Food & Recipes

  • What Food Means to You

    The holiday season can be particularly difficult for diabetics, as it seems that every holiday gathering centers on food. Navigating food choices at holiday parties can also strain the willpower of even the most disciplined diabetic. The typical Thanksgiving dinner can be over 2,500 calories (with normal portion sizes) and it is easy to consume over 4,500 calories in the course of the day.

    Eat what you want—without the guilt
  • In Season: Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes have long been a very tasty November staple … but did you know they are a superfood? One of nature’s best sources of beta-carotene, a single cup provides 438 percent of our daily vitamin A needs with a modest 102 calories. To get the full benefit of the beta-carotene, it’s important to have a little fat at the same time … butter anyone?

  • Island Creamy Fruit Salad

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    2 medium bananas, diced

    2 medium apples, diced

    1 lemon (juice of)

    1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained, juice reserved

    2 cups sliced strawberries

    2 cups grapes

    1/4 cup pecans, chopped

    1 (1 1/2 ounce) box sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix or 1 (1 1/2 ounce) box vegetarian sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix

    1/2 cup water

    Combine bananas, apples, and lemon juice in large mixing bowl. Toss until evenly coated. Add pineapple, strawberries, grapes, and pecans. In small mixing bowl, combine pudding mix, water, and pineapple juice with a wire whisk until smooth. Add pudding mixture to fruit. Mix gently until thoroughly coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Source: Chef Charles Mattocks

  • Cook’s Corner: Healthy Holidays

    You’ve been here before. Extended trip to the family’s for the holidays. At least two sit-down meals and a table filled with more desserts than you can feed yourself. By the time the trip is said and done, you’ve probably consumed more than several thousand calories… and none of them in the “healthy” department.

  • Just Raw: Keeping it Simple

    The holidays tend to leave many people frazzled. Lots of family means lots of food, which always leads to lots of hassle. But if you choose to make a few raw appetizers, your work load will be lightened the day of, and your guests will never know the difference.

  • Setting the Bar

    If you or someone you know is gluten-sensitive or has celiac disease, the FDA setting a standard on what qualifies as gluten-free is reason for rejoicing. The ability to purchase food that can be counted on to be gluten-free is of the utmost importance for people with celiac disease, and the new standard is a big step toward providing them that assurance.

    The FDA’s gluten-free standards and what they mean for you
    By Adam Swenson
  • A Million Years of Pistachios

    If you like pistachios you’re in good company: as in the Queen of Sheba, Israel (the man), Babylonian kings, Alexander the Great, and, more recently, the USA Water Polo team.

    A look at the health benefits of one of nature’s greatest nuts
    By Adam Swenson
  • Just Between Us Gals

    Gluten is everywhere, but is it innocent or is it betraying your body? By now you probably already know that people on the gluten-free diet avoid wheat, barley, rye, and any oats not labeled gluten-free. And gluten can hide in the most unexpected foods like some brands of broth and corn tortillas.

    How the gluten-free diet can improve your health
    By Carla Spacher
  • Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter

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    2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into ½-inch thick rounds

    1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

    3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter

    2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

    3 tablespoons granola

    If you won’t be eating these right away, start by brushing the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates to serve. Source: wholefoodsmarket.com; image: Jenn Benson

  • Gluten-free Strawberry-walnut Scones

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    2 cups raw walnuts

    ¼ cup coconut flour, sifted

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    ½ teaspoon sea salt

    ¼ cup pure maple syrup

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    2 eggs

    ¼ cup Rich and Creamy Melt, softened until pourable

    Organic strawberry jam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until a fine meal is formed. Place the walnut meal and the remaining dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients, except the Melt Organic, to the walnut meal mixture. Blend well with a hand mixer. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the Melt Organic. Mix well. Using an ice cream size scoop, make eight even balls of dough and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. With your thumb or a teaspoon, make deep well in the center of each scone. Fill each well with one teaspoon strawberry jam. Bake 23-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown and the dough springs back when pressed lightly. Cool on pan for five minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight container up to three days or freeze up to three months. Source: Melt Chef Cygnia Rapp; meltbutteryspread.com