HOW I STAY HEALTHY
by TV presenter Sally Obermeder
TV’s Sally Obermeder shares secrets
A shock cancer scare, a flourishing career and two young kids — Sally Obermeder tells how she balances it all and keeps her glow! My breakfast is always a green smoothie. They keep me full right up until I have lunch and I always make sure it’s chockfull of nutrients — from fruit and vegies through to Swiish Delish Super Green Superfood Powder. Thanks to smoothies, my energy levels, digestion and skin are the best they have ever been! I can’t resist a fresh salad for lunch. Gone are the days when salads were seen as super boring! These days any ingredient can feature in a salad, so opportunities for tasty combos are almost endless. Now that the weather has been warming up, I’ve become obsessed with using lots of mangoes in salads. Just like most people, 3:30pm-itis hits me hard, which is why I always have a snack on hand. Otherwise, it’s just too easy to reach out for a chocolate bar, which will see me crashing half an hour later.
I make a big batch of Superfood Energy Balls on a Sunday afternoon and store them everywhere: in the car, at my Channel Seven desk for when I finish on air at The Daily Edition, and in the fridge at Swiish HQ. They’re incredibly yummy — they have a delicious tangy lime taste and they’re ultra satisfying. They’re perfect for that 3pm hit! My happy place is in the kitchen, so I do most of the cooking at home. We live by a lean, fab and fast ethos, which is especially important for dinner. After a huge day I don’t want to spend six hours cooking something that uses eight different pots and pans, so this means I like everything to be quick and easy in the kitchen! In these warmer summer months, though, I’m really getting stuck into cooking all kinds of bowls (see p50). Since I became a mum, I’m a lot more aware of the energy I need to tackle my work, take care of the kids, the business and everything else in between. I’m usually sleep deprived, so how I’m feeling is an instant reflection of what I’ve been eating. Before Marcus and I had kids, it didn’t really matter all that much if we didn’t have any food in the house because we could just pop out down the road for dinner. Now that we have two girls under five, I always have snacks stashed at home, in the car and at work. They’re always hungry! My go-to dessert when entertaining is Two-Minute Strawberry Gelato. Yep, two minutes is all it takes, which is just perfect for when you’re hosting guests. I often joke that I have a main stomach and a dessert stomach, meaning that I could be full from dinner but will always make room for a serve of dessert, because it gets a different allocation of food! My favourite healthy shortcut is to cook meals in bulk. I then store extras in the freezer to take to work with me. I also like to have a second smoothie in the evening when I’m getting the girls’ dinner ready. It stops me from randomly eating everything in sight, and keeps me going until I get them to bed. I have such a sweet tooth, but if I have a craving, I don’t fight it. We could have filled a book with my favourite guilt-free snacks (my sister, Maha, is lucky — she just doesn’t have a sweet tooth). My pick is Chocolicious Fudge Balls — they really hit the spot. To me, being healthy means enjoying everything, but in moderation. I make sure I exercise a few days each week and cook wholesome meals, but I’m also not going to deprive myself of treats! I really love pizza and ice cream, but it just doesn’t leave me feeling very nourished or energised. So I always try to tick the lean, fab and fast boxes for the majority of my meals, so I that I can feel amazing. Nothing beats that feeling.
I have such a sweet tooth, but if I have a craving, I don’t fight it
Sally’s new recipe book, written with her sister Maha Koraiem, is Super Green: Simple and Lean, and is published by Allen & Unwin ($24.99).