• 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 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 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 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

We still have a few more weeks of Lent so you’re bound to be looking for some good seafood. Why not make something yourself? This Salmon Teriyaki is sure to delight your palate and provide an ineffable experience for your taste buds. Take a few minutes to create this dish and sonder in the t…

One of the most exciting experiences in a Mexican restaurant is the sound of fajitas as they approach your table. The sizzling meat, bell peppers, and onions announce their presence boisterously and deliver on their promise by being absolutely delicious. Now imagine wrapping the veggies insi…

  • By Point of Vue

Take those extra cucumbers, beans, okra, chili peppers and anything else you have from your garden and try pickling it to preserve or use in sandwiches, salads or as condiments. Here is a basic pickle juice recipe to follow, but feel free to add other herbs or spices you enjoy to the mixture…

  • By Hillary Scott

When spring arrives, I go on the hunt for my favorite seasonal ingredients. Cherries are always high on my list and pair well with pork, always popular with my family back in Texas. When spring turns to summer and fresh cherries aren’t as plentiful, you can easily substitute with frozen cher…

  • By Point of Vue

William “Bill” Spahr Jr. and his wife Thelma started Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant small. The first family eatery consisted of a small kitchen and lounge operated out of a service station in the fishing community of Des Allemands.

  • By Chef Monica Larousse

Ask a Louisianan to name the current season and you’ll likely get answers that range from “football” to “hurricane.” In the summer months, any Cajun or Creole chef will remind you that you are in the heart of “shrimp” and “tomato” season – two ingredients that marry beautifully when making a…

  • Chef Lindsay Mason

Even the smallest bites of fresh seafood immediately bring to mind spring and summertime memories and a longing to return to the casual, laid-back lifestyle the seasons bring. This spicy appetizer perfectly complements the first warm breezes blowing through the area. Serve with a refreshing,…