‘Families have changed their diets, lost weight, saved money’: Nine newsreader Leila McKinnon opens up about the impact of her new savvy shopping TV show Eat Well For Less
She’s a top journalist, mother of two and is married to former Nine CEO, David Gyngell.
But now 45-year-old Leila McKinnon is about to add another string to her bow as she’s co-hosting a new healthy eating TV show.
Working alongside 47-year-old chef Ben O’Donoghue, Leila is preaching to the public about savvy grocery shopping in a two-part series which hits screens next week.
‘Families have changed their diets, lost weight, saved money’: Nine newsreader Leila McKinnon, 47, opened up about the impact of her new savvy shopping TV show Eat Well For Less
Channel Nine’s Eat Well For Less, due to air on Tuesday, helps Aussies save the pennies in the supermarket while making better food choices for their families.
‘It’s amazing how, if you do something, whether that’s clean out your closet or pantry, or bring in a skip [bin], that has an effect, momentum in your life,’ Leila told The Daily Telegraph.
She added: ‘Families who have been on the show have changed their diets, or lost weight, saved money. It really drives it home.’
Savvy spenders! Leila is co-hosting a new penny-pinching TV show called Eat Well For Less with chef Ben O’Donoghue
In the promo trailer, Ben chastised a family for their lavish shopping habits.
‘You spend $37,000 on food,’ he said.
But after a little expert help, the families soon begin saving thousands on their shopping bills.
Big spenders! In the promo trailer, Ben chastised a family for their lavish shopping habits – after revealing they blow a whopping $37k on food
Comedian Merrick Watts and finance expert Ross Greenwood also offer their input during the show, which is split up into two 90-minute special episodes.
Meanwhile Leila – who married 52-year-old David back in 2004 – told Honey Nine last year that her family life has improved since her husband left his high profile job.
She said: ‘We’ve been married for 15 years and (David) was this crazy executive. A couldn’t-handle-the-kids-for-more-than-60-seconds dad. And then he left the corporate world.’
Banned! Eat Well for Less helps aussies save the pennies in the supermarket while making better food choices for their families
She admitted the shift had ‘utterly transformed’ David, who had since become a much more patient and doting dad to their two children, five-year-old Edmund and three-year-old Gwendolen.
‘He doesn’t cook but all the jobs like giving them a bath, taking (the children) to day care or taking one out for the day while I take another – he never had the mental head space before,’ Leila added.
Thrifty! The glamorous newsreader said the new show has helped families to save money and lose weight