House Calls

SUM 2018

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THE FLAW: The increasing popularity of animal-free diets coupled with the convenience-oriented American lifestyle means food companies are offering pre-packaged items that are "vegan friendly" like imitation cheeses, faux meats, chips, and protein bars. "Yet, like all heavily processed fare, these items are typically laden with artificial sugars, sodium, and refined oil," says Coulter. With one location on Folly Beach and a second on James Island, Black Magic Café is the perfect place to fuel up before a day spent at the Edge of America. The funky diner offers a menu ranging from Southern comforts to fresh smoothies and more. Here, Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated dietitian Sarah Coulter walks us through her recent health-minded breakfast order from the James Island location. Black Magic's omelets are typically made with three hormone-free eggs. To cut 110 calories, 9g fat, and 360mg cholesterol from her meal, Coulter asked for one whole egg and two egg whites. Another heart- healthy request she made? Asking that the chef go light on the dish's goat cheese, which can be high in fat and sodium (one ounce has 7g total fat and 312mg sodium). Coulter was drawn to the omelet's prosciutto. "It's salty, flavorful, and a little goes a long way," she says. She also liked that it includes spinach, which is full of vitamins E, K, and a number of B vitamins. Resist the temptation to sub in a specialty side like home fries, grits, or bacon. "The fruit salad was bright and sweet," she says, noting that it's loaded with vitamin C . "I can't resist an Americano , made of rich espresso and hot water," says Coulter. When ordering your coffee drink of choice, decline any whipped topping and opt for skim dairy , she recommends. THE FIX: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports vegan and vegetarian diets, noting that people who consume plant-based diets have less of an environmental impact and are at a reduced risk of developing diabetes, certain cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. "However, the Academy underscores that a vegan diet requires well-planned, whole-food meal strategies rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts," says Coulter. So skip the vegan frozen pizza packed with imitation products and instead make your own using whole-wheat crust, nut-based cheese, and a bevy of veggies. CONTRIBUTORS P H O T O G R A P H ( O M E L E T ) B Y C A S S I D Y H U R T 16 { summer 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s eating well Assuming that all vegan fare is healthy. DIET MISTAKE: Sarah Coulter, MS, RD, LD Alexis Appel, RD, LD L I S A L I V I N G S T O N local best bet The Tuscan Omelet (with a side of fresh fruit and an Americano) BLACK MAGIC CAFÉ 1130 Folly Rd., James Island (843) 576-4868, blackmagiccafe.com TIP: If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, add avocado or asparagus to your omelet for an extra dose of folate, which has been shown to help ward off birth defects.

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