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  1. Sugar, Sugar Everywhere! What’s a Sweet Tooth to Do?


    November 16, 2016 by Johanna Burani

    Do you consume more than 6 – 9 teaspoons of sugar a day? Do you know how many sugar calories are added to your daily diet?  Do you even know how much sugar enters your body on an average day?

    Well, if you’re a typical American, according to the 2005-10 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), you’re eating and drinking about 20 teaspoons of sugar every day.  That translates into about 66 lbs. of sugar per person per year.  Said differently, added sugars contribute 335 calories to the diets of men, 230 calories to women, 362 calories to boys and 282 calories to girls – every day. That’s the bad news.

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  2. Low GI Recipe: Strawberry Yogurt Dessert


    February 11, 2014 by Johanna Burani

    Strawberries with Yogurt and Grand Marnier

    Here is a simple, healthful dessert with one version of an Italian twist.

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  3. Low GI Recipe: Caramelized Autumn Fruit with Yogurt Sauce – Italian Style


    October 31, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Caramelized Autumn Fruit

    Italians prefer their fruit to showcase their natural sweetness and this recipe does just that.  The spices and natural sweeteners blend harmoniously with the cooked fruit.  You might never dream of adding vinegar to fruit but leave it to the Italians!  The balsamic vinegar blends together all the flavors of this compote as soon as it hits the palate. keep reading »

  4. Low GI Recipe: Mixed Berry-Almond Custard


    June 20, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Mixed Berry-Almond Custard

    More than a dessert after a meal, I serve this custard when I have the good fortune of having a few friends come over for an afternoon visit.  Its wholesome goodness, however, qualifies it as an excellent choice any time of day or evening. keep reading »

  5. Low GI Recipe: Strawberry Amandine


    May 10, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Strawberries Amandine

    Slice and chop, and this dessert is ready for your table!  As with all fruit, serve these strawberries only in the peak of their growing season.  Complementary accompaniments may include dark chocolate truffles, vanilla bean ice cream, mascarpone or zabaglione (or other custards).


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  6. Low GI Recipe: Fresh Nectarines with Port Wine Drizzle


    August 4, 2011 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Nectarines in Port Wine Drizzle

    Late summer fruit and wine is a culinary marriage made, if not in heaven, certainly in most Italian kitchens.  This recipe uses a dessert port wine but other good fruity red wine choices might be Merlot, Valpolicella or Zinfandel.  Sometimes when friends stop over for a late afternoon visit to our Friuli home, I’ll prepare the fruit I have on hand in this way and serve it with nut-based biscotti.  This is a light, healthful, summery treat that will not interfere with the evening meal. keep reading »

Gushers vs Tricklers

"Gushers" are quickly-digested carbohydrates that cause a rapid rise in blood glucose and fuel appetite.

"Tricklers" are slowly-digested carbohydrates that are gradually released into the bloodstream and sustain satiety. These are the good carbs.

Johanna Burani
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

Expert in individualized, low-glycemic index (low GI) meal planning.

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