The truth about Carbohydrates

Dairy, eggs, red meat, and carbohydrates, among others, have all had a bad rap for being “unhealthy” at some point in time.  The fact is, all of those foods can be part of healthy diet.  Just like everything, it is important to not only eat the right type and right quantity of food to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Carbohydrate Basics

Carbohydrates are an essential part of our diet as they provide us with energy, fiber, and

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Fitting in Fad Diets – Juicing

Most people truly want to be healthy.  However, wanting to be healthy versus really being healthy are two very different things.  In part because truly living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy.  Food is social and eating healthy can be a deterrent to many people.  I mean, how many times don’t people bring in some sort of baked good to work or you go out to dinner where those cheese fries are calling your name?  In addition,

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Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, is observed in many Asian countries and communities around the world.  The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is based on both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. This year, the celebration will begin on Saturday, January 28. The traditional lunar calendar is associated with the 12 animal signs in

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Food Trends of 2017

Scoot over new haircut, diet trends and home re-design (sorry Chip and Joanna Gains) but what is trending in 2017 is FOOD! Food feeds our hunger, our curiosity, our social life and our cultural so get your “OpenTable” app open, its fork and knife time!

2017 Food Trends per CNBC

  • Poke

Poke, pronounced “po-kay,” is usually tuna or octopus that is fresh, raw seafood that is cubed and mixed with soy sauce, green onions and sesame oil severed

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Season Greetings with Soup

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go let it snow, let is snow, let it snow.” We are a week shy of Christmas and here in the Midwest we are experiencing our first, true, winters snow. Even though the snow is peaceful and calming, as I watch it fall from window, outside it is truly frightful.  Per the “Let is Snow” song, I really

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Calorie Burning at Christmas

I admit, I went shopping the day after Thanksgiving but not during the wee hours of the morning.  Instead, my sister and I woke up, had our breakfast and went to face the masses around 10:00 in the morning.  Now, my sister is a shopper.  She had a list of stores she wanted to go to with a list of hopeful purchases.  Even though we were not super successful on the purchasing side of things we

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Tis the Season for Baking

For some of us, Christmas starts before Thanksgiving. For the rest of us, like myself, I choose to wait until Thanksgiving is over to start decorating, shopping and baking. The holidays bring about all kinds of beautiful cookies with festive colors and shapes: frosted sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, spritz cookies, thumbprint cookies – so many choices!


I really enjoy cookies – yes, dietitians eat cookies, too. And if you’re like me, sometimes it’s hard to say “no” to

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Tis the Season for Appetizers and Hors d’oeuvres

It is not uncommon to order a light appetizer prior to a meal.  It is also not uncommon to have small plates of food with drinks after work. For many, appetizers and Hors d’oeuvres and used interchangeably to describe a type of food consumed prior to a larger meal.  However, did you know appetizers and Hors d’oeuvres are actually two different things?


Appetizer –> small portion of food or drink served before or at the beginning of

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What is a meal?

Per the movie Forrest Gump, “Mamma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gunna get.” It is a quote that those 80’s baby’s and older know well but have you ever thought about what that quote actually means? Think about it, when you open up a box of chocolates, think Russel Stover chocolates, there is this huge variety of chocolates and no matter how badly I want the chocolate

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The Comfort of Comfort Food

You can’t argue that the temperatures  are changing.  Over the last couple of weeks we have opened the windows to the house.  This not only circulates fresh air but helps cool down the house.  However, at night, the windows stay open which means by the time I wake up the cool, crisp air that circulates the house makes me eager to lounge in sweaters and a blanket to keep me warm.  To me, this is a

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