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What’s the best diet in the world? Is there such a thing? It was not much of a surprise to hear of a new study recently, showing a Mediterranean-style diet is effective in cutting the risk of...
When I was first told that I shouldn’t be eating gluten, the meal I had the most difficulty with was breakfast. I’ll come back to lunch, which has its own challenges, in another post!...
And why does it seem so hard? Over the course of the last several years, the combination of a liking for good food, a busy life and a sedentary job has lead to the piling on of the pounds. I’...
They say it’s not a good idea to talk about religion or politics at dinner parties. But I think it’s time to break that rule, at least when it comes to politics, and not just at dinner...
Have you wanted a gluten-free brownie which is quick and easy? Healthy Food Guide editor Niki Bezzant challenged me to convert the HFG chocolate brownie recipe to a gluten-free version, and this...
Picture this – 11 gluten-intolerant people standing in the dining room of a house in Pukekohe smelling bread baking and knowing that they ARE going to be able to eat it. How did we get here?...
It’s back to school and with the new school year it’s time to seriously think about the health of our kids. Ministry of Health figures recently showed that 10,000 more New Zealand...
Join Healthy Food Guide editor Niki Bezzant and nutritionist Claire Turnbull as they answer your nutrition and healthy eating questions and deal with hot nutrition topics. This week the topics...
I’m a latecomer to the whole concept of quinoa. I kept reading articles about it, and people were raving about it, so I bought some a couple of years ago and made a salad from it. I was less...
Fancy an afternoon out eating lovely cakes and savouries accompanied by exotic teas? This is no longer an impossibility for the gluten-intolerant. Before I begin, I should state for the record that...
It’s Blue September, which means men will hopefully be getting the message that it’s important to keep an eye on their prostate health. One in 10 New Zealand men will develop prostate...
The Christmas decorations have appeared in the shops, my small boys are insisting on Christmas carols for their bedtime song, flyers are coming through my mailbox to say that there are Christmas...
It’s the time of year when we remember our fallen soldiers, and ANZAC biscuits are a tradition. Here’s a gluten-free take on the Healthy Food Guide favourite. It’s been a while...
A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) adds to evidence that eating breakfast is important for good health.Researchers found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 per...
When I was first told to stop eating gluten, I did what I always do – I hit the internet for where and how to buy. Sadly, there was no one place which gave me good information. This is one of...

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