Today Show: Inside Laila Ali’s Fridge
She is a fierce competitor in the boxing ring but could Laila Ali be a fierce at home chef as well? The Today Show sent nutrition expert Joy Bauer to Ali’s house to check out her fridge and give her some pointers on where she can improve on her diet. Ali said the three foods you will always find in her fridge are cheese, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits and the only thing you will never find is pork because Ali was raised Muslim, meaning she never ate pork when she was younger.
Ali had a lot of strawberries in her fridge, along with cacao nibs, which Buer said are great for strengthening brain power, and probiotics for better digestion. She also had a lot of sparkling mineral water which she uses to make soda spritzers for her children. She said she feels bad giving either of them a sip of soda, so she dilutes juice with mineral water. Ali also keeps juiced greens and juiced carrots on hand which she adds to her children’s milk to help them get their necessary servings of vegetables.
The only places Bauer saw that Ali could make some improvements in her diet are by switching from regular pasta to whole grain pasta, and instead of eating regular chocolate to start eating dark chocolate. Ali also told Bauer she likes to keep frozen vegetables on hand, which Bauer said is great because they have the same amount of nutrients as fresh vegetables.
Today Show: Laila Ali Mixed Veggie and Turkey Burger Recipe
Laila Ali said she is always trying to find the best ways to sneak veggies into her kids dinner and one her favorites, and theirs, is her mixed veggie and turkey burgers. Get the recipe for the burgers below.
Laila Ali Mixed Veggie and Turkey Burger Ingredients:
- 1 tomato, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 green pepper, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 sticks of celery
- 1 pound of turkey meat
- teaspoon of oil
Laila Ali Mixed Veggie and Turkey Burger Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap all the vegetables in foil and roast them for about 30 minutes adding whatever seasoning your family likes best.
- After the vegetables are done roasting, puree in a blender until the vegetables are pureed.
- Mix the pureed vegetables into the ground turkey and form hamburger patties. Cook on the grill, 5 minutes per side, or in a lightly oiled skillet on the stove top for about 6 to 7 minutes per side.