Chantelle Houghton reveals diet secrets after two stone weight loss and going vegan

Celebrity Big Brother star Chantelle Houghton, 36, on what’s inside her fridge

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by Neeru Sharma |

How much do you spend per week?

Around £80 to £100. I find it hard to do a weekly shop, as I don’t know what I want from one day to the next, so I tend to visit the supermarket every few days. I’ll go to the farm shop once a week for herbs and vegetables.

Describe your daily diet...

I’ve been vegetarian since I was young, and I’ve been vegan for the past six years. For breakfast, I’ll have smashed avocado on sourdough. For lunch, I’ll have tomato and basil soup with bread. For dinner, I’ll have a Tuscan bean soup that I make in my slow cooker – it’s my speciality and I love it.

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Inside Chantelle Houghton's fridge ©Liz Gregg

What do you snack on?

Houmous and breadsticks, or a piece of fruit.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?

When I was married to Preston [from 2006 to 2007], he made me try an oyster. It was awful – it was either going to go down or come back up, and it came back up.

Food hangover cure?

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Anything with loads of salt on, like ready salted crisps or chips. I think the salt really helps, along with a glass of Coke.

Is there anything you refuse to eat?

Aside from meat, probably marzipan or smoked food – the smell makes me feel sick. I did once try green tea and now I can’t bear the smell of it.

Takeaway treat?

An Indian. I’d get a vegetable jalfrezi with all the sides, like poppadums.

Favourite drink?

Peppermint tea – I drink that the most.

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Nutritionist Juliette Kellow says, "Chantelle should ensure her vegan alternatives aren’t full of fat and salt, like vegan cheese, which can be high in saturated fat as it’s made with coconut oil. Beans, lentils, and chickpeas have lots of nutrients like protein and iron, which plant-based diets can lack.

"She could also take extra vitamin B12, as it’s often low in vegans."

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