How Staying Organized Helps A Busy Nutritionist (and Mom) Eat Well

Registered Dietitian Lara Metz is a wellness superstar. Trust me, we worked together for 10 years and she’s like family to me. She was also the very first person to be Nutritious Life Certified. (That’s history!)

Now, she runs her own nutrition practice in bustling New York City while also raising two adorable daughters (who double as recipe taste-testers, naturally).

But Metz is not one to subsist on protein bars eaten between meetings with clients and school pick-up. “I have to eat three meals per day,” she says. “I can’t graze at a cocktail party and call it dinner. My day feels incomplete if I don’t sit at a table and eat my meal.” (I can vouch for this. She does NOT miss a meal.)

One practice that allows her to do that? Staying organized.

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Metz’s latest project, Curated Kitchen, is a collaboration with professional organizer Barbara Reich. To show you how a streamlined kitchen can lead to a more balanced life (and meals), the duo edits your kitchen, eliminating unhealthy food and clutter and leaving a stocked, organized space behind.

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Keep reading to find out more about the habits that keep Metz healthy and happy daily, AKA her Nutritious Life.

Lara Metz

How Lara Metz Lives a Nutritious Life

What’s your go-to breakfast? 2 farm-fresh eggs with 1/2 avocado and 1 slice Ezekiel bread.

Your go-to workday lunch? I love a hot lunch like lentil soup with spinach or a kale salad with salmon and avocado.

Your go-to workday dinner? I feed a family of four so it varies. If it’s a quick-fix dinner, I throw shrimp, white beans, tomatoes, and a couple of garlic cloves in a casserole dish with olive oil and bake. Everyone is happy with this meal.

What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Eggs.

The snack you always have with you when traveling? Wonderful Pistachios or Elemental Superfood Bars.

What do you eat before and after a workout? Depends on the workout and time of day. If I’m playing tennis, which is my favorite workout, I eat oatmeal with blueberries, banana, and hemp seeds before and a handful of walnuts and a clementine after.

Your favorite food indulgence? Cupcakes!

How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? It varies week to week. Tennis is my absolute favorite. It’s a great cardio workout and is social at the same time.

How do you stay active outside the gym? I’m constantly on the go when I’m not with clients. Two kids keep me very busy.

Do you have a favorite health gadget? I love my Simply Being app on my iPhone.

What does it mean to you to “live consciously”? I’m very mindful of myself and my surroundings. I think about every decision I make and how it impacts me and everyone around me.

Lightning Round

Meditation or massage? Massage
A hot shower or a soothing bath? Bath
Almond butter or peanut butter? Peanut butter
Coffee or tea? Don’t talk to me before I’ve had coffee!
A long run outside or a dark spin class? Spin.

“How Do You Live a Nutritious Life?” is a recurring column. Featured guests complete a questionnaire and select answers are then chosen and edited to share, here. Are you a wellness pro interested in sharing how you live a Nutritious Life? Email to be considered.



How Can I Use My Nutritious Life Certification?


Are you looking to change or improve your life, or help others do the same?  The Nutrition School is my passion project to do just that. It has been an honor to work so many talented people who share my dream of helping as many people as possible live their most Nutritious Lives.

The Nutrition School has helped students become healthier versions of themselves and given them the education and guidance they need to coach others to do the same.

 If you are thinking about making a change in your life — maybe you want to begin a new career in health and wellness or maybe you want to find new inspiration in your existing one — then becoming Nutritious Life Certified might be your perfect first step.

 If you’re wondering how you could use your Nutritious Life Certification, here are a few ways it may help you achieve the life you’ve always dreamed of. We want to see your dream become a beautiful reality.

 Registered Dietitians: So many registered dietitians put in long hours in the classroom and hard work throughout their Dietetic Internship to achieve their RD credentials, but many still desire more career direction. Many RDs begin working in hospitals, but want to learn how to counsel clients on a more personal level outside the hospital. Some are already privately counseling clients, but struggle on the business side to build their practice and referral bases, while others are new to the field and need to learn how to effectively communicate with clients by turning confusing science into relatable lessons. Becoming Nutritious Life Certified can help each of these types of Registered Dietitians become better at what they do and give them the direction they need for a more successful and fulfilling career.

Fitness and Athletic Coaches, Yoga and Pilates Instructors, Personal Trainers, etc.: We can’t tell you how many group fitness and personal trainers have asked us for the best resources to use with their clients to address the nutrition component of their sessions. After all, a healthy diet goes hand in hand with regular exercise! The Nutritious Life Certification teaches trainers research-based nutrition straight from an expert so they can be confident they are giving their clients proper advice. It also gives them an edge up on their competition, since more often than ever clients want trainers who have a reputable nutrition certification. This allows trainers the flexibility to offer separate nutrition consultations, more comprehensive training sessions, and/or the ability to create the most effective full meal plans for their clients who have specific goals and need a diet plan to reach those goals.

Life Coaches and Health Coaches: Often Life Coaches and Health Coaches address a wide breadth of issues of their clients and they need a variety of certifications to be able to address specific needs. Being Nutritious Life Certified gives them a premier education when it comes to nutrition, and they will undoubtedly become better overall counselors by learning from Keri’s principles. Coaches will also learn how to grow their businesses and gain more clients for long-term success. Our students who completed other certification programs before joining The Nutrition School have described it as the perfect complement to fill any gaps, answer any questions, and give them a roadmap.

 Massage Therapists and other spa specialists: Those in the business of helping others live healthy lives can greatly benefit from understanding how nutrition complements their efforts. Many massage therapists and spa specialists perform treatments on clients interested in nutrition counseling, allowing this certification to go hand in hand with their efforts. Upon becoming Nutritious Life Certified, specialists will be well-prepared to guide clients on healthy lifestyle modifications and support them in their endeavours.

 Chefs: With so many consumers becoming health conscious, culinary arts experts are turning to nutrition education to become more current, more creative, and healthier in the kitchen. Whether working in a restaurant or a private home, chefs are constantly having to accommodate special dietary and allergy requests. The Nutrition School offers chefs the education to understand various dietary requests and how to best fulfill them. It also offers them a wealth of information that will no doubt help them become more creative in menu planning and more up to date on trends in the health and nutrition world.

 Stay at home moms: Who says you need to work outside of the home to be able to benefit from the Nutritious Life certification? Not us! Being the CEO of a family is one of the hardest jobs around, especially when you have a spouse with a food allergy, a toddler who will only eat things that are white, a teenager who eats too much junk food, and everything in between. Many moms tell us that they end up cooking 3 different meals to please everyone and either only have time to nibble off their kids’ plates or eat snacks out of a bag all day. Whatever the case may be, moms will get the education, motivation, and support they need to live their most Nutritious Life, as well as provide one for their families, no matter how many ages and issues surround their dinner tables.

 Writers, editors, and bloggers: What better way to be an expert in the health and wellness field than to learn from the premier expert in nutrition? As someone who is turned to for health and nutrition advice all across America, Keri helps explain the science behind so many stories consumers want to hear about. Writing stories and producing segments about health and nutrition becomes so much easier when you have the background science and foundation to support your points. As a Registered Dietitian and author, Keri knows all about what it takes to excel in the creative and media world with roots in nutrition.

 Nurses and medical professionals: Those in the business of helping others live healthy lives can greatly benefit from understanding how nutrition complements their efforts. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are constantly exposed to the effects of poor nutrition and many of their patients look to them for nutrition advice. The Nutritious Life Certification provides the background necessary to properly guide patients to prevent and treat disease, as well as inform them on current nutrition education information. Students will also be able to connect with other like-minded individuals through the community-based Nutrition School group to further support their goals and endeavors in the field.

 Career changers: Who says you have to sit at a desk for the rest of your career? There’s no sense in spending your days doing something you just don’t like. The Nutrition School is an enthusiasm-based and passion-led course that shows students the ins and outs of good nutrition and business practices in the field of health and nutrition. Upon becoming Nutritious Life Certified you will be able to guide and support clients to live their healthiest lives!