Josie Askin

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.

Josie is the director of Spring Coaching, a wellness coaching company that empowers others to be their happiest and healthiest. She takes a holistic view to wellness encompassing movement (balancing activity with rest), nutrition and state of mind. She knows from her own experience that small, consistent changes and doing what you love is the most sustainable and sane way to reach that happy place. 

Josie is an experienced runner having completed an ultra-marathon, three marathons and many half marathons both in New Zealand and overseas. She finds balance from all the running through pilates, yoga and eating. In addition to a Science degree, she has a Diploma in Professional Coaching, and is a certified Nutrition Coach and pilates teacher. She lives in Lower Hutt with her husband Kelvin. 

Your go-to brekkie……..

When it comes to brekkie I am a creature of habit Monday to Friday. No matter what the season I can’t go past a bowl of warm oats with a sprinkling of a homemade nut and seed mix and cinnamon. Add a decaf trim latte with cinnamon and marshmallows (my half-way attempt to curb a caffeine and sugar addiction) and I’m a very happy lady. Saturday morning is a highlight of the week. My husband and I always have a brunch date where I refuel after a long run with a dessert-like brunch. 

Your go-to lunch is….

With it being a bit on the chilly side my go-to lunch is a homemade soup, bread and almond butter. I make a big pot of soup along with the bread and almond butter on a Sunday afternoon and it keeps me going for most of the week. Each week the soup is a different flavour depending on what I feel inspired by. This week it will be broccoli and avocado after buying a big bag of each at the supermarket. When the weather is a bit warmer the soup will be replaced with a salad. 

Your go-to dinner is….

I love the simplicity of a nice piece of fish or steak, with a fresh salad and baked kumara wedges. 

Dessert or no dessert?

Dessert yes please! I have a special dessert tummy. Usually during the week it’s fruit and yoghurt or else a hot chocolate made with hot milk and a few squares of dark chocolate.

What you reach for when a snack attack hits….

My three staples are bananas, almonds and dark chocolate. I always have a stash no matter where I am.

Your fave foodie destination….

They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day and the food here is just the same. We have some amazing cafés and restaurants. Queenstown also gets an honourable mention. I’m a big fan of Mediterranean cuisine and tapas, so Barcelona is up there too. 

Three foods you can’t live without…..

It would have to be my three staples – bananas, almonds and dark chocolate. I don’t think a day goes by without me having all three in some way.

Your ultimate foodie indulgence….

Anyone who knows me will know that I can’t not turn down a date scone, particularly one with the perfect date to scone ratio. The more dates the better. Otherwise on a Friday night nothing is better than a glass of red wine accompanied by some glorious chunky fries, even better if they’re accompanying a burger.

The recipe that will always get your drooling…..

It’d be a toss up between my mum’s pumpkin pie and sticky date pudding. Did I mention I have a real sweet tooth?

Check out more about Josie and what she does here at Spring Coaching.