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Win This book: The Slim Down South Cookbook (plus recipe for Shrimp and Grits!)

February 4th, 2014

When you think about southern fare, the word “healthy” isn’t exactly rolling off your tongue. Instead, thoughts of mouthwatering biscuits and greasy bacon will probably pop into your head. But now, you can eat lighter versions of traditional southern classics all thanks to Carolyn O’Neil. In her new book The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating well and living healthy in the land of biscuits and bacon she lightens

Gingerbread Cookies with White Chocolate

January 20th, 2014

By Catherine Cioffi, RD Contributing Blogger
This ginger bread recipe is a healthy twist on the classic dessert. It features a blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flour, plus unsweetened applesauce and Greek yogurt to replace the butter and oil.
I’ve had it taste-tested and approved by friends and family alike. The sweetness comes from a blend of spices, sugar, agave syrup, and molasses…, while crystallized ginger

The Paleo Diet

January 15th, 2014

By Joni Garcia MS, RD, Contributing Blogger
Many folks make it a goal to eat and feel healthier, especially in the New Year. As a dietitian, I hear the most buzz about diet trends and fads during this time of year. Although I initially heard about the Paleo Diet a few years back, the popularity of the diet has been growing more than ever before. But is the caveman-style diet all what it’s hyped up to be?
What is it?…
The Paleo

Ingredient Spotlight: Molasses

January 13th, 2014

Catherine Cioffi, RD Contributing Blogger
This dark syrup offers not only a uniquely sweet flavor, but also a variety of vitamins and minerals. It’s the key ingredient for beloved gingerbread recipes, and makes a great addition to your kitchen cabinet!
In the United States, molasses first appeared during colonial times when it started being imported from the West Indies as a part of the Triangular Trade.

5 Over-Hyped Foods

December 11th, 2013

Every few week there’s a new superstar food claiming to be the answer to our health concerns. Before you jump on the latest food craze bandwagon, do some digging to assess whether it’s really craze worthy. These latest 5 foods may be healthy, but their benefits are over-hyped.
Tart Cherry Juice…
Touted as a powerful anti-inflammatory, athletes in particular have gone crazy for this stuff. Supporters claim it can