December 2016

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COVER FEATURE: Is it you or your hormones? • Telltale signs that you’re dehydrated • Vegetarian and gluten-free Christmas ideas • The trap of non-alcoholic drinks • Best lunch: pie or sushi? • How much salt in that dressing? • and much more… (Price includes postage and packaging, please email admin@hlmedia.co.nz).


  • It’s not me, it’s my hormones! Hormones get blamed for many ailments, but how true is it? Dietitian Katrina Pace finds out.
  • Water, the simple secret to feeling fresh: Experts have recommended eight glasses a day for years. Dietitian Brooke Longfield shows how to work out if you are hydrated.
  • Kick-start your month: This month wraps up the final instalment of our 12-week Kick-strt plan. Check out another four weeks of our Kick-start menu planners (two are online).


  • Food for thought: Editor-in-chief Niki Bezzant on how to boost your fibre intake.


  • Shopping savvy: The rules governing ‘free range’ labelling, plus Niki’s lunch of the month.
  • Everyday choices: How to choose a bought lunch
  • How much… is in that? Sodium in Asian sauces
  • Homemade vs bought: Suimin Tom Yum vs HFG‘s noodle soup.

This month’s recipes

  • In season: Thai basil, Lebanese cucumber and radish
  • 5pm panic: Quick and tasty meals for when you’re in a rush
  • Vegetarian Christmas: Gluten and dairy-free lentil loaf and summer salad
  • Roll up, roll up! Vietnamese fresh spring rolls full of veges
  • Gluten-free entertaining: Ideas for a mouth-watering festive platter
  • #HFG kids: Christmas treats to make and eat
  • Sweet treats: Fruit Christmas tress, fruit wreaths and cinnamon and kumara truffles

… and more!


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