Author: Melanie Steele

Eating Patterns for Optimal Health: Small Changes You Can Make Today

This year Nutrition Month is all about unlocking the potential of food: to fuel, discover, prevent, heal, and bring us together.  This week’s post focuses on small changes you can make for optimal health that may help you reduce your risk of some chronic diseases. Three Eating Patterns for Optimal Health While there are many

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Mini Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I’ve recently discovered my baby loves cinnamon. I had some leftover egg mix for French toast the other week, so I cooked it up to give to her with breakfast. Of course, it had cinnamon in it. She couldn’t get enough. I’d been planning to come up with a recipe for mini muffins to make

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Fun Ways to Get Children Involved with Cooking

This year Nutrition Month is all about unlocking the potential of food: to fuel, discover, heal, prevent, and bring us together.  Dietitians love food – it’s a big part of why we do the work we do.  For many of us, our love for food began in childhood.  This post highlights some tips for getting

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5 Times You Might Need a Snack

This year Nutrition Month is all about unlocking the potential of food – to fuel, discover, heal, prevent, and bring us together.  While I hope to share more about how dietitians in various roles can help you unlock the potential of food, this week I’m starting off with some snack inspiration to keep you well

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Welcome (Back)!

Hi There, and Welcome to Vancity Nutrition  I’m Mel, a registered dietitian, avid home cook, and new mom.  This site used to be called Mel’s Food Blog – you can probably guess it was about food (original name, I know).  I started blogging 5 years ago during a career transition as a way for me

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Spiced Chocolate Smoothie

Update: This was one of the most popular recipes from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog.  I’ve re-tested and re-shot it and it stands as is.  Try a bit less milk and frozen banana to make this into a smoothie bowl. I love smoothies for breakfast – they’re quick, easy, and can be packed full

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Fresh Pick – Chard

The sun may be shining here in Vancouver, but the air sure is cold!  Comfort foods have become a mainstay as of late, so I thought I would highlight a hearty green that will make a nutritious addition to your soups and stews.  This week’s Fresh Pick is chard.

Fresh Pick – Challenge Accepted

A couple of Fridays ago, I challenged you to try a new fruit or vegetable in lieu of my usual Fresh Pick Friday post.  The idea was to get you thinking about different foods and encourage you to try something new.  Food should be fun, and I think trying new things is one way to

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Spicy Miso Soup

Update: This was one of the most popular recipes from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog.  I’ve re-tested it and re-shot it with some very minor tweaks.  The miso is made into a slurry and added at the very end to ensure the probiotics aren’t destroyed when the soup is heated.  I can honestly say

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Wendy’s Peanut Butter Cookies

One of my favorite treats growing up was my mother’s homemade peanut butter cookies. They were perfect for dunking into a glass of cold milk. I remember watching my mother sitting in the living room, wooden spoon and mixing bowl on her lap, watching the news while she creamed together the butter and sugar. My

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