Lyndie Greenwood’s Food Diary: What I Eat in a Day

10/02/2015 at 08:56 AM ET

Lyndie Greenwood Courtesy Lyndie Greenwood

When she’s traveling for work, Sleepy Hollow actress Lyndie Greenwood takes advantage of her unique schedule by trying out new restaurants.

“It’s a great way to get to know the city you’re in,”says Greenwood. “Atlanta [where she’s currently shooting Sleepy Hollow‘s new season] has been fantastic that way. I’m always up for recommendations,” she says. “So tweet me!”

But if you do send a suggestion her way, make sure the restaurant offers plenty of veggie options. “I’m not always vegetarian, but I try to be mostly,” says the actress, 32.

When it comes to snacking, Greenwood usually opts for fruit, like apple or grapes. But even at the end of a long day on set she manages to keep things healthy: “I’ll make some stove-top popcorn to munch on,” she says. “All you need is a little olive oil and salt  but you can add different herbs and spices to mix things up,” she adds.

Check out her daily food log below, and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands now) to read more about her diet.

Hydration
2 liters of water

Breakfast
Hot water with lemon
1 hard-boiled egg
A piece of sprouted multi-grain toast with butter

Snack
Coffee with almond milk mid-morning

Lunch
Kale and avocado salad with nutritional yeast dressing and marinated tofu

Snack
Apple

Dinner
Veggie burger with fries

Total Calories
1,200

“It’s great that Lyndie chooses nutrient-dense foods rather than empty calories like white bread, chips or candy,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com. “But the calories may not be adequate to fuel her properly,” she adds, suggesting Greenwood eat a bit more throughout the day.

One thing Glassman loves about Greenwood’s meal plan is that she is not afraid of butter. “A little butter is better than a fake alternative,” Glassman explains. “It’s a super-healthy choice — especially if you go with grass-fed butter which provides omega 3’s and vitamin K.”

And Greenwood gets top marks for adding fries to her dinner. “She needs a little indulgence!” says Glassman, who says she can also “pump up her snacks with healthy fat by adding nuts to her fruit.”

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

—Antoinette Y. Coulton, @diamondtennis

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Serafina on

I will never for the life of me, understand the infatuation with being super thin by acting like a bird. By all means be healthy! But dont semi starve yourself.

Im sure this chick works out and burns calories from her job, so she can eat more veggies, be filled and still have tons of energy. You know that whole fuel food thing.

This diet is gross and shouldnt be an ideal for anyone. Just eat normal. Whatever the heck you want and dont go fall asleep afterwards talking about yo are tired.

Jennifer on

She forgot… Evening: 1 lb of chocolate binge because I starved myself all day.

suny on

No way that’s 1200 calories. That better be 1 huge kale salad at lunch! What’s on the veggie burger? I picture a patty with maybe a few fries. Give me a break. No wonder people feel bad about themselves after reading this. I should be ashamed of myself for eating more than this.

Brooke on

Listen – I get what it means to be healthy and not obese.

But this just sucks. This is NOT living. I will take my muffin top and eat my pizza thanks.

Tina on

This repeated 1,200 cals a day is so false! Most women need at least 1,400 just to ‘live’ not to mention adding calories if they are working out regularly – so 1,500 is really the minimum (add more if you are a faithful 5 day a week exerciser). Tired of this wrong info always being published.

Margot on

She seems like a lovely girl but this is not a good meal plan to follow. She eats so little! Surely a coffee with almond milk can’t be considered a snack? I somewhat hate articles like this because it gives people unrealistic expectations of a “healthy” diet.

Carol Syrup on

Her job requires her to be super slim. If she had your job she could be heavier.

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