Category: Eating Well With Kim


by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE We are a snacking nation. This can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. If you are a soda or snack-food company, it is good. If you are a parent, it can present nutritional challenges. When you hear the word “snack,” what do you think of? Do you think of chips, cookies and sweet drinks or do you think of apples, almonds and avocados? If you think of snacks as more of the junk type foods – you are not alone. Junk foods and candy bars (think Snickers)...

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The Basics: Fruits & Veggies

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE Summer is almost over. Goodbye to that relaxed schedule that allows for random bursts of activity at a moment’s notice and hello to that school schedule that is unyielding and routine. Ah routine— boring, yet at the same time routines can be comforting and productive. School schedules allow for a bit more routine at home and that certainly includes meal planning.  As a “seasoned” dietitian, I’ve seen lots of education materials over the years and as recently as two years ago, I came across one of my favorites thus far. It’s a...

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Creativity and Cooking!

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE I used to think that I had the creativity of a rock and then I started cooking for myself. Eventually, I realized that I frequently altered recipes and often changed them into completely new recipes, which indeed is a form of creativity. Fast forward 20 plus years and my daughter also prefers not to follow a recipe, which unfortunately results in a lot of inedible mess making. Admittedly, I have not been stellar at encouraging this form of creativity, especially since I am usually the clean-up crew. In an effort to practice...

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Super Summer Slaw

Recently, a local farmer named Joseph Doyle gave me some cabbage and pecans and then as simple as that, a recipe was born. It was kind of like the farmer version of the show Chopped because that’s what I got in the basket and in turn it became a delightful new recipe. Cabbage is most certainly underutilized, yet such a healthy vegetable. In fact, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, a group of vegetables known for their role in cancer prevention. When you are given cabbage by a farmer, it’s relatively inexpensive but it’s also inexpensive at the store and...

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The 3 R’s of The Environment: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE This is the time of year for thinking GREEN.  Although St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, April in Augusta is all about the green jacket. That said, spring’s warmer weather and budding trees also have me thinking about green spaces, green veggies and green living.  The 3 R’s of sustainability (reduce, reuse and recycle) can be easily applied to how we manage food at home. Did you know that on average Americans throw out 40% of their food? That is close to half, which is kind of shocking especially when you...

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