Caitlin Reid

We’re obsessed with hearing about what other people eat all day everyday and we just know that you’re all as curious as we are! There’s something so intriguing about knowing the secrets of a healthy foodie. Follow along with this series where we find out what a wide range of successful health-loving ladies eat in a day.

Caitlin is more than your standard Physio. After breaking her back and making a full recovery in 2015, she created her wellness brand Aprivé Wellness and has since been invited to world famous wellness retreats in India, Bali, Thailand and aboard cruise ships as a visiting practitioner. She blends classic physiotherapy practice with inspiring wellbeing and Clinical Pilates to help her patients discover how to live, move and feel their best. She treats patients privately in Nelson, NZ, as well as abroad on invitation, and conducts wellness retreats throughout the year.

Your go-to brekkie is

Green smoothie plus a banana with plain, natural yoghurt, LSA and chia seeds. If I’m hungry I’ll have gluten free seed toast with avocado and feta instead of the banana!

Your go-to lunch is

I usually take a baby spinach salad with whatever seasonal veggies I can get my hands on. Often I’ll bake some pumpkin and kumara or sauté asparagus to throw in there too. 

I used to add tuna to my salads but after sailing through the Pacific last year I saw how much overfishing occurs, depleting large tuna stocks, so now I’ll be using fish I spearfish if I have any, or small, more sustainable fish like sardines. Other days I’ll take leftovers – I love heating up some gluten free pasta if I’ve had an active day!

Your go-to dinner is

I’m known for my risotto if I’m cooking for other people: I use gluten free veggie stock, baby spinach, pumpkin, parmesan and chicken. Otherwise, a hot chickpea buddha bowl with sautéed chickpeas, purple cabbage, shredded carrot and Japanese sesame dressing is a fave in summer!

Dessert or no dessert

I got out of the habit of eating dessert, so don’t often have it. Ice cream is a favourite of mine, but I don’t have it too regularly!

What you reach for when a snack attack hits

Bliss balls! I hiked up Mount Angelus with my family after Christmas and bliss balls really kept me going. I find they don’t give me that sugar slump either, giving me a more even injection of energy!

Your fave foodie destination

I’m from Melbourne, and I have to say there are just so many incredible spots to get great food, and they don’t have to break the bank. Pastuso in the CBD for ceviche, sushi sushi for fresh sushi on the go and Amiconi in North Melbourne for amazing authentic, affordable Italian food. Willows & Wine also have incredible antipasto boards they can make gluten free too.

I have just moved to Nelson though, and have to say Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery have incredibly fresh tapas. For lunch I love the salads at The Kitchen on Bridge Street. The smoothie food truck at the Saturday market makes a fantastic green smoothie with silverbeet too! 

Three foods you can’t live without

Cheese, ice cream and dried rice cakes. I don’t eat bread much (partly because I got used to not having it after being diagnosed coeliac when I was 18) so I always put cheese and salad on rice cakes for meals when I’m at home.

Your ultimate foodie indulgence.

Real gelato. The Nutella gelato with homemade hazelnut sauce at Piccolina on Smith St. in Melbourne is insane! The gluten free cheese scones at Morrison Cafe in Nelson are also a favourite treat.

The recipe that’ll always get you drooling is

An amazing salad with substance. It sounds boring, but fresh leaves with pumpkin, kumara, beetroot, feta, balsamic and maybe some pomegranates is one of my favourite things. I lived on a sailboat for a while recently and we had periods where we couldn’t access fresh food and it’s the thing I missed above all else!

Connect with Caitlin

Social media handles:  @aprivewellness