Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
We couldn’t agree more! Lagniappe Wellness, committed to improving and enhancing health through education, promotes healthy living through evidence-based nutrition and dietetics education and health coaching. Our Registered Dietitians strive to instill in our clients and students a positive relationship with food and fitness and an appreciation for professional and lifelong learning.
What is Lagniappe?
la·gniappe | \ ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈyap\
lagniappe: a little something extra; something given for good measure
The meal was served with a lagniappe of freshly made cornbread.
Mark Twain’s Thoughts on Lagniappe
We picked up one excellent word, wrote Mark Twain in Life on the Mississippi (1883), “a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word-‘lagniappe’…. It is Spanish-so they said.” Twain encapsulates the history of “lagniappe” quite nicely. English speakers learned the word from French-speaking Louisianians, but they in turn had adapted it from the American Spanish word la ñapa. Twain went on to describe how New Orleanians completed shop transactions by saying “Give me something for lagniappe,” to which the shopkeeper would respond with “a bit of liquorice-root, … or a spool of thread.” It took a while for “lagniappe” to catch on throughout the country, but by the mid-20th century, New Yorkers and New Orleanians alike were familiar with this “excellent word.”