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removing the bumpy exterior. Celeriac has been a European favorite for centuries, and is often used in French cuisine. Its popularity is due to its fresh, crisp taste (a mix of celery and turnip flavor) that is easily enhanced with a few ingredients. Keep an open mind—celeriac could replace potatoes and celery in your recipes.
Celeriac helps meet your dietary needs without adding a lot of calories; one cup of celeriac has only 45 …
Rarely do you come across a vegetable with its own folklore. According to Greek mythology, Zeus fell in love with a beautiful woman named Cynara and swept her up to Mount Olympus. Angered when she slipped back to earth to visit her family, he turned her into the first artichoke.
Looking at an artichoke flower, …
Bright red cherries are used to make tart cherry juice. There’s a sweeter juice made with darker cherries, but it doesn’t offer the same health benefits—tart cherries have a higher concentration of phytonutrients and less sugar.
There are several reasons to choose to pucker up with a tart cherry juice rather than a sweet one. Most health benefits can be attributed to the phytonutrients, which are a part of the flavonoid group. These phytonutrients are considered the most important found in all food, and …
Strawberries have been known to draw more people than rock stars. Every year more than 100,000 strawberry lovers travel to the small town of Poteet, Texas for the Annual …Read more Autism Treatment][Healthcare][Q and A ]
Q: We are avoiding cow’s milk for my daughter and considering almond milk as a replacement. Do I need to use any supplements to make up for the fact that she isn’t getting any cow’s milk?Read more Staff Spotlight]
Ana Murga, Nutrition Clinic Manager, has been with The Johnson Center since 2009. Originally from Miami, she relocated to Austin after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Florida International University. Ana is a certified Pharmacy Technician and she enjoys providing care to the many families who visit The Johnson Center.
As the …
Q: Whenever I hear about dietary intervention for children with autism, it seems like there’s something else we shouldn’t be feeding our children. If it’s not gluten and dairy, it’s soy, sugar, corn, or something else. It’s overwhelming—how do I get to the bottom of it?Read more Autism Treatment][Healthcare][Q and A ]
Q: My son has autism and we’ve been working on implementing a healthy gluten- and dairy-free diet. However, his school keeps sabotaging his dietary intervention plan. Although I’ve tried to explain it to them (I got a note from his doctor and wrote out the plan, and I send in all of his food), they just don’t seem to get it. They allow him free access to other snacks, use materials like PlayDoh that are inappropriate, and are generally unsupportive. How can families successfully build a positive relationship with their school to make this work?Read more Staff Spotlight]
Rebeca Flores, RN has been the nurse at The Johnson Center for the past two years. A native of California, she moved to the Austin area in 2005. Rebeca decided early on that she wanted to become a nurse and dedicate her time and effort to helping those in need.
Shortly after earning her …Read more
The secret to picking a good grapefruit is the smell. A ripe grapefruit will give off a sweet aroma. It will also be heavy in relation to its size. Imperfections such as scratches, discoloration, and scales on the skin will not affect the flavor. However a soft spot at the stem end or the appearance of water saturation are indications of decay.
There are several ways to eat a grapefruit. The more sophisticated way is to slice it in …Read more