• By Michelle Briceno, MS, RD, LDN and Taylor Melancon, Dietetic Intern

Did you know that avocados are a fruit? Avocados are a versatile superfood that provide your body with not only healthy fats, but fiber, vitamins and minerals too. Avocados have heart-healthy benefits and can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. They can also help manage your blood sugar a…

  • by Jaime Dishman

May celebrates mothers: There’s a beauty to this day in the month of May where we stop and celebrate the mothers who gave us life, gave us their days, gave us their best so we could become our best. 

  • by Jaime Dishman

It’s April. That month may not mean much to most folks, but in our family it’s a pretty big deal. No family birthday, no anniversaries, no big ceremonies. But there is one important thing that happens during the month of April. It’s garden growing time.  

  • BY Michelle Briceno, Registered Dietitian at TGMC

There’s a possibility that you’ve heard of legumes, and an even bigger chance that you’ve eaten these more times than you can count. Legumes are part of the vegetable family that includes beans, lentils, peas and peanuts. The most popular beans are kidney beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans an…

  • by Jaime Dishman

I’ve started to write this month’s column over and over again. I’ve written a sentence, erased a sentence, retyped the same sentence, only to erase it all over again. What to write that can be spoken in only a few hundred words? What I really want is to sit down with my readers, look them in…

  • by Jaime Dishman

Tonight, my girls are making a puzzle. It’s 300 pieces and involves puppy dogs, pet shops and flowers. There are about 40 brown pieces, 85 black pieces, and some white thrown in, with pops of color for the flowers. 

  • BY Michelle Briceno, Registered Dietitian at TGMC

The fact that dark chocolate is good for you is the best medical news we have heard in a long time. Researchers have found that a moderate amount of dark chocolate combined with a balanced, healthy diet can help ease many health conditions. 

  • by John Doucet

I once had a supervisor who changed our meeting schedules so frequently that my calendar became a scratched out mess that even Picasso couldn’t hang in a gallery. One day, to clean things up and make the schedules readable, I invested in a little bottle of Liquid Paper. Suddenly my canvas wa…

  • by John Doucet

In the past seven weeks, we’ve survived the three major holidays of the year. I call them “the Big Three”: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. And on each of those days, we’ve probably all prepared large meat items in our kitchens—a turkey or a ham or a beef roast or something more exot…

  • by Jaime Dishman

She walked through my empty house on a Thursday night. No one was home, and I asked her to pick up some items out of my laundry room and bring them to me on her way to help me at my store for an after-hours class we were hosting. I had forgotten several important items I needed, and since sh…

  • by John Doucet

When I was a kid, we always had a calendar hanging from a nail on a wall in the kitchen.  Mostly, the calendars were large posters that showed a country scene, or a religious painting, or a shrimp boat with its great, raised trawls docked alongside the bayou.  Always, the calendar was printe…

  • BY Michelle Briceno, Registered Dietitian at TGMC

Nuts are proof that good things come in small packages and these bite-size powerhouses are packed with heart healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that have been shown to protect our bodies from damage.

  • by Jaime Dishman

As I’m writing, this week is halfway through. To be honest, it’s been a halfway kind of week, if there is such a thing. Halfway done tasks, halfway attention given, and halfway cooked suppers. (If tortillas with cheese slapped on them count as true quesadillas, then call me cook of the month.) 

  • By John Doucet

In one of your many trips down cosmetics aisles in supermarkets, have you ever wondered why so many products are packaged as if a little of the ocean lay beneath their labels? Besides, of course, the company called “Sea Breeze” and all its products, there’s Suave, Zest, Gillette, and Renuzit…

  • By Jonah Giroir

One of my favorite things about the fall season is being able to step outside and not start sweating immediately. The weather is finally cooler and we’re getting closer to opportune times for bonfires, pumpkin spice lattes (if that’s your thing) and sweaters.

  • by Jonah Giroir

My column in last month’s PoV alluded to a few changes coming to the magazine. While my transition to editor was a big change to my life and the magazine, we would like to reveal an even bigger change with this issue.

  • John Doucet

Of all the stories my grandpa told me, there’s one story that I remember every year at this particular time. It’s the story of him and his family and their evacuation from Leeville during the great hurricane of 1915.

  • Michelle Briceno, Registered Dietitian at TGMC

With cooler days in South Louisiana comes a powerful superfood, the apple. No other fruit has earned the “will keep the doctor away” reputation so it’s no joke that this superfruit is packed with health benefits:Promotes a Healthy Heart: Dietary fiber from apples helps reduce blood cholester…

  • Joel Ohmer

Growing up in South Louisiana I posed for more than my share of photos sitting on giant gators. My dad and uncles would return from gator hunting expeditions, and the family would gather for the men to regale us with tales of the hunt. I recall those days as being mixed with excitement and s…

  • John Doucet

One afternoon as a kid, I remember watching an animated holiday special. It was the story of Hank, a machinist from Hartford, Connecticut, who, following an accidental bump on the head, finds himself in 523 A.D., the time of King Arthur. Because his clothes and behaviors and words are so str…

  • Mary Downer Ditch

And just like that, summer is over. All too short in my humble opinion! August was always dreaded by my school-age self. While I enjoyed learning, I really didn’t really care for school. I had many great teachers over the years too. Even though what they were teaching was out of a book and p…

  • Michelle Briceno, Registered Dietitian at TGMC Healthy Lifestyles Center

Ripe, juicy, fresh tomatoes are one of summer’s greatest joys. Tomatoes serve as a vital ingredient in many dishes given their unique flavor and versatility. The benefits don’t stop in the kitchen – these juicy fruits come packed with rich nutrition.

  • Michelle Briceno, Registered Dietician at TGMC Healthy Lifestyles Center

Warm weather brings summery treasures and seasonal stone fruit is at the top of the list. Stone fruits, like peaches, nectarines, mangos and cherries, are just a handful of the sweet treats that contain a stone or pit, giving them their culinary term. These small bundles make for great healt…

  • John Doucet

July, as you may have already noticed, is summer—time for a vacation to more cool latitudes.  But, like the toy surprise in Cracker Jack, every time I book a hotel room I wonder what I’m gonna get. Some hotels are so aware of this metaphorical conundrum that they actually offer bags of popco…

  • Jaime Dishman

The call came in early on a Tuesday morning. “We have a six-day-old newborn. Would you be able to take him for a little while until we can find out whether he has family to place him with?”

  • Jonah Giroir

Growing up, my favorite Disney movie was always a toss-up between “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.” Simba’s ascension to king and Aladdin’s transition from street rat to battling with Jafar were just so fascinating to my childhood mind that I pushed aside what has become my favorite Disney movi…

  • Melissa Duet

To continue bringing you interesting and slightly out-of-the box things to peruse month after month, the editorial staff often finds themselves scrolling through the likes of Facebook, Pinterest and Buzzfeed. Understandably, the conversations usually veer off to hobbies, favorite places, or …

  • Jonah Giroir

With the confusing schedule of putting together a monthly magazine the month before it actually comes out, I kind of missed Mother’s Day last month. Which is really weird to say considering I’m still typing this before Mother’s Day. But such is the life.

  • Melissa Duet

Bad weather and I are not on friendly terms. As I write this column, I’m watching a fiercely dramatic blanket of black clouds cover much of the Houma area. Thunder rumbles spontaneously as if to laugh at my fear and the tree near the windows to my office whip back and forth like they’ve just…

  • John Doucet

It was frightening day when I learned about postage. Not only did I come to realize that my previous letters had been eaten by those brass-mouthed slots at hotels and post offices, but also the learning was traumatic. Before taking her bills to the post office in advance of due dates as she …

  • Jaime Dishman

It happened while I wasn’t in the van. I left the van running, kids piled inside, while I ran in to drop off our little gymnastics lover at her teacher’s studio on a Tuesday afternoon. When I dashed back into the car, the four children left inside all started talking at once.

  • Meyer Financial Group

Parenthood can be wonderfully rewarding and frighteningly challenging. Children give gifts only a parent can understand. You raise them with a clear goal that you secretly dread - someday they will be grown and ready to move out on their own. As your children travel this long and never dull …

  • Michelle Briceno, Registered Dietitian at TGMC Healthy Lifestyles Center & Chef Jackie Marsh, TGMC Executive Chef

Avocados have been getting a lot of attention lately for their delicious, nutty flavor, beautiful presentation on toast, and their endless nutritional value.

  • by Lane Bates

Spring has sprung and summer is here so Rosé season is upon us. Rosé wines have grown dramatically in popularity over the past few years. Everyone has seemed to taken a liking to the dry, crisp, and easy summer sippers. A bonus is they work well with our number one cuisine, seafood. Here are…

  • by John Doucet

Here in PoV country, May inevitably reminds us of many things: crawfish by-the-sack, lovebugs by-the-swarm, and pis-en-lis by-the-side-of-the-road. Like the rest of the country, we are also reminded of the end of school years and summer travel. This May, I’m reminded of all the little summer…

  • by Jonah Giroir

A few short months ago, I put closing on a house on The List of Jonah. And while I still think the process of getting to closing to be a process quite similar to pulling teeth, the actual closing took only about 30 minutes. The waiting took quite a long time, but we are officially homeowners…yay!

  • by Melissa Duet

I can’t even tell you the last movie I saw in a movie theater. Something about my flip-flops sticking to the floor just didn’t interest me these days so I stayed away. Then “Beauty and the Beast” premiered and things changed. A Dolby screen had been installed in a nearby theater and the thou…