HOW I STAY HEALTHY

by TV pre­sen­ter Sally Ober­meder

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

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).

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