A Day In the Diet of Real Housewives Star Kristen Taekman

06/02/2014 at 03:54 PM ET

Kristen Taekman
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Kristen Taekman‘s 20-minute fitness routine no doubt plays a big role in maintaining her svelte physique — and so does the Real Housewives of New York star’s diet.

Taekman says she makes sure to eat healthy, but as fans of the show already know, she does not know her way around the kitchen very well.

“Everything I cook is frozen. I have a deep freezer,” she tells PEOPLE. “We’re probably one of the only families in New York City who have a deep freezer. I will go to Costco and buy in bulk. I always try to buy organic everything, but I’m doing a lot of defrosting.”

Luckily, Taekman has some help with her meal plan from celebrity chef Paula Hankin, who has cooked for Vanessa LacheyRyan Seacrest, Val Kilmer and 50 Cent.

Hankin shares a daily menu she’s prepared for the reality star, along with the easy-to-make recipes, below.

Kristen Taekman diet/breakfastCourtesy Paula Hankin

BREAKFAST

Vanilla Protein Shake
Makes 1

1 scoop protein powder (recommended: JCORE Body-Lite Vanilla)
4 frozen blackberries
4 frozen blueberries
4 ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (can substitute skim or soy)
2 tbsp. water

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smoothie consistency is achieved. Pour into glass

Crustless Spinach Quiche
Makes 6

3 eggs
½ cup milk
10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tsp. fat-free feta cheese
Pinch salt
Pinch pepper
1 cup fresh raw spinach chopped
1 tbsp. chia seeds

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, then add all other ingredients.

2. Spray six-tin muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray. With a ladle, scoop mixture into each cup, filling all the way up.

3. Bake until quiches are set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then pop out and eat (one quiche is a serving).

Kristen Taekman diet/lunchCourtesy Paula Hankin

LUNCH

Chicken & Veggie Burger
Makes 4

1 tsp. olive oil
½ cup kale
2 baby carrots, finely chopped
4 broccoli florets, chopped
1 lb. white meat organic ground chicken
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Non-stick cooking spray
⅓ avocado, sliced
2 tbsp. hot sauce

1. In a small frying pan over medium heat, add olive oil, kale, carrots and broccoli. Sauté until veggies are cooked but still crunch, about 5 minutes.

2. Place the ground meat in a bowl and add cooked veggies, salt and pepper, combining with your hands. Mold into medium-sized patties.

3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray . Place as many patties in the pan as can fit and cook until meat is white and cooked all the way through, 12-15 minutes.

4. Top burgers with sliced avocado and drizzle with hot sauce.

Quinoa with Mushrooms and Kale

2 tsp. olive oil
4 mushrooms, sliced
1 cup kale
1 cup cooked quinoa (prepare according to package instructions)
Juice of ½ lemon

1. In a small pan over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté mushrooms and kale for 7 minutes.

2. Toss veggies with cooked quinoa in a bowl and dress with lemon juice.

Kristen Taekman diet/dinnerCourtesy Paula Hankin

DINNER AND DESSERT

Roasted Cod
Serves 3

3 6-8 oz. skinless filets of cod
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
Olive oil, to taste
6 lemon wheels
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ cup grated lemon zest

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Make sure fish is dry, then place in baking dish and lightly season with salt and pepper. Add fresh herbs and garlic.

3. Drizzle with olive oil and place lemon wheels on top of fish. Bake for 10- 15 mins depending on the thickness

4. Serve with steamed vegetables of your choice.

Greek Yogurt with Mango and Pineapple
Serves 1

½ cup Greek yogurt
Coconut-mango juice (recommended: Mamma Chia Coconut Mango)
Pineapple wedge, for garnish

Place Greek yogurt in bowl and pour over with coconut-mango juice until partially submerged. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

—Brittany Talarico

 

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teddy on

what a waste human being.

guest on

This looks and sounds lovely….but really, what “normal” person has time to cook like this….??

Shelley on

Her husband was just complaining she NEVER cooks. She absolutely does not make these meals. Waste of a story.

Deborah on

Sh’e already blessed with very thin genes. I saw there makin ghtat video and she clearly doesn’t “work out”. her “work out” is giving the kids a bath…when her nanny has the night off.

Anonymous on

Can’t STAND her.

Kat on

4 blueberries???

Guest on

Ooh such a calculated diet.

midwestmom on

I don’t believe this…. On the show they don’t have a lot of money and her husband constantly complains about “no dinner on the table” when he comes home. So, they don’t strike me as a family with a food delivery service. I bet they are just using her to promote their food service.

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Selena on

Aside from the shake and the broccoli, the rest of it looks like crud!

Cate on

I actually really like her, which is funny. I think she has sound observations on the rest of the ladies, and she isn’t the dumb one, or just a pretty face! As far as her diet, eh. She’s 6 feet tall and seems to be naturally thin, and could probably eat 800 more calories a day than this and still be thin,

whatever on

I like her and I like her eating habits…80% what you eat, 20% exercise = 100% of your physical appearance.

lISA on

THE ARTICLE SAYS HOW THE CHEF MAKES THE MEALS FOR HER , NO ONE SAID SHE COOKS ! ITS NOT A MEAL SERVICE ! SHE IS AMAZING AND A GREAT ADDITION ON THE SHOW . YOU ARE ALL SO NEGATIVE

Sharon LITTLE on

She needs a bra,for a thin person,they’re at her waist..

Donnell Mcbrearty on

Oakley Jupiter Squared on

Friends are very important part of our life, we will make friends in different stage of our lives, one can’t live without friends. Though everyone has their own friends and partners, they have different standards to choose people with whom they establish friendships. On my opinion, it is best to choose friends who are honest and selfless.

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