In a new series, we’ll be asking some of the country’s healthiest celebs to tell us all about their shopping habits. Today, we ask Siobhan Byrne of Body Byrne Fitness what’s in your basket?
Siobhan is director/co owner of Bodybyrne Fitness and full-time trainer. She is a brand ambassador for Puma. She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 10 years. Her background is in Kickboxing and she has competed in tournaments around Ireland.
Siobhan is an experienced certified trainer and has recently made the transition to tri-athlete then to the challenge of Iron Man 2011 and then winning the female relay in Iron Man 2012. She is a regular panelist on TV3 discussing diet and training. Siobhan is also a weekly columnist with The Irish Independent’s Fit Mag every Thursday featuring articles on how to get in shape and articles about how to keep fit through pregnancy. Siobhan is also blogger for Eurocycles Eurobaby and is currenty in the development stages of her new pregnancy fitness app.
Who looks after the weekly food shop in your house?
Online or In Store? Which works for you?
I do a bit of both, In certain stores I like particular products that I find handy, so I might end up going to two supermarkets and then a health foods shop and organic market on different days.
What five items are always on your list?
Piedmontese beef, two types of milk (dairy and non), eggs, chicken fillets and sweet potatoes.
How have your shopping habits changed over the last five years?
I have about 15 meals I alternate during the week. I don’t vary it much more than that. I keep it simple so I can make any one of the dishes within 15 minutes and it’s the same shop each week. I’ve become more organised since having my child.
What’s your staple dinner dish, on the menu every week?
A bowl of chili (healthy of course) served with baked sweet potato fries or wholemeal pasta.
What kind of food did you grow up with?
My Mom is a great cook – I definitely get it from her. We always had good homemade meals. I use to come home from school with fresh pasta drying all over the place and we always had plenty of veg and good sources of protein.
What is your mantra when it comes to feeding your family?
I keep it simple. After a busy day of work I have to be able to get a meal on the table in 15-20 minutes otherwise its doesn’t work. It’s always fresh with protein, carbohydrate and good fat source.
Are you health conscious? How does this affect your store cupboard?
Completely, you really wont find any junk food in our house at all and if I am going to have something sweet I’ll make it. Paul and I have recently completely cut out all extra sugars from our diet like chocolate biscuits sweets etc, and we feel much better for it. Our daughter Regan (at the moment) loves fruit more than sweets so its easy not to have them for her either – she gets unbelievably excited at a clementine or raisins.
What’s in your fridge right now?
Very little at the moment! I have to go shopping, so a cauliflower, broccoli some fruit and some bacon for the weekend.
What did you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner last weekend?
Breakfast was 3 eggs scrambled with some spinach and half an avocado.
I snacked on a small handful of nuts and dried cranberries In work and then
lunch was a slice of wholemeal bread with lots of tuna and a little olive oil. Later that afternoon, I snacked on the leftover tuna with some salad in work. Last weekend was a birthday weekend, so we had dinner out with friends. I had a bit of bread with Dingle Gin and Tonic, some Calamari and some Gnocchi for mains but just half a portion, as it was very filling and no dessert. I’m good Monday to Friday and we eat out once a week. We have a rule when you’re out you’re out, have what you want and I tend to go for things I would never cook.
Body Byrne is Dublin’s exclusive, by appointment only one-on-one personal training studio. Their studio offers a modern, bright training space with never more than 6 clients on the floor at one time. To make an appointment or to find out more, log onto www.bodybyrne.ie