Dietitians from Pennington Biomedical Research Center will join with Alexander’s Highland Market to offer an interactive educational experience titled “Eating Well With Diabetes: It’s All About Balance.”

This hands-on cooking demo and store tour is aimed at helping people in the community live well with diabetes. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Alexander’s, 18111 Highland Road, Baton Rouge.

The class is free but requires advance registration. Sign up by visiting or calling (225) 615-7800.

“Our goal is to help people live longer, healthier lives,” said Cathy Carmichael, a registered dietitian at Pennington Biomedical. “As a certified diabetes educator, I love finding creative ways to help people enjoy their food while still making nutritious choices.”

Get ready to savor the flavors of summer as Pennington Biomedical dietitians prepare herbed quinoa and luscious and diabetic-friendly pesto shrimp kebobs while sharing tips and tricks on how to flavor your food without adding extra calories. They’ll also offer insight on: the importance of balancing healthy eating for good diabetes control; how to fit a wide variety of healthy carbohydrates into your daily meal plan; and discuss lean proteins, whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables.

Following the cooking demonstration, dietitians will offer an in-depth store tour of the best foods to choose to maximize flavor while managing diabetes and provide an up close and personal look at nutrition labels. Alexander’s Highland Market uses the NuVal system of nutritional labeling of groceries and will provide materials to explain the nationally acclaimed wellness solution.