Melanie’s Moments

Welcome to Melanie’s Moments, a page dedicated to our patients’ nutrition.  Our Registered Dietitian is Melanie Mitchell, MS, RD, LMNT. On this page, we will share helpful information that includes recipes, special diet requirements and much more.

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffing

Not your traditional “stuffing” however a healthy twist that can be used as an appetizer or side dish during the holidays and beyond. Artichokes are a prebiotic protecting us against colds while spinach provides vitamin C and fiber to boost overall health. Ingredients: 2 TBSP olive oil 1 tsp chopped garlic 1 (14 oz) can of […]

Need a craving crusher?

At the end of a long day, it feels fitting to reward yourself with a delicious dessert however you don’t want to stray from your health goals…a simple almond flour microwavable cake and berries might be just the thing! Ingredients: 1/3 c almond flour (coconut flour works too) 1 egg ½ tsp baking powder ½ […]

How can your diet reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer?

For this Melanie’s Moment, we are talking about your diet! Research has shown that diet can affect one’s risk of developing colorectal cancer.  Diet is also important in decreasing the risk of recurrence or secondary cancer after the treatment of colorectal cancer.  The American Institute for Cancer research as well as other cancer research organizations […]

Glorious Greens

For this Melanie’s Moment, we are talking greens! Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, chard, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are fantastic ways to add nutrients as well as pizazz to any meal. Vegetables that were once turned away at mealtime have now gained popularity and for good reason. Dark green leafy are low in calories […]

Kick Off to a Healthier You

Almost 45 percent of Americans make weight loss their New Year’s resolution. Increasing exercise, watching calories and including healthier foods is a fresh way to kick off a new year! Unfortunately, only 8 percent stick with their resolutions. In order to avoid being a resolution drop out; make your dieting goals realistic and achievable. Read […]

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Cooking a large meal for many people on Thanksgiving can be stressful, particularly when it comes to food safety.  Below are a few food safety tips that will keep your food delicious and safe for the holidays. Do NOT wash the exterior of your bird. Proper cooking methods are the only way to eliminate harmful […]

Chemo and Cooking

Deciding what to eat can be a challenge; throw chemotherapy into the mix and meal planning can become even more difficult. Many cookbooks have tackled the topic of menus based on nutrition-related symptoms experienced by many cancer patients. If you do not have a cookbook handy, there are many options available on the web to […]

Choosing the Best Health Apps

Support and accountability are two essential components of behavior change and goal achievement. Sometimes it can be hard to find that right support person however now our smartphones can help keep us on track toward meeting our goals. Many applications for smartphones and tablets will count calories, sleep, water intake, and even take you through […]

Farmers’ Market Season

Summer brings the season of fresh fruits and vegetables! Packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber, produce provides a high-nutrient value with fewer calories.  Embrace all the in-season fruits and vegetables by tossing them into a frittata, smoothie, salad or just enjoy as a snack. The local farmer’s market is a great way to explore fruits […]

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