Cool and crispy arugula salad with pomegranate, tossed with a sweet and tangy mustard dressing, gluten free.

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Dig into this refreshingly, crunchy summer salad for a satisfying side dish. You could also turn it into a complete meal simply by adding more feta cheese and beans © Copyright, 2015-2018, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

Beat the heat with this oh-so-cool, but amazingly simple, summery salad. On those hot summer days when you just want to sip on a cold lemonade, and the last thing you would want is a heavy meal, this refreshingly light, but surprisingly filling salad is sure to hit the spot! Low in calories, but brimming with taste and antioxidants, what’s not to love??! The salad dressing can be made ahead of time, covered tightly and refrigerated for up to 7-10 days. The sweet and sour flavor of this home-made dressing is a treat for the taste buds, but can be made in a snap!

© Copyright, 2015-2018, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

Vegan version, without cheese. © Copyright, 2015-2018, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

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Mango-yogurt mousse-say hello to spring!!

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Antioxidant packed blueberries provide a pretty contrast against the vibrant yellow of the mango mousse while vitamin C rich kiwi perfectly complements both the blueberries as well as the mousse. © Copyright April 2018, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

Spring is here! Hooray! Finally after a prolonged winter, that much awaited season called spring has arrived in New England, ushered in by bright, yellow crocuses peeping through cool green fronds,  and tulips nodding their pretty heads in the gentle breeze. The crisp, fresh air is filled with the woodsy fragrance of mulch and subtle scent of daffodils, making you want to linger outside and fully imbibe the awesome beauty of nature.  It’s these  magnificent colors that inspired me to create a dessert that pops with color and flavor. This mango dessert reminds me of the vibrant yellow of daffodils, while the inspiration for using blueberries as a garnish came from the vivacious blue of mid-spring hyacinths and early spring crocuses. The gut friendly yogurt ensures that this dessert is as wholesome and nutritious as it is delicious!! Finger-licking good, so make sure you make enough for second helpings!!!

Don’t forget to scroll down to my Registered Dietitian’s tip to get a preview of what makes yogurt so gut friendly and what makes the gut microbiome the latest and most intriguing frontier in medicine today!! Find out what all the fuss is about!!

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The Asian Paradox: What puts Asians and South Asians at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes!

The Asian Paradox: What every Asian must know!

Type 2 diabetes is among the fastest growing diseases in the world due to a combination of unfavorable changes in modifiable risk factors and a high genetic susceptibility in certain populations.

Asia is at the epicenter of the diabetes epidemic with 60% of the world’s diabetic population residing in Asia. With sky rocketing rates of obesity worldwide, the metabolic disorders that go hand in hand with obesity are rising proportionately with it. While most ethnic minorities are affected, Asians and South Asians both in their native countries and abroad are disproportionately affected.

Why do we need to pay attention to this? 

Given the magnitude of the diabetes epidemic, and given that Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, with their numbers projected to double by the year 2060, it is imperative that we take a hard look at contributing factors and explore meaningful interventions.

The Paradox:

Asians have twice the prevalence rates of diabetes despite lower rates of obesity compared to Caucasians.

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