By peoplestaff225
Updated April 15, 2015 05:53 PM

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