Diabetes NZ launches new recipe book

19 November 2018

Diabetes NZ recipe book; Eat Well, Live Well

A new recipe book published by Diabetes NZ has a fresh take on healthy, tasty meals and will make life much easier for the quarter of a million New Zealanders living with diabetes.

‘Eat Well, Live Well’ was launched recently at celebrity chef Simon Gault’s restaurant, Giraffe, as a part of Diabetes Action Month. 

Diabetes is New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing health crisis, affecting a quarter of a million New Zealanders and the recipe book will be helpful in most Pacific homes.

Dame Valerie Adams wrote the foreword for the recipe book, encouraging people, including Pacific families, to eat well, particularly those with type 1 or gestational diabetes and the increasing number of people who are developing type 2 diabetes.

SouthSeas Healthcare encourage Pacific families to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle in many of their programmes, such as the Resilient Young People Programme which aims to increase levels of physical activity and improve nutrition in young people.

Eat Well, Live Well contains more than 50 diabetes-friendly recipes every family will love, for everyday meals, snacks, desserts or for entertaining friends. It features a great variety of dishes from a range of cuisines, and many of the recipes were inspired by traditional Maori, Pacific and South Asian dishes. They include a modern versions of a traditional Māori boil-up, Pacific classics such as Sapasui (Chop Suey), and a selection of Indian, Sri Lankan and Thai dishes. 

Every recipe was approved by dietitian Helen Gibbs and all of the recipes have reduced levels of salt and saturated fats, using healthier alternatives to ensure that the food tastes great.

In addition to recipes, the book also contains general guidelines for healthy eating for people with diabetes, as well as tips on how to make sense of food labels. Parents of children with type 1 diabetes in particular will be delighted by the lunch box ideas in the book.

Eat Well, Live Well will also be on sale from booksellers with a recommended retail price of $34.99. It is also available to be ordered directly from the Diabetes NZ website ( and from Diabetes NZ branches around the country. 

The recipe book’s compilation of recipes has been contributed to by notables such as MasterChef winner Brett McGregor, Simon & Alison Holst, Robert Oliver, Jax Hamilton of MasterChef fame and Registered Nutritionist Claire Turnbull, among others. 

The proceeds from all sales will go towards Diabetes New Zealand’s education programmes.

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