As a fitness brand consultant and founder of fashion-loving blog MizzFit, Bianca Jade works with apparel companies from W8 Fit to Lady Foot Locker— and she loves to test-drive it all. Fortunately her life allows for that. Jade completes no fewer than two workouts a day: “One’s usually for work, the other’s just for me,” says Jade, who’s currently training for her fifth New York City Marathon.
So what does the super-fit New Yorker do to keep her energy up for her training runs and copious workouts? She reaches into her “double-wide fridge” stocked with lots of “grab-and-go produce,” several kinds of yogurt, and a few personal dietary vices like Fanta and corn dogs. What are they doing in her diet? MizzFit’s Bianca Jade explains:
How do you describe your eating habits? Are you a vegetarian?
I’m from St. Louis, Missouri, so I’d be banned if I were a vegetarian! But I’m also not a cook, so I’ll typically have an easy salad for dinner. I’m definitely a meat lover, but I usually go for fish first, then chicken. I’ve tried to curb eating beef and red meat, because I know it’s probably not the best for my body.
Has being in the fitness industry and writing MizzFit affected the way you eat?
It has totally changed me. When I started writing about fitness trends, I was writing about supplements or things I just wasn’t into. But learning about food as nutrition, that’s a real education. I now know to eat dark leafy greens, etc. Mind you, there are things I won’t cut out…
Speaking of, we have to address the cans of Fanta in your fridge.
I tell everyone to cut out soda—it’s full of sugar, and sodium, and it absolutely leads to weight gain. But every few weeks I crave something really sweet, and I just want a Fanta. These are mini cans—too much gives me a stomach ache. I’m Honduran, and I spent a lot of time in Honduras as a kid. Flavored sodas are really big there, so that’s the connection.
So you’re okay with junk food from time to time?
I’ve never been a dieter, ever. I stick to the idea of portion control. Like the mini child-size corn dogs I have in my freezer. Having a bite of one at home prevents a midnight run to the bodega for something worse, like three bags of Swedish Fish.
You have three kinds of yogurt in your fridge!
I’m a big fan of the probiotics, and I always want it in the morning. The coffee flavor one just goes with a cup of coffee. The Dannon Actives I’ll toss in my purse and drink with an energy bar or a bagel. If I’m going to an early Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp or Refine Method class, I have to eat something beforehand or I feel like hell.
You have a rocking body and eat bagels?
I do a few marathons a year, and a bagel to me feels like it’s digesting slowly over the course of the run. It keeps me going. I can eat a lot of carbs and still be okay. That’s my body though. For me, it’s candy or frozen yogurt that’s a problem.
So what’s a typical meal for you?
I’m not a meal-eater, I’m a grazer. I’m constantly eating all day long. And I think it’s healthier for me, since I do two workouts a day and I feel like I have to be constantly fueling. I’ve always looked at food as fuel. I’m not a cook or a foodie. When I’m hungry, I have no patience. I grab veggies and eat them in a salad, or some cheese and a tortilla. Women in New York are so good and controlled and into being healthy and scheduled about their meals and trips to Organic Avenue. I’m not like that. I wish I was.
What kind of tortillas?
I love Ezekiel’s. I warm them up on the stove with a little oil and add cheese to make a quesadilla. Though I’m part gringa, my Honduran family would shake their heads at me if I used flour tortillas. I let the Ezekiel ones slide because they’re grainy enough to pass for corn…sort of. And they’re healthy.
How will you use the corn on the cob?
I’ll shave it into a bowl of kale with some cheese, turkey, and chopped yellow peppers. That’s a pretty big deal dinner for me. Like I said, I don’t really cook. I totally had a corn dog and edamame for dinner last night after my training run. It was so delicious!
That a big bottle of liquid chlorophyll. How are you using it?
My mom got me into it. I really hate the taste, but it’s a good source of magnesium, replenishes red blood cells, and is good for energy. I’ll force myself to eat something that’s healthy even if I don’t super like it.
Sounds like your mom has good eating habits.
She does! In the Hispanic culture, there’s not a lot of healthy-eating awareness. But she’s always been into having a healthy kitchen and has definitely inspired me to be healthier. If my mom’s drinking liquid chlorophyll and I’m in the fitness world and not, I kind of feel guilty.
Cute eye-cooling mask in the ice bin!
I get migraines, and it helps for that. I really don’t like migraine medication. I’d rather eat healthy to cure what ails me. Although I’m not sure the corn dogs are helping… —Melisse Gelula
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