The Strictly Come Dancing star, 35, tells US where she gets her boundless energy from…
I have a demanding schedule when I’m working on Strictly. I wake at 6.30 or 7am and have a large glass of water. I read somewhere that it wakes up your metabolism, and it’s a habit now. Then I’ll eat breakfast, which is usually Nature’s Path Organic Gluten Free Maple Sunrise cereal (£2.99; ocado.com} with hemp milk and black coffee. I love this cereal because it contains quinoa and buckwheat flakes and is really filling.Hemp milk feels much gentler on my stomach than cow’s milk.
Kristina Rihanoff The Strictly Come Dancing star, 35, tells US where she gets her boundless energy from… Photo Gallery
‘I eat a lot of fish and seafood. I love sea bass and salmon, and like to have it simply with steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. This lunch is perfect as it’s not too heavy. My body doesn’t like acidic fruits, so I eat mango, grapes and berries.
I take Viridian Ultimate Beauty Complex (£9.50, 30 caps; viridian- nutrition.com} and coenzyme 0-10. Since using Q-10, my skin, hair and energy levels have improved.
‘My evening meal tends not to be too complicated. I’ll have some fish, quickly baked in the oven for 15 minutes, with some vegetables or a big avocado salad. If I eat out, I always pick Italian food, but when I entertain my friends I like to make a nice Russian stew with lamb and lots of hearty vegetables.I might enjoy the odd glass of rose with friends but, in general, I don’t drink alcohol.I didn’t inherit that Russian gene – alcohol doesn’t click with my body.’
’When I’m training, I take snacks with me to nibble in breaks. My favourite nuts are walnuts, and I eat low-sugar granola bars, which are packed with nuts and seeds. I tend not to drink protein shakes because they slosh around inside when I’m dancing. I do drink loads of water, though – about three litres a day – because I’ve suffered with kidney problems in the past. Mid-afternoon, I might snack on blueberries and have a cup of tea. My vice is dark chocolate – I’ll have a few squares after dinner or as a snack for energy.
‘ Kristina’s habit of starting the day with a large glass of water is a good one, because it’s easy for your body to become dehydratedovernight. This can make you feel sluggish and sleepy, so a glassof water helps to wake up your brain. Muesli is a good choice for breakfast and the quinoa will help boost the protein content of themeal and keep her feeling full for longer. If Kristina doesn’t drink cow’s milk, she should make sure the brand of hemp milk she usesis fortified with calcium and vitamin D. To get enough calories to fuel her training, snacks are important and the snacks Kristina chooses are good ones.