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.

Reinventing Soup

It’s officially soup season! Do you want to learn how to reinvent your favorite soups to be healthier and more nutritious? Do you have questions on how to adjust your recipes for taste changes post-treatment?  Check out the link below to view Melanie’s latest virtual cooking class. Melanie shares some of her favorite soup recipes, […]

Healthy Fats

When it comes to diet we often hear talk about carbohydrates and protein. Typically fat receives less attention; however, fat is an essential macronutrient that has many important bodily functions. With the amount of coverage protein receives, it is surprising that we actually need 30% of our calories to come from fat in our diet […]

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric or curcumin is a spice found in curry and other ethnic foods. Turmeric has received much attention as being an anti-inflammatory spice that may have cancer-preventing or cancer-fighting properties. Historically, turmeric has been used for gastrointestinal upset, skin disorders, and other ailments caused by inflammation. Is turmeric a herbal that cancer patients should consider? […]

Staying Hydrated

Did you know that the human body is made up of over 50 percent water? Each day we lose water through bodily functions and sweat which are then replaced by the fluids we take in through our diet. Dehydration becomes more of an issue during the summer months when we are sweating more than during […]

Roasted Asparagus

Are you looking for an easy side dish to add to your holiday meal?  Look no further, view this healthy recipe for roasted asparagus below from SNCC’s Registered Dietitian Melanie Mitchell.   Ingredients: 1 bunch of fresh asparagus 1 TBSP olive oil 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar (any kind) 1/2 tsp kosher salt Candied almonds: 1/4-1/3 cup […]

Immune-Boosting Nutrition

Are you trying to build up your immunity with your diet? What foods can lessen your risk of contracting colds and viruses?  SNCC’s Registered Dietitian Melanie Mitchell shares her tips and menu ideas below.   A regular question that I hear from patients is “What can I eat to boost my white blood cell (WBC) count”. […]

So you want to go PLANT-BASED…

Have you considered going to a plant-based diet? What does that exactly mean?  SNCC’s Registered Dietitian Melanie Mitchell shares her insight into deciding if the plant-based diet is right for you.    What does plant-based mean? A plant-based diet is one that is rich in fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains, beans, seeds, […]

Hitting the Reset Button

January brings a chance to hit the reset button and start new habits or change old behaviors. We’ve all seen it, in January the gyms are packed, co-workers begin new diets, and by February the momentum seems to slow down. Research shows that people are more likely to stick with healthy habits if they have […]

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 […]

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