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

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    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: Chocolate Raspberry Almond Smoothie

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    July 28, 2015 by Johanna Burani

    Chocolate Almond Raspberry Smoothie

    Here is a quick, delicious, nutritious and low glycemic homerun to start the day.  You can change around the fruit and the nuts.  Pinoli (pine nuts) and hazelnuts are my choices when I’m in Italy.  My son, Matteo, has just planted raspberry bushes behind his house, so I’ll probably stick with the raspberries this season. keep reading »


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

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    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

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    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: Chocolate Glazed Almonds

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    March 15, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Chocolate Glazed Almonds

    The Easter meal is a grand event all over Italy.  The different regions prepare their local traditional recipes – all delicious.  When it comes to dessert, however, there is a standard commonality.  All over the country, a “Colomba” cake is served to herald the last of the several Easter meal courses.  “Colomba” means “dove” in Italian, the shape of this butter cake.  To accompany our Colomba, I often serve these delicately glazed almonds.  Sometimes they disappear before the Colomba! keep reading »


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

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    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
MS, RD, CDE
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

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

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