In this new series, Registered Dietitian Fiorella DiCarlo goes back in time to ancient civilizations to find enduring food cures for the modern world. In this video, she looks to Ancient Greece to cure the centuries old problem of bloating. Marketed as one of the most healthy food products and a substitute for higher fat items like sour cream and richer in flavor and texture than most American made yogurt, the general population forget "Greek yogurt" or strained yogurt has be
Registered Dietitian Fiorella DiCarlo RD, CDN prepares this healthy and seasonal salad packed with antioxidants to fight inflammation in the body and boost your immune system! Choose ripe Stone fruits like nectarines, peaches or apricots, avocado and red onion for a spicy kick! Ingredients: Stone Fruit (i.e. nectarines, peaches, apricots), cubed Avocado, chopped Red Onion, thinly sliced Mozzarella (or feta, ricotta salata) Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lemon Juice Sea Salt Basil Pre
Just in time to take advantage of nature's bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables and greens this season! Fiorella has released her newest Living in Italian recipe e-book: Salads of Southern Italy where Fiorella shares her favorite salads from her hometown right outside Naples. Using her fool-proof method, you'll never have a sad salad again! It takes a few key components that you can adjust to your taste and what is season. The foundation of any salad includes: base greens + fib
Foods rich in probiotics are some of my favorite foods to include in my everyday diet. Probiotics are live microorganisms or good bacteria that help optimize your gut bacteria, which has been shown to improve digestion, immunity, metabolism and even skin health. Probiotics are found in many foods that do not have to be eaten alone and when incorporated into your everyday meals can be quick and easy additives. Here are my top 3! 1: Kefir Kefir is a fermented yogurt beverage th
A Mediterranean staple, asparagus has been cultivated for over 2000 years. Asparagus was was in a featured recipe in Apicius's De re coquinaria(On the Subject of Cooking), the oldest book of recipes featuring traditional Roman cookery.
For its rich flavor profile and nutrient dense properties, asparagus can be added to any dish for added vitamins and minerals. Asparagus is best enjoyed in the months of February to June. Head over to the farmers market in Spring and pick up
Caprese salad is a quintessential Italian antipasto, traditionally made with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, which encompass the colors of the Italian flag! Thought to have originated in Capri, the luxurious and ancient island in the Gulf of Naples, you'll find a caprese salad in almost every restaurant or home kitchen in Italy.
Caprese salad can be enjoyed as is as a delicious and refreshing appetizer during any time of year, or enhanced with protein and veggies to make a
Living in Italian is all about using fresh seasonal ingredients, especially seasonal fruits and herbs, to elevate your dishes. My favorite way to use fruits is to dice them up with my choice of herb for a rustic salsa or chutney. Salsas and chutneys are so versatile, you'll say goodbye to all the old condiments! This strawberry cilantro salsa is the easiest way to hold onto the flavors of summer. Paired perfectly over any grilled or roasted lean protein (steak, chicken, or ev
Italian cuisine is widely known for its use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Italian's are also known for mixing locally sourced and readily available foods from all food groups into a large nutrient-packed salad. Stone fruit is native to Italy, particularly the southern regions such as Naples and Sicily, where streets are lined with cherry, apricot and nectarine trees for residents to pick and eat on the go! This salad is the perfect, refreshing, summer dish with a sweet and
A woman's body requires additional nutrients during pregnancy that women do not usually need when they are not pregnant. During pregnancy, the body becomes depleted in iron, folate, vitamin C and fiber, and it is important to consume these essential nutrients for the baby's health as well as her own.
This smoothie is a simple and versatile way to ensure nutrient needs are met, and overall health is being maintained during pregnancy. All you need is a blender! Ingredients:
We all know how important a good night of sleep is. But did you know what a lack of sleep can do to your body (other than cranky morning)? Lack of sleep can lead to exhaustion, anxiety, headaches, slows your body's metabolism and prevents your body from restoring itself! Melatonin is a hormone your body naturally produces when the sun goes down in the evening or in darkness/dimly lit settings, which helps induce sleep. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in most protein-rich fo