Well, last week I was beginning to think that the worst of the Winter weather was behind us - but this week has brought another cold snap and some strange happenings like heavy hail in Auckland!

Because of this extra cold weather and the fact that we are not quite in Spring yet,  I have decided to carry on with a few more Winter Wellness Tips.

Winter Wellness Tip#10

Take a break!

Yes, a holiday on a tropical Island sounds like bliss right now and some lucky people are doing just that I'm sure! However, for those of us that aren't lucky enough to be able to fly off somewhere warm - it is important to take a break from time to time. Taking time out to do something for ourselves is important in keeping ourselves stress free and happy. Often we don't realise that we are stressed, however symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite or trouble concentrating could be signs of stress and a sign that we need to take a break so take notice of what your body is trying to tell you.

This weeks recipe looks slightly unusual at first glance but give it a go and you will see that it is surprisingly good!

Bacon and pumpkin pizza


  •   400 g pumpkin, peeled, deseeded, chopped   
  •   1 medium red onion, thinly sliced   
  •  1 x 3 second spray(s) oil spray   
  •  1 medium pizza base, thin   
  •  150 g tomato-based salsa   
  •   6 slices of Bacon, excess fat and rind trimmed   
  •  80 g light cheddar cheese, or reduced fat tasty   
  •  12 individual black olives, drained, pitted, sliced   
  •   50 g rocket leaves   


  • Preheat oven to 200ºC.

  • Combine pumpkin and onion in a medium bowl. Spray with oil and toss to combine. Bake vegetables in oven for about 20 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Increase oven temperature to 220ºC.

  • Place pizza base onto an oven tray and spread with salsa.

  • Arrange pumpkin, onion and bacon over top. Sprinkle with cheese and olives.

  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until base is crisp and cheese is melted. Scatter with rocket and serve.