Introducing resident nutrition expert: Niki Bezzant

Introducing Niki Bezzant

Niki

Niki Bezzant is a writer, speaker and commentator who is passionate about food and health. Niki has been involved in the food media for 20 years. She was founding editor of Healthy Food Guide magazine, and is a columnist for the Herald on Sunday, the Monday Herald Be Well, and a frequent contributor to broadcast media. She is a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table  programme which helps kids learn how to grow, cook and share food. She is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative and a board member for the NZ Nutrition Foundation.

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.