June 16, 2016 10:19 AM

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Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber doesn’t shy away from carbs!

“I have a very fast metabolism, so incorporating healthy carbs into my diet is a must,” the 5’10” Army Reserve lieutenant, 26, tells PEOPLE.

Barber works out five days a week, and likes to incorporate military-style moves into her training, such as flutter kicks, sit ups, planks, lunges and squats.

“My workout routine is really focused in my abdominals and my inner thighs,” she says. “I keep it light because I’m naturally slim, and it doesn’t take much for me to gain that muscle definition.”

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


2½ liters of water

Pre-breakfast snack

Protein shake made with ½ cup frozen strawberries, 8 oz. almond milk and 3 scoops Purium L.O.V. Super Meal


Toasted blueberry bagel with light cinnamon-raisin cream cheese


Open-faced sandwich with multigrain bread, smoked turkey, American cheese, slice of Bibb lettuce, tomato, spicy peppers and mustard




Seared salmon with light seasoning salt

Steamed broccoli with low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

Oven-roasted potatoes with rosemary, onion, salt, pepper and olive oil


Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut

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Total Calories:


The Verdict

Barber’s morning shake gets the seal of approval from dietitian Keri Glassman of nutritiouslife.com, but her bagel and cream cheese breakfast is “highly processed.” Glassman suggests swapping in a salad for the open-faced sandwich at lunch and adding almond or peanut butter to Barber’s banana snack for a “little protein and healthy fat.” And while the dinner is a “good, balanced meal,” the donut “is a fat and sugar bomb!”

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

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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