Renee Leonard-Stainton

We’re obsessed with hearing about what other people eat all day erryday 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 new series where we find out what a wide range of successful health-loving ladies eat in a day…

This week we chat to the stunning Renee Leonard-Stainton, Naturopath, Nutritionist & Herbalist based in Auckland city.

Renee Leonard StaintonAs a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist & Herbalist, Renée is a well-respected practitioner with a a passion for green living. She’s the creator of the popular blog ‘Renée Naturally’, where she shares healthy recipes, natural health articles and sustainable living guidance.She’s dedicated to providing credible and easy to understand health information to help people on their path to a healthy and earth friendly existence.With a background in both media and health, her broad experience makes her a sought after Naturopathic advisor and brand ambassador across Australasia.  As a Naturopath, Renée has an international client base and is also a regular health contributor to various magazines, TV and radio shows, celebrity websites and blogs. Renée’s also the proud Mumma of two little boys, Arlo and Luca.  

  1. Your go-to brekkie is…

  2. I like to mix it up and actually think I have a different breakfast every day of the week! In summer, I make the family a superfood smoothie and it’s usually a combination of any of the following; frozen bananas, organic berries, baby spinach, chia seeds, vanilla pea protein powder, probiotic powder, Radiance superfoods powders, raw cashews and my almond milk (my recipe is here)
  1. Almond Milk
  2. In winter, we use most of the same ingredients (minus spinach!) but switch it to a big pot of porridge and I mix in almond meal for an extra protein boost. I sometimes have my Cacao and Coconut Granola or soaked vanilla buckwheat with medjool dates. Weekends are usually eggs or gluten-free crepes with maple syrup, berries, coconut sugar + lemon and a whole heap of love (My husband makes them with the boys…it’s always the favourite breakfast of the week!) I like lots of variety ha ha!
  3. Your go-to lunch is…

  4. I’m a big leftovers fan! I  always try to make enough dinner the night before to give me lunch the following day. I often make a double batch of my super-easy garlic roast chickpea, almond, lemon, feta and mint salad if we have friends over for a BBQ & I’ll squirrel some away for lunch before it all goes. Get the recipe here!
  1. Your go-to dinner is…

  2. At the moment, I’m focusing on exposing the kids to as many different types of food and styles of cooking as possible…so my dishes have changed slightly to suit their taste buds (we’re working our way up to red curries) 😉 but these are some of our current family faves…
  • ~ Healthy butter chicken (the usual mild spices and free-range chook, coconut cream in place of cream, coconut oil in place of butter, brown rice cooked in chicken broth & topped with tonnes of coriander!) Served with a side of broccoli to dip into the sauce.
  • ~ Almond-meal based pizza. We top it with tomato paste + herbs, fried mushroom ‘mince’, marinated artichokes, spinach and a mixture of parmesan and Angel Food vegan mozzarella and cheddar ‘cheeses’ (none of us do well on too much dairy!) and then drizzle it with pesto.
  • ~ Brown rice pumpkin risotto. I use this amazing sweet brown rice that I found at GoodFor store that I find works like arborio. Mixed with free-range bacon, homemade chicken stock, garlic, grated onion (toddler trick…so there’s no ‘crunchy’ bits!), sage, pureed pumpkin and parmesan. SO good!

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  • Dessert or no dessert…

A little after-dinner treat goes hand-in-hand for us with our winter binge-watching of more-ish TV series!  I’m a sweet tooth but try to choose healthy options at home like a hot carob and bliss ball, raspberries and cacao coconut yoghurt or something homemade I’ve baked with the boys. When I eat out or travel, I like to indulge and I always look at the dessert menu first at a restaurant and work my way backwards!

  1. What you reach for when a snack attack hits…

Tamari almonds, activated brazil nuts, kale chips, sweet potato hummus with cucumber + carrots or home-baking (I’m always trying new recipes but some staples are spelt banana bread, chia, walnut and cranberry cookies; 4-ingredient chocolate & peanut butter fudge and my Chamomile, Honey & Oat Loaf.

  1. Your fave foodie destination…

  2. Thailand – I was in foodie heaven at the markets in Chiang Mai! And locally, I love my friend’s gluten-free cafe, Woodside in Birkenhead. Their paleo scones are to die-for as is their tahini salted caramel slice.
  3. Three foods you can’t live without.. Sauerkraut, Coconut (whole/milk/cream/threads/butter/oil/water!) Almonds (whole/milk/flour/butter!)
  4. Your ultimate foodie indulgence…

  5. My Nanna’s full of butter, sugar & refined flour shortbread. They’re such a ‘happy memory food’ for me and I would never turn one down. In fact, I’ll eat pretty much anything if it is made with love or shared with people I love!
  6. The recipe that’ll always get you drooling is…

  7. My Coconut, Honey, Vanilla Ice-cream with salted almond brittle. I don’t have much self control when it comes to this one!
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  9. Renee Leonard Stainton

YUM!

Connect with Renee…

www.reneenaturally.com

@reneenaturally

XO

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