September 24, 2015 04:39 PM

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With a physically and mentally demanding lead role in the new NBC drama Blindspot, Jaimie Alexander knows she always has to be on her game.

“I have very long, full days at work and don’t get much of a break to eat, so it’s important that I have good snacking food,” says the actress, 31. “I need something I can grab on the run and eat throughout the day between scenes to give me energy, to feel full and to keep my metabolism functioning.”

Luckily Alexander has a close friend who helps her stay on track when it comes to maintaining her stamina. “My stunt double, Ky Furneaux, and I have been friends for over ten years and currently live together while filming in New York,” says Alexander. “It’s easy for Ky to make a little extra of the same food she eats — for me.”

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For Alexander, the key to healthy eating is finding balance. “I don’t deny myself a treat every now and then, like fresh chocolate chip cookies,” she says. “Healthy eating should be part of your lifestyle rather than a chore you dread.”

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
3 liters of water

Breakfast
1 cup of coffee with almond milk
Protein smoothie with 1 scoop of Sunwarrior vanilla vegan protein and 2 cups of Califia Farms almond milk

Lunch
2 scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach, cheese and pesto
Corn tortilla with a dash of Vegenaise

Snacks throughout the day
Organic Avenue juice with cucumber, kale and celery
1 piece of fruit
2 cups of arugula salad with olive oil, pink salt and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
1 chocolate chip cookie
Half a cup of raw almonds
1 cup of veggies with hummus dip

Dinner
A piece of salmon
1 cup steamed broccoli
1/2 cup steamed carrots
1/2 cup steamed green beans
1 teaspoon of Earth Balance spread on the veggies with a dash of pink salt

Total Calories
1,995

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“I am a huge fan of snacking when done properly,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com. “Jaimie eats the perfect types of nutrient-dense food that make you consume less as the day goes on.” But, she adds: “A little tweaking to her portions, like fewer almonds, could anchor her health even further.”

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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