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  1. 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 »


  2. 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 »


  3. Low GI Recipe: Cannoli Cream Dip

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    November 15, 2010 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Cannoli Cream Dip

    This is a healthful twist to the much-loved Sicilian dessert that surfaces on southern Italian holiday tables especially at this time of year.  It will be part of my Christmas menu this year.  For a truly exquisite treat for your palate look for the freshest ricotta and the best quality dark chocolate you can find.  And definitely opt for the orange flower water if you can find it. keep reading »


  4. Low GI Recipe: Rice Pudding with Almond Cherry Sauce

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    August 3, 2010 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Rice Pudding with Almond-Cherry Sauce

    Cherries and almonds are a match made in heaven.  That’s not to say that the rice-milk-lemon mixture isn’t a divine combination as well.  In winter, rice pudding (“budino di riso”) is cooked with lots of milk to make it creamy and is served warm by itself or with stewed dried fruit. This is the summer version: just barely enough milk to cook the rice, leaving it dry enough to take the shape of a pudding mold, served at room temperature with a warmed seasonal fruit sauce.  The Italians think of everything! 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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