What I Eat In A Day: Storm Keating
Storm Keating shares her day on a plate.
Where do you shop?
Marks & Spencer or I use the Waitrose delivery service if I need to have the groceries delivered to the house at the same time we land back in London.
Describe your typical breakfast?
Poached eggs on sourdough toast and a cappuccino.
... typical lunch?
Toasted ham and salad sandwich, or a fresh baguette with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato and basil.
... typical dinner?
Steak, chips and broccoli.
... typical daily snacks?
Smoothies, banana bread and chocolate.
Is there anything you won’t eat?
Oysters and anchovies.
What would you cook to impress someone?
A beef Wellington.
Guilty food pleasure?
Creamy desserts and chocolate.
Food hangover cure?
A KFC chicken fillet burger and milkshake.
Chicken pad Thai or a butter chicken.
It's really good to hear that Storm does her very best to avoid food waste, and planning meals in advance is a smart way to ensure that you’re not spending a fortune on excess food that won’t be eaten.
Both Storm and her husband Ronan, seem to have a very healthy and balanced attitude to food. They tend to stick to the foods and meals that suit their busy lifestyle best, and will support their energy levels throughout the day. They choose the same range of foods to eat most days at home, and they include plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruit, including spinach, broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, apples and blueberries.
Eating nutrient-rich plant foods every day can really help to support a hectic lifestyle — it can keep your immune system healthy when travelling and help to prevent illness.
Most of us will have heard about the importance of eating breakfast, as it breaks the long overnight fast and helps to boost your metabolism, fill your body with nutrients and kick-start your system for the day.
Storm opts for a nutritious and hearty breakfast of poached eggs on sourdough toast to help keep her feeling full, right up until lunchtime.
Eggs are a rich source of protein, and the sourdough toast will help to boost her energy levels. She may want to add some baby spinach leaves, avocado or tomato to her breakfast to further increase its content of fibre and vitamins.
Like many people, Storm enjoys a cappuccino with her breakfast. I often suggest that coffee and tea drinkers begin their day with a mug of warm water and lemon, as this helps to hydrate your body before drinking caffeine.
Caffeinated drinks act as a diuretic and can dehydrate your system, which may affect energy levels and concentration. The lemon water helps to ensure you’re well hydrated before the caffeine enters your system.
For lunch, Storm chooses a simple, quick and energy-boosting sandwich or baguette filled with ham, prosciutto, cheese or tomato.
If you’re busy, it can be sometimes difficult to find the time for a nourishing lunch, but it’s important to eat at least every four hours to keep energy levels and blood sugar levels stable. Grabbing a sandwich filled with protein and vegetables is a smart way to boost nutrient levels in your body to keep you going for the afternoon.
My advice is to choose wholegrain and seeded bread, rolls or wraps over regular white versions, for the extra fibre.
Storm’s evening meal is usually steak, broccoli and chips. It’s great to see that she eats plenty of green veggies, and she could improve the
nutrient quality of her dinner even more by opting for sweet-potato wedges, baked with a little coconut oil and sea salt, rather than regular chips.
For snacks, Storm goes for smoothies, banana bread and
chocolate. Green smoothies in
particular make a super daily snack, and help to increase your dietary leafy greens even more. A little chocolate each day is fine for an active person, and Storm could even choose 85pc cocoa chocolate as it’s lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants, which research suggests may be heart-healthy.
Overall, Storm’s diet is nutrient-rich, well-balanced and ideal for her busy lifestyle.