Racing on that muesli taste

IN 2006 radio personality Thabiso Sikwane got some of her female colleagues together to run the Comrades Marathon.

IN 2006 radio personality Thabiso Sikwane got some of her female colleagues together to run the Comrades Marathon.

5FM DJ Koula was one of those who answered the call and has run her third Comrades this year.

"We wanted to prove that ordinary people can run the Comrades. It's not just for physically superior people," Koula says.

Running 10km five times a week has had an interesting effect on Koula's appetite.

While shooting an episode of All Access, the lifestyle programme she will be co-hosting - due to begin tonight on M-Net - the camera crew were amused by how much she ate.

"We shot the episode just before this year's Comrades, so I was eating quite a lot at the time. The crew members said they had never seen a TV presenter eat so much."

Ironically, muesli is not one of her favourite meals when carbo-loading. She explains why.

"People make the mistake of thinking that muesli is healthy, when it actually depends on what's in it - anything with 3g of fat per 100g is unhealthy."

The first muesli she tries is Vital Muesli.

"This one is very healthy. It has no chocolate or sugar-coating. It's probably the healthiest, but if I were to eat muesli I would want it sweeter than this. It is low GI though, so it would be good for runners."

Energy Crunch, the next one she tries, is from the Jungle range.

"I like the raisins in this one and it has more taste than the Vital one."

The third option is the Bokomo Luxury Berry Muesli.

"Hmm, this reminds me of being a kid. I used to eat a pink cereal that would turn the milk pink as well. This one is not healthy as far as the muesli goes, but it's definitely yummy."

The last muesli she tries, Simply Cereal Honey and Almond Muesli, has a tough act to follow.

"This one doesn't taste like muesli. It has some cereal in it and it's also not the healthy option."

Preferring to have a slice of low GI-toasted bread with banana and peanut butter or avocado and tomato for breakfast, Koula is clearly keen on cereals and muesli.

She declares that nostalgia trumps health and the Luxury Berry Muesli from Bokomo wins the Muesli Marathon.

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