Category Archives: Food Sensitivities

Because We All Need That Cookie Sometimes! by Cari Culp, RD

Spring is right around the corner and many of us are looking for ways to tone up and maybe shed some of those holiday pounds. Limiting sugar is one great way to do that, but alas, for one reason or another, that sweet craving comes creeping in. We all want a little something sweet here and there, and by the way, that is totally normal! After all, what is life without enjoying a warm, fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie from time to time?
I have a better option for that cookie craving! Why not make your own from healthier, lower carb ingredients? These are the easiest and fastest cookies you will ever whip up and so satisfying, you will hardly know they are made with healthier ingredients! These can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen and thawed as needed.  Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
-3/4 cup creamy almond butter or peanut butter (Only nuts and salt in the ingredients list.)
-1/2 cup coconut sugar (Found on the sugar aisle in most grocery stores – lower glycemic index. May substitute brown sugar if you wish.)
-1 large egg
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
-Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a mixing bowl and mix vigorously with a spoon
-Fold in chocolate chips
-Drop dough by tablespoonfuls on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes
Recipe courtesy of Nourishing Meals Cookbook
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Gluten Free with BFree Foods by Lisa Johnson, RD

This is a promising new line for the gluten-free consumer. BFree offers whole grain, high fiber breads, wraps, and pastas without the allergen, gluten. Everyone loves the convenience and satisfaction of breads, wraps, and pastas; yet sadly GF products usually compromise texture and flavor. These are soft and pliable, and packed with healthy nutrients and… Continue Reading

A Must Share by Lisa Johnson, RD

When you discover something that works, you must share. One of my new favorite meal-snack staples is a baked oatmeal casserole. Overnight oats became a rage because people need quick and healthy breakfast options. When preparing for the Mediterranean class, I discovered another baked version that I prefer. This healthy alternative makes a satisfying high… Continue Reading

Have You Eaten Your Broccoli Sprouts Today? by Cari Culp, RD

I am always encouraging clients to get the biggest bang for their buck nutritionally. After all, every opportunity we have to put something in our mouth is a missed opportunity to put something even healthier in our mouth. Something that fights chronic disease and promotes longevity! With unavoidable exposure to environmental toxins like air pollution… Continue Reading

Hushup and Hustle by Lisa Johnson, RD

For many this is back-to-school week. Talk about a hustle! One thing we need at times like this is a quick, healthy breakfast to start the day on a positive note. I am a fan of these new products and have enjoyed them myself on many rushed mornings. Hushup and Hustle makes Blender Bombs and… Continue Reading

Beginners Guide to Enjoying Carbs by Nicole Freeman, nutrition student from UNCG

Dozens of myths exist about carbohydrates, commonly known as carbs. As an advocate for health, a common battle we have to fight are incorrect health myths! Here I will address popular carb myths. Carbs are not good for your body. This is the scariest myth I have heard because the truth is actually the exact… Continue Reading

Mayo: To Eat or Not To Eat? by Cari Culp, RD

Mayo has long been stigmatized as a “bad” food. Most of my clients who like Mayo question whether they should avoid it all together or use it very sparingly. The good news is, with the right mayo, you can enjoy a mindful and satisfying serving without worry. And who doesn’t love a good tomato sandwich… Continue Reading

Help taking the fear out of food? by Christie Hunter, RD

Some of my clients seek the help of a Registered Dietitian to help them lose weight. At the first meeting, we do an assessment form where we ask questions about their family history, health history, medications, supplements, shopping and cooking habits as well as weight history. As part of the weight history, we talk about… Continue Reading

How Clean is Your Drinking Water? by Cari Culp, RD

Maybe you’ve made some positive health changes recently. Drinking eight glasses of water a day is one that I discuss frequently with my clients. But, how often do you think about whether the water you’re drinking is clean?  I think it’s a pretty important thing to think about. The body is over 60% water and uses it for everything… Continue Reading

Innovative Low Carb Fiber Foods by Lisa Johnson, RD

Low carb lifestyles are the craze. Because adults tend to be less active, and hormonal changes and stress both increase insulin, our fat storage hormone, lower carb lifestyles can assist in weight and blood sugar management. The downfall is that many low carb foods are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and they lack beneficial… Continue Reading