September 02, 2021

Lisa Mein lives in Westmere in central Auckland with her husband, their 15-year-old daughter, Lotte, who has special needs and is gluten intolerant, and their lovely schnoodle Bastian (who was born in Te Atatu). Her 18-year-old son is also in residence from time to time. She is a self-employed consultant urban designer, which takes her to urban environments throughout the country, and considers herself lucky to have the best clients and projects. 

A typical morning at my house is… I must confess a typical breakfast routine for me is coffee. It’s Lotte who has a delicious bowl of Te Atatu Toasted gluten-free muesli with milk and a banana to follow. When I occasionally eat breakfast, it’s usually a bowl of the original Te Atatu Toasted muesli with yoghurt and fruit because I love the crunchy almonds and seeds.

I love Te Atatu Toasted cereal because…We came across Te Atatu Toasted cereal at a Coffee and Chocolate Festival in The Cloud on Queens Wharf a few years ago. We were excited because Clare offers a few gluten-free cereal options which are still healthy and pack a punch. And my husband was thrilled as he is allergic to coconut and refreshingly the delicious original toasted muesli does not have coconut in it. Needless to say, we were all hooked! 

The best thing about signing up for a subscription to Te Atatu Toasted is… it’s a no-brainer. Each month our favourite cereal shows up in the post. It couldn’t be simpler. We haven’t looked back. 

Other boutique NZ food brands I love include…Fix & Fogg nut butters. Their Everything Butter is to die for. And I do love Piako or The Collective passionfruit yoghurt with my muesli.

My next holiday will be…We were very fortunate to get to the Cook Islands this year. That was the most wonderful family holiday, after the craziness of 2020 and the first half of 2021. And we certainly didn’t take it for granted.

I believe the key to good health andwellbeing is…a positive attitude and enjoying a little of everything in moderation.

My goal for 2021 is…to make the most of every moment. If living in a Covid reality has taught me anything, it’s to savour time with family and friends. I’m a massive fan of performing arts, so this year I’ve been taking contemporary dance classes as well as going to every live dance and theatre performance I can.