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How to Make Coconut Butter (A.K.A. Your New Favourite Food)

17 January 2018

Coconut Butter is a beautiful thing. It can be toast's best friend, a recipe's star player, or simply a quick and indulgent spoonful from the jar (we promise we won't tell anyone). ..

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Sugars & Substitutes 1: The Quick Guide

17 January 2018

We stock such a great variety of sugar and sugar substitutes that we put together a guide to explain the differences between products. Some products are the sweetest of sugars - perfect for sweetest tooth, and some substitutes are suitable for diabetics and people on sugar-free diets...

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9 Ways to De-Stress after Shock or Anxiety

17 January 2018

Here at Commonsense we’ve been looking for ways to de-stress, rest and recuperate after recent events in Wellington. Fortunately, we have some extremely talented colleagues we can ask for advice!..

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7 Tips for Conserving Water - Let's Not Wait For A Summer Crisis

17 January 2018

Every year in New Zealand we have droughts. Even famously rainy, damp Wellington has come close to running out of water. ..

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Are Oats Gluten Free?

17 January 2018

Oats: contaminated by gluten or just straight glutinous? We did the research so you don’t have to: here’s the low down on why your oats aren’t truly gluten free...

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No Sugar-Coating: My Real-Life 'I Quit Sugar' Diary

Posted by Liz Willoughby-Martin on 17 January 2018

I was brought up on sugar. My bones are made from Angel Delight and hokey pokey. My veins are filled with plum crumble and raspberry liquorice sticks. Sugar is my life-force. That’s why I chose to give it up...

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Fair Trade Fortnight - Celebrate Making a Difference!

17 January 2018

May 3-18 2014 is Fair Trade Fortnight, and it's time to celebrate the difference we can make, and spread the word!..

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Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute on Edible Gardens & Saving New Zealand’s Heritage Plants

17 January 2018

Kay Baxter holds a lifetime of knowledge and experience, and lucky for us she shares it. 30 years ago Kay co-founded the Koanga Institute and to this day she works to help others grow their own food, save heritage seeds, and live sustainably...

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Staying Well in Winter: How to Boost Your Immunity

17 January 2018

During cold months it's important to think about boosting immunity to prevent infections and stay energised and healthy. There are many immune supportive measures now available, but improving your diet and lifestyle is the most important starting point...

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Gluten Free Flours & Grains A-Z

17 January 2018

New to gluten-free eating, or keen to expand your diet? We've written up a list of gluten free grains and flours, including their flavours and our tips for using them. We also share a recipe for our gluten-free flour mix - scroll on to find out more! ..

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Amber Teething Necklaces

17 January 2018

Like many other resins, stones, gems and metals, amber has a long history of traditional use based on its physical and metaphysical qualities. Wearing Baltic amber in the form of a necklace is a traditional European remedy for teething babies, where it has also been used as a general curative.....

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Winter Health Guide - Boost Immunity, Beat the Cold!

17 January 2018

Give yourself a fighting chance against infection this winter by following this immunity boosting guide! It's amazing how much you can fortify your body against infection by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. ..

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