Category: Eating Well With Kim

Let the Holiday Preparations Begin

By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE Illustration by Michael Rushbrook   I have termed this time of year the “candy season.” Don’t get me wrong I do like candy—but seriously, do we need to see it at every turn? Another characteristic common this time of year is over-eating. As a dietitian I have helped people identify their hunger level using what is called a hunger scale. Hunger scales typically use the numbers one through ten to describe hunger and satiety. The number one indicates starving and the number ten represents stuffed (Thanksgiving stuffed). Almost everyone understands that “too stuffed”...

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Fall Produce

By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   The turning leaves are a sign to turn up consumption of autumn foods. From apples to yams, fall fruits and vegetables offer a variety of nutrients with many health benefits. Here are a few ideas to get you eating “the alphabet” from apples to yams: • Apples make great snacks and can be enjoyed baked as well as in this simple recipe: Core 2 apples, leaving the bottom intact. Fill the apples with sweetener of choice and spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and a small amount of butter. Microwave for 3 ½...

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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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