What I Eat In A Day: TV presenter Karen Koster
How the Xpose host and mother-of-two fuels her day.
How do you start your day?
First, I check the time on my phone, listen out for the babies to hear which one is awake first; then I fill their bottles with milk and fling open their bedroom door singing my stupid little 'Good Morning' song to them.
Do you prep your meals fresh or freeze them on a Sunday?
While on maternity leave, I had visions of myself spending Sunday batch cooking then freezing meals for the week. But in reality, it was eating into my time with the kids. Plus the meals I agonized over were always flung on the ground by an unimpressed toddler.
So now I tend to prep fresh when I can. Or make the dinner the night before for the next day. Dinners tend to be very simple.
How many meals do you eat per day?
Three plus two snacks.
What would be your staple breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Breakfast: A bowl of porridge microwaved with frozen berries, with a drizzle of honey. I’ve cut out orange juice as I was chugging back so much when I was pregnant, I think I used up my lifetime quota! Now it’s tea on a good day, or coffee if the babies have woken in the middle of the night.
Lunch: A tuna wrap or a brown bread sandwich.
Dinner: Anything the kids will also eat, so it’s pretty much lasagne/bangers and mash/chicken and broccoli bake/cottage pie…and repeat.
How often do you work out? On days you exercise, how does your diet differ than normal?
I don’t work out at all anymore. I used to be in the gym twice a week, always with a trainer as nothing else motivated me. But now I don’t finish my day until 9pm and I’m definitely not making time for exercise then.
I’m just hoping that as I’m more active these days due to the kids, that’ll get me by for now.
When you’re out for dinner, where do you frequent and what would be your usual order?
With the kids we love going to Milano’s for pizza where I’ll always go for the buffalo mozzarella thin crust pizza with basil and cherry tomatoes. For something fancy, we love Marco Pierre White in Donnybrook or Dax on Upper Pembroke Street in town. I love prawns to start, steak for mains, and banoffi pie for dessert.
How does your diet reflect training days vs off days?
I’m just eating for fuel these days, so whatever gets me through the day!
Are you completely opposed to sweet treats or do you allow yourself a cheat day?
I always have treats! I’d never go a full day with a couple of biscuits/chocolate/buttons nicked from the kids. I’d never eat a full chocolate bar if I was hungry, I’d always try and have fruit instead. But at 3pm and after dinner, there’s always room for a little hit of sugar.
How much water do you drink and do you take any supplements?
I probably drink about a litre a day and I always forget to take my vitamins, so they’re growing old in the press.
Karen Koster launched the Glenisk #SweetBaby search with a little help from Indie Osadebe, Jamie O’Sullivan and Abby Barry.
Glenisk is searching for a baby to be featured on the family dairy’s new range of Organic No-Added-Sugar Baby Yogurts. The winning baby will also win €1,000, a professional photo-shoot and a Glenisk & Tesco Loves Baby Goodie bag. Log onto glenisk.com for more.