutrition and a board certified sports dietetics specialist
  9. Red Bell Peppers
    “I eat red bell peppers nearly every day. One medium pepper actually contains more vitamin C than an orange, and the vegetable is extremely versatile." - Lori Zanini, RD, CDE
  10. Figs
    “Figs are fabulous because they naturally satisfy my sweet tooth while still providing a good source of fiber, vitamin B6 and potassium. I’ll eat a serving (three) of them after a meal in order to control my cravings." - Sarah Koszyk, MA, RD