October 16, 2020

Ali Seakens lives in Helensvile, Auckland with her husband Rich and two children Marley, 10 and Lincoln, 5. She is a home-maker and marriage celebrant.

A typical morning at my house is…sometimes a little chaotic if kids sleep in. But I like to get up a little earlier, have my coffee, then feed my kids and then myself (cook seems to eat last at our house). Sometimes I wait till after school drop off to eat my cereal in peace.

My favourite Te Atatu Toasted cereal is…Gluten Free Super Grains. And my kids love the Coco Crunchies for a treat!

I love Te Atatu Toasted cereal because…I love the fact all Te Atatu Toasted Cereals are really low in sugar ... and made from real food with no fillers. I totally love Clare's food philosophy and often recommend her product range to people. So many of our supermarket brands claim to be healthy, but when you start label reading, that is not the case. I am wheat intolerant and really have struggled in the past to find a gluten-free cereal that is not overly sweet. 

I eat it with …Greek yoghurt, blueberries, two extra teaspoons of LSA and, lately, I have been breaking a probiotic tablet and sprinkling my coconut collagen supplement onto it as well.

The best thing about signing up for a subscription to Te Atatu Toasted is …I never have to worry about running out of cereal. One bag lasts me a whole month if my kids don't eat it for afternoon tea. And if I do run short,I can bring the delivery date forward. Clare is so super helpful like that!

If I’m not eating cereal for breakfast, I’m having…Eggs or avo on toast on the weekend!

I believe the key to good health is ...I try to eat low sugar, and eat whole and unprocessed foods when possible, and moderation. 

Other boutique NZ food brands I love include ....Mama’s Brew Kombucha, Raglan Roast Coffee, Bakeworks Gluten Free Bread, 180 Degrese crackers, Pic's Peanut Butter, and the list just goes on. We have so many great food producers in NZ. 

My next holiday will be to…Coromandel.

My favourite restaurant or café is …Espresso Room in Waimauku is my local, serving perfect coffee every time!

2020 has been a strange year… what has been the best thing about the new challenges we have faced? I have loved watching our community and people come together, be less wasteful and actually just be kinder in general. I believe Kiwis are really resilient, and I do think in NZ we have been very fortunate to have not witnessed the huge disruption that has happened globally. My children have just embraced whatever has been thrown at them (most of the time) and I would like to think this experience will make their generation even more flexible, industrious and accepting of change. 

And the worst?That, despite my best efforts, I have consumed "way too much" wine this year already! But I feel I am not alone…