10 Benefits of Kimchi

Kimchi is a Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables. It is a staple in Korean cuisine and serve at most meals. It is general made from cabbage and radish and is pickled with Korean spice, garlic and ginger. Kimchi is found regularly in our Balance box for a low calorie, flavour hit.

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Promotes Digestion

Kimchi is great for gut health. This is due to the probiotics produced when the kimchi ferments. The probiotic, Lactobacillus, keeps the gut healthy with good bacteria.

Lowers Cholesterol

Studies show eating kimchi reduces cholesterol and lowers the level of blood glucose in the body. This is due to selenium and allicin in garlic (a main ingredient in Kimchi) that lower cholesterol levels and provide a protective effect of artery walls, reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.

An Antioxidant

Kimchi made with red pepper seeds are rich in antioxidants which shield the body from the harmful effects of free radicals in the environment.

Alleviates Skin Conditions

Studies show the lactobacillus bacteria in kimchi has show to improve dermatitis (skin conditions).

Weight Loss

Kimchi can help control appetite by reducing blood sugar levels, it also contains fibre, keeping you fuller for longer. Studies show people who eat more kimchi have a lower BMI also.

Boosts Immune System

Kimchi contains garlic, ginger and peppers which have a positive effect on the immune system to fight cold and flu symptoms.


Kimchi is high in antioxidants and Vitamin C. This helps reduce inflammation which is a cause of ageing.

Prevents Cancer

Kimichi is made primarily of cabbage which contains flavanoids which are known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Diabetes Management

Kimchi is beneficial in stabilising blood sugar. Studies show better glucose tolerance for those with Type 2 diabetics when consuming kimchi.

Reduces Gastric Ulcers

Kimchi helps to stop stomach ulcers, those with Helicobacterpylori bacteria can find their symptoms improving due to the fighting effects of Lactobacillus.

WOOP Dessert Box – Second Week Winners

Congratulations to all our lucky winners who have been delivered a limited edition Dessert Box this week. Only 20 boxes remain!

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Introducing Guest Chef Sergio Maglione

Sergio Maglione is an Italian chef and restaurateur of popular Farina and the creator of our delicious zucca e salsiccia pappardelle in this week’s WOOP box.

Sergio has a simple ethos of fresh and simple cuisine, letting seasonal produce do the talking in his dishes – which are so popular in fact that he is a repeat winner of Taste of Auckland’s best dish. We sat down with Sergio to talk all things food.

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Street Food Series: Coreano

We’ve rounded up the 3 best street food chefs in Auckland for our Street Food Series!

After the success of our first collaboration with Judge Bao we’re sending WOOP Foodies Coreano sesame soy beef tacos with tomato and coriander salsa. This recipe was created by guest chef Steven Ko of Coreano, who serves Korean flavours in a Mexican style.

Sound delicious? Order here for delivery on the 12th of March.

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4 Crazy Christmas Foods from around the world

Here at WOOP we’ve just launched our Christmas Box, so yes, we’re already thinking about Christmas!

In New Zealand we play it relatively safe when it comes to our Christmas foods. We may have glazed ham, lamb or turkey with a few side salads and pavlova for dessert. But have you heard of these 4 crazy Christmas foods?

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Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

We didn’t think it was possible for something to taste so good but still be good for us. Lucky for you, the recipe is below…

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Are you running the Auckland Marathon? Eat right leading up to your big event

It’s really important when training for a big event, such as the Auckland Marathon you’re aware of the type of fuel you’re putting into your body. We all know the food we eat impacts the way our body functions so consuming a consistent diet of good quality food is really important to improve efficiency and recovery.

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Good Taste is Everything with WOOP and Food Snob

This week our chefs have been working hard to bring together some of their tastiest WOOP dinners yet. We’ve teamed up with Food Snob to bring you some of the best halloumi in the country for our halloumi and pancetta salad that’s in the Foodie Box this week.

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6 tips to boost productivity



It’s easy for us to feel overwhelmed by e-mails, long nights at the office or getting distracted by co-workers.

The secret to working more productively isn’t about working more or less, but learning how to work smarter. We’ve put together 6 tips for you to get more out of your day:

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Treat yourself with Be Nourished



This week our WOOPers received something a little special in their boxes. We have teamed up with Be Nourished this week to give our customers the best local kimchi for their Korean Bibimbap salmon bowls.

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