Introducing resident nutrition expert: Niki Bezzant

Introducing Niki Bezzant

Niki

Niki is a food and nutrition writer, columnist and commentator in New Zealand. She is the founding editor and now Editor-at-large for Healthy Food Guide magazine. The author of two cookbooks, Niki is a weekly columnist for the Herald on Sunday, a regular blogger, speaker and frequent contributor to TV and radio. She is a member of the Council of Directors of the True Health Initiative, an ambassador for Garden to Table, and President of Foodwriters NZ.

What is the future of cooking?

Haha this is such a big question! I don’t know what we’ll be eating in the future, but I suspect more and more it will involve whole, fresh unprocessed ingredients; this seems to be something people are really gravitating towards now.

Do you have a food philosophy?

Of course! It’s basically “eat what makes you happy, and listen to your body”. I talk about this in my TEDx talk (it’s on YouTube) – it’s about moderation plus pleasure, basically. A little bit of everything, not too much of anything and don’t get too hung up on obsessing about the details.

What do you think would encourage more people to cook healthily?

Knowing that it’s easy to eat well, and it doesn’t have to involve dozens of specialty ingredients or restrictive rules.

What are some of your favourite ingredients to cook with?

Miso, chillies, lemons and basically all veges!

What’s your pet peeve in the kitchen?

Knives that aren’t sharp.

Why do you think people should try WOOP?

It’ll expand your recipe repertoire; it’s super fast and super delicious real food!

Favourite international cuisine?

Japanese. But it really depends on the day.