Category Archives: Recipes

Summer Mocktails by Lisa Johnson, RD

I had the good fortune of dining at the Umstead in Cary, NC last Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised to see mocktails on their bar menu. At this stage of life, I enjoy relaxing socially with a beverage, but do not care for the side-effects of alcohol. I want to enjoy the following day also! Last Saturday I chose a delicious basil limeade, but the hibiscus spritzer was a definite contender! I mention this because I have many clients confess they enjoy an evening cocktail, especially during summer months, but find lowered inhibitions with food as well as undesirable sluggishness in the morning. Therefore, I am offering some ideas for beverages that will allow you to unwind with friends and family but will not impede your healthy lifestyle. Enjoy your summer with these guilt-free mocktails from Experience Life!

Plant-Based Nutrition, by Mackenzie Brenner, UNCG Nutrition Student

The adoption of a plant-based diet is ever increasing as the infinite list of benefits becomes more clear through research and personal experience. Whether it is decreasing greenhouse gas emissions or to consume more fiber and lower cholesterol, there are many reasons why someone might consider eliminating ultra-processed foods along with meat and dairy products.… Continue Reading

Keep it Light When You Light the Grill by Lisa Johnson, RD.

Grilling season officially kicked-off last Memorial Weekend. Most of us love this time of year when the days are long, and we can be outdoors whipping up a quick meal after hours. Thankfully, grilling techniques have evolved so that we have learned to grill much more than ribs, burgers, and steaks. Now, entire meals are… Continue Reading

It’s Time to Give Bean Pasta a Try! by Cari Culp, RD

Legume pasta is all the rage these days and rightfully so! I have been having so much fun with it in the kitchen. I am frequently asked if veggie (tri-colored) pasta or whole wheat pasta is better than regular pasta. Well the answer is, not really. There is not much difference in the ingredients, total… Continue Reading

Magnesium, A Mighty Mineral by Lisa Johnson, RD

Magnesium shines as one of the body’s most essential minerals. It cofactors over 300 bodily functions to aid with bone health, blood pressure regulation, insulin sensitivity, heart health, colon health, and brain health. Deficiencies have been linked with depression as well as attention deficit disorder and sadly over 60% of the US population are deficient… Continue Reading

Ways to Eat More Vegetables by Lisa Johnson, RD

Spring has sprung which means the garden-fresh vegetable selections will be more plentiful. And, most people adapt to warmer months by lightening their load when it some to food choices. Spring cleaning isn’t just for our environment we know! The benefits of a lifestyle high in vegetables are well established. Any healthcare professional will encourage… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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

Cold Weather Lunch (or Dinner) Ideas: Warm Salad Bowls by Cari Culp, RD

Do you find yourself getting bored with packed lunches, eating out frequently or having a hard time incorporating veggies into your lunch meal? Maybe you want some warmer lunch options versus the typical sandwich or salad now that the weather is getting cooler. Even though the cold weather is blowing in, we can still find… Continue Reading