Category: Eating Well With Kim

Oh Honey!

How Sweet It Is By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   Sugar is the new fat. By that I mean everyone is on the bandwagon to cut it out, and with good reason. Diets high in sugar can lead to excess weight, diabetes and heart disease. In addition to reducing sugar it is important to consider what sugar is replacing in our diet. Consider the fact that according to the Centers for Disease Control about 75 percent of people in Georgia and South Carolina are NOT eating adequate fruits and vegetables each day. Yet on average no subgroup of...

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Dairy Good

“Agritourism, defined as activities offered on working farms and other agricultural settings for entertainment or educational purposes.” (Rich et al., 2012) By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   What do going to school and going to a farm have in common? Education! Farm tours are both educational and trendy. I’m a farm girl at heart but sadly the family farms of my youth are no more. This means my children do not have access to the wholesome farm environment that teaches hard work, responsibility and respect for both land and animals. This lack of access to farm life is...

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Peach Harvest

By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   “An apple is an excellent thing, until you have tried a peach.” George du Maurier (1834-1896) A perfectly ripe fresh peach is something to savor…you bite into the skin and that sweet flavor is immediately present as the juice runs down your chin. Really that is the best way to enjoy a peach, completely unmodified. However, peach season is short, June through mid-August, so you need a few recipes to help you take advantage of this delightful southern gem! Peaches are fabulous eaten in sweet or savory dishes but this month’s column...

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It’s Grilling Season!

By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   Don’t you just love grilling season? Actually, I think grilling season is 365 days a year but there is an uptick in grilling this time of year. To honor this festive method of cooking, I am providing five strategies for successful grilling that will have you pulling delicious, nutritious food off the grill all summer long.      1. Preheat your grill for about 10 minutes and then clean off the grill grates. It is easier to clean the grates of a hot grill! Once the grill is clean you will want to...

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And the Beet Goes On…

By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   A beat—is a basic pulse in music and it’s also part of the 1967 hit song “The Beat Goes On” by Sonny and Cher, and most recently it is a popular brand of headphones lots of kids like.  The kind of beet I am interested in (along with the nostalgic song) is the root vegetable. I just wish that kids thought the root vegetable kind of beet was as “cool” and desirable as the headphone variety.  So I did a little research to find out why Beat headphones are so popular. One...

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