Lorraine Keane parked her passion for fashion for a short time only to whip up a brand new healthy stir fry with Camile Thai.

We sat down to ask the presenter and style icon a few questions about healthy cooking, well being and staying fit.

Why are you passionate about cooking healthily?

Why not? It is possible for the healthy food to be equally tasty.  I still use far too much butter and have the odd unhealthy indulgence but everything in moderation!

What do you do to stay fit? 

A regular exercise class of Pilates or Yoga Barre, walking the dogs and I never take the lift.
Thank God I don’t live in New York (high rise buildings!).

What are the top three ingredients we should all have in our store cupboards for whipping up short notice healthy dishes? 

Italian and Asian dishes are relatively easy to prepare once you have the bases -  a good rice or pasta - in the cupboard. I’ve switched to wholewheat on both as white rice and plain pasta
have virtually no health benefits - they are just empty carbs that give you a quick energy boost, but what goes up must come down and will also turn to fat unless you burn it off. A tin of tomatoes and Parmesan cheese go a long way. I always have chicken fillets and prawns in the freezer and lots of Asian herbs like Garamond masala, tumeric, cumin and chilli flakes. Garlic that’s a must in every dish. Oops that’s more than 3, sorry!

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How do you balance 'treat nights' (like takeaways) with healthy nutrition? 

Treat nights are very important. Before my annual visits to the developing world (8 years ago) I stressed way too much about what my children ate, thinking they had to have the right amount of every food group on their plates at each meal time. Now I know that is completely unnecessary. I have seen how little children need to survive and live healthily.
If they don’t finish what’s on their plate I don’t force them. As children we were not allowed leave the table until everything on our plate was gone.

What are your favourite family time healthy activities to do together?

Walking the dogs, climbing the sugar loaf, cycling.

How do you unwind? 

See above. Going out for a meal is one of my favourite things to do or going to the cinema. I also love to dance (disco) so it’s nice to get a bop in now and again. I find dancing is so good for the soul.

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What are the benefits of the ingredients that you've chosen for the Camile chicken stir fry?

Good Nutrition is vital for our hormonal, physical and mental health. I carefully chose each ingredient with this in mind.

  • Garlic - Contains active ingredient ALLICIN (activated on crushing) which is anti-viral and
    anti-bacterial
  • Ginger - Great for inflammation, bloating, digestion
  • Broccoli - Contains vitamins K,C,B, antioxidants and fibre which all protect us from
    free radical damage in our bodies, helps hormonal balance
  • Whole-wheat rice - High in protein, fibre which helps lower cholesterol, balancing blood sugars and keeps you full for longer.
  • Chicken - A great source of lean protein that builds and repairs muscle
  • Mushrooms - Contain protein, fibre, selenium which increase immunity
  • Red Peppers - Vitamin C, β carotene and anti-oxidants.
  • Green pepper- same as above….but Red pepper have 11 times the β carotene and 1.5 times the Vitamin C more than green. Green peppers are just unripe red peppers!
  • Scallions - Have calcium, Iron and Vitamin C
  • Sweet Basil - Is full of antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. It also contains Vitamin k. 2 tablespoons of fresh Basil gives you 27 per cent of your RDA of Vitamin A, Manganese, and Magnesium – all assisting the pituitary gland which controls all the hormones in our bodies from puberty onwards

Lorraine Keane's Chicken and Shitake Mushroom Stir-fry for Camile is available to order now,€12.95 at camile.ie

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