Writers: Andrea Palmer

Andrea Palmer

Andrea has a passion for food and health and has turned her passion into a profession. As a qualified dietitian and chef Andrea wants to help others feel the same way, which is why she started her own business Food Habits based in Lower Hutt. To find out more go to www.foodhabits.co.nz.

Lunch box ideas – it doesn’t have to be so hard!

lunch box ideas

School lunches… I can hear you groaning from here. They are one of those chores that causes a lot of worry and stress. Continue reading »

Do our children need to be passionate about food?

We are what we eat

I am passionate about food and health but I don’t expect my kids to be. I know I wasn’t when I was a kid. Continue reading »

Forming positive relationships with food


Food has become such a hot topic. Everywhere we turn there are messages bombarding us about what we should eat and how we should feel while we’re eating it. If we’re confused, how must our children be feeling? Sometimes it feels like forming positive relationships with food is impossible.  Continue reading »

Creativity in the Kitchen

creativity in the kitchen

For many, creativity in the kitchen is a far-off concept that doesn’t get much thought. I have found that the main reasons are: there just isn’t the time between life’s other commitments, there is a lack of confidence, a lack of inspiration, a fussy family member or a combination of all four. Continue reading »

Thinking about food and eating at Christmas

Thinking about food and eating at Christmas

Food is a big part of our culture and traditions in New Zealand. It can be as simple as meeting up with a friend for coffee to the more elaborate wedding or Christmas celebrations. We can spend a lot of time planning what will be eaten, who will prepare what, what diet restrictions and preferences need consideration and, of course, the actual preparation of the food. We don’t often take time to consider how we respond to the food and eating at Christmas. Continue reading »

Snacks for children

snacks for children

Children and snacking is something that many parents worry about. Are my children snacking too much? Is it ok to snack between meals? What sort of food should I be giving as snacks? These are all common concerns but they don’t have to be. Snacking is a normal part of most children’s diet and can provide valuable energy and nutrition. Continue reading »

What is healthy eating?

healthy eating

What is healthy eating? Does it mean something different to you than it does to the person next to you? Chances are it does. We all know that we should be eating healthier. But how do we do that? Does it mean we have to give up carbohydrates? We constantly hear messages like: bananas are fattening, olive oil is good, saturated fat is bad but coconut oil is good, chocolate is good and bad, eat more meat, eat less meat, eat legumes, don’t eat legumes … the list of healthy eating advice in the media and from friends is endless. And for many, totally confusing. Continue reading »

Variety is the spice of life

dinner recipes

As the very well known saying goes “variety is the spice of life” and so it is with our food. When our diet is varied we are much more likely to get all the nutrients our body requires to be healthy and active. Ensuring that our diets are complete with loads of different fruit and vegetables, meat and legumes, breads and cereals and dairy ensures that we are giving our bodies all that they need.  Continue reading »

The Non-Diet eating approach

non-diet approach

According to the Oxford dictionary the first definition of diet is: “The kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.” The second definition is: “A special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.” Interestingly the word diet comes via Latin from the Greek word diaita which means: A way of life. For many the second definition has become a way of life. An endless cycle of food restrictions, losing weight, maybe, then eventually gaining weight again. And unfortunately often the weight added is even more than what was lost with the diet. Continue reading »

Summer holiday food

Summer holiday food

Summer is my favourite time of the year for food. There are so many different types of fruits and vegetables available. Combine that with warmer weather and longer days, and throw in a summer holiday to boot! Continue reading »

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