The Chew’s Carla Hall: What I Eat in a Day

04/15/2015 at 05:53 PM ET

Carla Hall

Raise your hand if you wish you could snack all day long — and get paid for it!

Chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s cooking and recipe show The Chew, has an unusual diet that includes sampling one delicious bite after another. Check out what she eats on a regular day at the office below—and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands Friday) to read more about her diet.

6:15 a.m.
16 oz. of water

7:15 a.m.
Oatmeal with bananas, raw walnuts, cinnamon and honey
1 slice of potato and yellow pepper frittata

8:45 a.m. Tastes of various dishes at The Chew (1-2 bites of each)
Rack of lamb with mint pesto and potato galette
Danish stuffed with ham and Gruyère cheese
4 8-oz. glasses of water

11:00 a.m.
Spinach Salad with avocado, 1/4 cup croutons, 1/4 cup blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

11:20 a.m.
12-oz. cup of popcorn

Noon Tastes of various dishes at The Chew
Chocolate Coco Locos (like Ding Dongs)
Chocolate cupcakes
Chocolate cornflakes
Chicken Mole Enchiladas

3:00 p.m. Recipe testing (More small tastes)
Sauteed cabbage and collards with lemon
Green beans with almond/herb bread crumb mixture
Root vegetable gratin (turnips, beets, rutabagas and potatoes)
Glazed ham
Buttermilk pie
2 cups of herbal tea
2 16-oz. glasses of water

Total Calories

Since she has so many opportunities to indulge, the 5’11” chef makes sure to treat her body as well as her taste buds by practicing Bikram yoga five times a week. “I initially started with my husband Matthew during The Chew‘s holiday break in 2014,” Hall, 50, tells PEOPLE. “It was challenging, but we committed to going every day. Before we knew it, we had gone 22 days in a row, so we went for the 30-day challenge!”

She felt the effects right away. “I noticed that my arms and core were stronger and more toned, and I had more energy,” she says. “I also felt more centered. And I was much more present at work.”

Dietitian Keri Glassman of weighs in on Carla’s meals (if you can even call them that!): “Carla does a good job of having a balanced breakfast and getting in greens and other veggies at her “normal” meals,” says Glassman. “But since she has so many bites, licks and picks at the show and recipe testing, I would steer clear of the carb-heavy breakfasts and focus on protein and veggies like an egg scramble. She needs the protein to satisfy her; plus, she gets plenty of carbs and sugar later in the day.”

Keri adds that it’s not easy with a job like this. “Carla is in a really tough position because the testing food isn’t always healthy,” she says. “In her other meals she loads up on the veggies and lean protein and tea, which she likes! Also, great job hyrdating, Carla!”

NOTE: It is recommended that women should eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men should eat at least 1,800 calories per day.

–Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, @StephEmmaPfeff

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Melanie on

Still can’t get over how much she looks like Tracie-Ellis Ross, Diana Ross’s daughter!

Pft on

It kind of worries me that she has 1-2 bites of each dish and considers it a meal, yet these dishes usually make up a full meal at a gathering and surely people have more than 1-2 bites. Are they putting out super calorie rich recipes that they themselves wouldn’t even eat as a normal meal?

Also, that disclaimer at the bottom of recommended calories is silly. It all depends on an individual’s body (a taller woman will likely have higher metabolic needs), activity level, etc. It’s a starting point, sure, but clearly she’s doing okay at 1800+ at 5’11” and active.

carylee on

cannot figure out the Chew. why are they always gitty. it really gets annoying. the only one who’s not really is Mario and maybe Michael but the rest , you really get on my nerves. I’m still trying to figure out who of them that are not chefs Clinton and Oz? be on the show there unqualified really they are. and Carla is so odd looking her hair is gross, her eyeglasses are gross, her clothes are gross, she really is offensive to look at. don’t get her looks at all and I don’t care what she eats. sorry. she thinks she is funny but she is not!

Jessica on

Carla is beautiful. What a kind and loving spirit she has.
The inky think I can’t get over is how, according to this, she stops eating at 3pm?

Erin on

I LOVE Carla Hall — fell in love w her spirit when I 1st saw her on Top Chef. I don’t watch as much of The Chew as I used to — hard when you are diagnosed a diabetic & on a journey of weight loss. While there are many things on the show that I could eat — many I shouldn’t. In response to this …. not only does it seem like she stops eating at 3pm, but I call TOTAL BS on the amount of caloriea in all that was listed!!! The amount of calories in just a bite add up fast. While reading this — wasn’t even to noon & she seemed to have had more than I have in most my day. But, I usually don’t read these celebrity “my eating” thingies, but waa curious since I love Ms. Carla. Still LoVe ya Carla, but still think total calories for what is listed above is WAY OFF!!

cynic1018 on

one of my least favorites on the show, second only to Michael symon, who I used to like, but has turned into an idiot on this show. he needs to quit acting like a 12 year old girl and stop being so silly.

Sandi on

I don’t know WHY anyone would kick these people down ! If you don’t like them,,DON’T WATCH ! Get a hold of yourself ! I LOVE them ALL ! It’s like I have my best friends coming into my livingroom everyday ! I get to see great food,,get advice,,and my fav..hearing Clinton Kelly say ” HAVE A FABOUS DAY EVERYBODY ! So,,I will watch it till it ain’t no more ! ❤

Sandi on

I LOVE CARLA !! She makes me smile all the time. She is funny,,and I LOVE her clothes and hair. YOU GO,GRL !

NoeliA Aanulds on

Unusual Tip to quickly get a flatter belly while still enjoying all the food you love. You just got to watch this video

Debbie on

I’ll admit in the beginning I DID NOT care for this show. But after FINALLY giving it a chance, I started enjoying it and found some of the people on the show funny!! I LOVE CARLA!! She can be so funny. I LOVE DAPHNE she’s cute! The rest of the crew is ok.

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