Think you can’t have your ice cream and popsicles without consuming loads of added sugar in the heat? Think again! Store-bought frozen treats usually contain 20-plus ingredients, including artificial sweeteners, stabilizers and other unhealthy fillers. There are countless ways to make frozen…

Fire cider is an old health tonic that has become popular for its immune boosting benefits and as a detox. If you are a fan of taking apple cider vinegar daily, this is a way to add even more benefits to your apple cider vinegar regimen. This apple cider vinegar tonic infused with herbs and …


One of my favorite things about summer is having fresh produce from my garden. However, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out ways to get creative with it by the end of summer, and I hate seeing any go to waste. So, I asked my fellow colleague, Katrina Detter, RD, to provide some infor…

Have you been told by your doctor that you have low iron? Iron deficiency is a very common disease, but can be easily prevented. It is estimated that more than three million people in the U.S have low iron. Low iron stores can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, a condition where your body is lo…

Did you know that regular consumption of nuts can help reduce your risk of some diseases? Research shows that nuts have some powerful health benefits and can help protect against heart disease, some cancers and can help achieve a healthy body weight. A study in the "Journal of the American C…

Your morning cup of Joe may be detrimental to your diet if you are drinking coffee in an unhealthy way. Coffee consumption is a sticky topic, and you will find research on why coffee is bad for you and other research stating that in moderation, coffee can be a healthy part of any diet.

Sugar consumption has increased by more than 30 percent since the 1970s in adults and more than 20 percent for children. More and more research is starting to uncover that sugar is doing more damage than we may have thought.

Did you know those dreaded weeds in your yard actually have major health benefits? Dandelions have been used for centuries for the treatment of numerous ailments and diseases. The root and greens of dandelions can be consumed and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

My husband and I went to the Burke County Chamber of Commerce looking for maps and brochures for adventures to take in the area. On our way out, Hollie Phillips, the office manager, told us about a new ice cream shop on Enola Road. 

Healthy fats have gained a lot of popularity lately, and thankfully so. Now that research shows that fats are necessary in the diet, people are finally starting to swap their margarine for butter. Ghee, also referred to as “liquid gold,” is clarified butter that has been used for centuries i…


ASHEVILLE — The scene at Little Pigs BBQ last Friday was about the same as it ever was: hushpuppies dancing in hot peanut oil; barbecue sandwiches flying over the counter; platters of the restaurant's famous broasted chicken getting devoured with crisp sides of slaw.


Humans have been consuming wheat for thousands of years, so it would seem that it is a safe food, right? Unfortunately, our modern grain and flour is much different than our ancestors.

We have become a society of convenience, especially when it comes to food. Many Americans have lost touch with cooking foods from scratch and understanding where our food comes from. Convenience foods may save you time, but you are sacrificing your health and not to mention, money. Preparing…

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CONNELLY SPRINGS — Students at Icard Elementary recently were given the opportunity to understand how food is not grown in a grocery store, but cultivated locally at a farm and brought to their schools.


There are many foods that have been marketed and perceived as “healthier” options, especially for diabetics. Check out these foods that are not diabetic friendly foods.


A healthy diet is the best thing you can do for disease prevention, wellness and for a better quality of life. To amp it up a notch, check out these simple tweaks to make your already healthy meals, even healthier.


This recipe goes to the head of the class, turkey-burger-wise. Its perfectly proportioned, Greek-inspired combo of crumbled feta cheese, red onion and dill makes the meat flavorful and keeps it moist. It would fit right into a plan for eating better in the new year.


Are your pants fitting just a bit tighter after all that holiday indulging? Feeling more tired than usual? If you feasted on an excess of Christmas cookies, gravy, and casseroles you may be feeling the need for a cleanse.

Bone broth is a traditional food that your grandparents and ancestors likely kept on hand. And many cultures around the word still consume bone broth regularly. It has recently gained popularity and considered a new health fad even though it has been around for centuries.


This time of year conjures up images of warm, comforting drinks for me. Hot chocolate, pumpkin lattes and gingerbread-flavored coffees are some of my favorite winter treats. These traditional feel-good drinks however can often be loaded with sugar and wreak havoc on your immune system and gu…

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For the 14th year in a row, local restaurants will be offering a taste of their best fare at the Outreach Center’s Holiday Sampler , all in a collaborative effort to give back to the community this holiday season.


A few years ago I begin to notice that my throat and mouth would itch when I consumed an apple. I did not think much of it, but then it happened the next time I ate an apple, and the next. Why did I begin to itch when consuming apples? I had never had an apple allergy. It started to concern …


The Thanksgiving feast is almost here. The last few months of the year are a wonderful time to celebrate and be with loved ones. However, we don’t have to overindulge to still enjoy the upcoming holidays. The average American puts on approximately 1-2 pounds during the holiday season, and of…

When the bread basket arrives at the restaurant table, do you dig in before your meal arrives? Most of us know that eating a high-refined carbohydrate diet is detrimental to our health, especially diabetics. But could the order of how you eat your carbs at meal times matter too? Maybe so. If…

Fall is here, and with that also means cold and flu season. During this season, it is important to build your immune system to help prevent colds and flu from invading your home. And if you do happen to catch a nasty virus, you can help take the following measurements as well to help shorten…

Move over green tea, golden milk is an even more healing hot drink that offers many health benefits. This anti-inflammatory and de-bloating tea has been around for centuries, and used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Golden milk is my go-to soothing and healing evening drink.

The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina invites community members to celebrate autumn’s bounty and support land and water conservation in the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills with a special event.

Eggs are a great nutrient packed food and a staple for most homes. One egg provides seven grams of protein, vitamin D and omega 3 fats. However, with some of the methods used today for raising chickens, many of the nutritional benefits of an egg can be diminished. Free range, organic, farm f…

A sweet memory accompanies this recipe in "Myers + Chang at Home: Recipes From the Beloved Boston Eatery," by Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowicz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). Boston chef Chang recalls that while most of her friends' mothers "were whipping up hamburgers and hot dogs for fa…

Nut butters are a great source of protein and healthy fats but some nut butters contain as much sugar as a candy bar and can turn your PB&J into an unhealthy meal. Check out what to look for when purchasing your next nut butter.


Growing up in Morganton, I feel I may have taken it for granted. I don’t think I realized just how many outdoor and other wellness opportunities our city has to offer. Soon after I was married, I was able to get a job in Morganton and move back. It has been so much fun to relive Morganton th…

There are so many oils available today, how do you know which one to choose? Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding which oils are healthiest. Here are my suggestions when it comes to choosing the healthiest oils to use.


Americans high sodium diets are not usually from the salt shaker like you may think. Only 10 percent of our sodium intake comes from the salt shaker — salt added during cooking and at the table.


You probably already know that real food is healthier than processed food. But sometimes it's hard to tell what's real because of the way foods are marketed. Once-healthy items such as vegetables, beans and nuts can become processed foods. Even if they start out as something good, what matte…


There are some easy ways to boost your meals to make them more nutritious. By adding some good fats, vitamins and minerals, you can make your everyday meals and snacks even healthier


Have you heard the phrase “Eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper”? Is this the way we should be eating? Research shows that eating most of our calories during the day and less at night may be the best way to eat for better health, digestion and weight loss.

Do you have excess produce from your garden? If you are like me, I do not want to see any of my vegetables and fruits go to waste. Thankfully, there are many ways to stretch your garden leftovers so you can enjoy them beyond the regular growing season.

If I had to sum up how to live your healthiest lifestyle, I would suggest these guidelines.


If you haven’t checked out our farmers market by now then I would encourage you to do so. You can’t beat the taste, quality and freshness of locally grown foods compared to foods from mass supermarkets. Not only does it support our local farmers, but local food is healthier. Check out the be…

When completes its acquisition of Whole Foods Market, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will try to keep the grocer's reputation for premium fresh foods while cutting prices to shed its "Whole Paycheck" image, a source said.