You’ve probably seen Chloe Ting’s exercise and food-related videos on YouTube, or at least know of someone who attempted one of the numerous fitness challenges she uploads onto her website. When the spread of COVID-19 led to the closure of gyms and fitness studios around the world, the popularity of at-home workout videos — Chloe’s niche — exploded. People turned to such videos to maintain some semblance of their normal exercise routine. Even I attempted three of Chloe’s challenges: Summer Shred 2020, Summer Shred 2021 and her hourglass challenge. Completing the workouts on a daily basis took a lot of willpower and discipline, but it left me feeling stronger and more confident overall.
But Chloe Ting doesn’t just upload content relating to exercise: She also has many different recipe ideas and “What I Eat in a Day” videos on her YouTube channel. She promises delicious, healthy, easy and fresh meal ideas that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized rather than bloated and sluggish. I decided to put her claims to the test and ate like Chloe Ting for 24 hours to fully immerse myself in the fitness influencer’s lifestyle and see whether her diet is realistic and sustainable for the average person.
I started off my day with a familiar staple: a big old bowl of oatmeal! Chloe’s breakfast is not too different from what I normally eat on a daily basis; she makes her oatmeal with ½ cup of oats, hot water, almond milk, stevia and tops it off with almond butter, jam, banana and cinnamon. Oatmeal is my absolute favorite breakfast food because it’s super hearty and filling, leaving you full and energized to start the day. It’s also a super versatile food; there are so many different ways to prepare oatmeal and different toppings to go along with it, such as banana nut, blueberry, peanut butter and jam and apple cinnamon, among others. It’s also not too difficult to prepare and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to whip together, making it perfect for people who have limited time or don’t want to cook in the mornings.
Lunch: Salmon and veggies
For lunch, I made Chloe’s crispy salmon seasoned with ginger powder, salt and pepper, accompanied by a large bowl of chopped cucumbers and tomatoes topped with feta cheese and drenched in olive oil. The meal was tasty and nourishing; the healthy fats from the salmon, olive oil and feta cheese left me feeling satiated early on. I also found that the added kick of ginger aided my digestion and prevented me from bloating after eating. As someone who isn’t that great at cooking, this recipe was still relatively easy and quick to prepare. However, I wish the salmon and vegetables had a tad more flavor, which I feel like could have been added either through a dressing or sauce.
Snack: Fruit and nut dark chocolate
Just like Chloe, I have a big sweet tooth, so I was super excited to find that Chloe also loves chocolate and has it as a snack in the afternoon. I wasn’t able to get my hands on the exact chocolate brand Chloe eats — the Pana Organic Strawberry & Pistachio dark chocolate — so I substituted it with the Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate brand. The sweetness from the cherries, tartness from the dark chocolate and crunchiness from the almond chunks were the perfect pick-me-up at 4 p.m.!
Dinner: Shrimp salad
Lastly on the menu was shrimp salad. In a large glass mixing bowl, I created Chloe’s sauce by blending cilantro, soy sauce, lime juice, chili flakes, ginger and water. I popped thawed frozen shrimp into the bowl and let it marinate in the fridge before adding it to the same hot pan where I warmed rice and leftover vegetables on the stove to go along with it. Overall, this meal was very filling and more flavorful than lunch and wasn’t that much more difficult to assemble together! At this point, however, I was growing tired of having seafood as the main course and vegetables on the side, wishing that the recipe was less repetitive.
Overall, I found Chloe’s meal plan to be easy to follow, nutritionally balanced and tasty! You don’t have to eat exactly like Chloe Ting to stay fit and healthy, but go ahead and incorporate some of these recipe ideas into your lifestyle if you want to add more variety to your weekly menu.