Nice to Meat...Katie Bulmer-Cooke (TV presenter and Fitness Pro)

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Katie Bulmer Cooke Diet Plan

Working as a personal trainer I get asked lots of questions about food (which I always love to answer…because I love food!), and one of the questions I'm asked most frequently is 'what do you eat?', so in this blog post I'm going to reveal all and share my saintly moments and a few little sins too…

Breakfast is a biggy for me as I like to get off to a good start food wise. That said, I just can't stomach lots of food too early on a morning, so if I've got a super early start then I like to go for something lighter such as a Nutri Bullet special made up of coconut water, spinach, pineapple, apple and cucumber. However, on a 'normal' day I treat breakfast like any other meal of the day and opt for a good quality source of protein such as chicken, steak, turkey or fish with something like a mixed veggie stir fry. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's certainly mine as it really sets me up for the day.

I'm not usually a snacker in the mornings as I like to get stuck into work, so by the time lunch time arrives I'm ready to eat. I work from home most of the time so I'm lucky to be able to just go and rustle something up. One of my favourite lunches at the minute is beef mince, stir fried with tomato puree, peas and spinach and sometimes served with a few sweet potato wedges.

I like to have two evening meals...I know what you're thinking…oink oink! But it works well. I have a small meal with my daughter Heidi when she gets in from school and then another when I finish my evening sessions or when the other half gets in. I'm a huge steak fan and love having that with mixed greens such as broccoli and kale, with some nice seasoning and another favourite is chicken pizza, using the chicken breast (butterflied and flattened) as the base and topping with tomato puree, peppers and a little goats cheese. The chicken pizza is lush with a mixed salad or parsnip chips.

I also love making chicken or turkey curries in the slow cooker, if you do, then why not try this recipe (all you have to do is chuck it all in the slow cooker on a low heat)...

Turkey Curried Squash Serves 2

You will need:

  • 2 turkey breasts (diced)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 2 gloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 de-seeded chili pepper
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 2 cups of cooked lentils
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint

It's fair to say I'm a meat lover (I tried being a veggie for a year, but I was soon swayed with a bacon sarnie that my mam waved under my nose)!

Now I promised I'd share my sins too, so here is the juicy gossip... Like everyone, I like a little treat too and probably once to twice per week I'll have something from my top 5 treats list...

  • Green and Blacks Chocolate
  • Popcorn (although I make it myself with honey and salt)
  • Homemade Chips (I bloody love chips and although home-made I do use quite a bit of oil to make sure they are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies (if I'm having these I make sure I buy a small packet, 'cos the temptation to eat the whole lot is too much!)
  • Vegetable Crisps dipped in Humus (although this doesn't have any 'nasty' ingredients it is quite calorific…but damn it tastes good!)

So there you have it, my food-life on plate!

Katie Bulmer-Cooke, is an award winning fitness trainer and TV presenter, who specialises in helping real women get results.