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Summer safety: Can grilled meats produce cancerous chemicals?

Jun 29, 2023

Steak, barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken. What do all of these meats have in common? They all taste best when they’re touched by the sizzling flames of a grill on a hot summer day. Many would describe the meats listed as being full of flavor, but recent research suggests that they also have...

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Commonwealth celebrates Massey Cancer Center’s comprehensive designation: “If you didn’t know about Massey—now you know”

Jun 09, 2023

Leaders from Virginia Commonwealth University and across the commonwealth came together to celebrate VCU Massey Cancer Center’s comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Thursday, June 8.   Robert A. Winn, M.D., Massey director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, was joined by ...

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Diet and nutrition: chocolate

Aug 24, 2020

If you’re a chocolate lover, stay tuned! Chocolate is a huge hit when it comes to meeting your sweet tooth needs. An ingredient in chocolate, cocoa, has been shown in research to have cancer-fighting effects. Cocoa has antioxidants called flavanols that have been shown to reduce damage to cells, fig...

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Diet and nutrition: more herbs, less salt

Aug 10, 2020

You might notice some swelling in your hands, feet, legs or belly region after a salty meal or snack. High amounts of salt can also spike your blood pressure and damage your heart, kidneys or liver. Therefore, it is important to monitor your sodium intake. A good way to do so is by replacing salt wi...

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Diet and nutrition: avocados

Jul 13, 2020

Avocados have become a popular food in recent years and with good reason! They are full of healthy fats, also known as monounsaturated fats. Switching out foods containing saturated fats (such as butter, mayonnaise or cheese) for unsaturated fats may help improve cholesterol levels.  This is importa...

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Diet and nutrition: picnics

Jun 10, 2020

Whether it be sitting around a table or quickly grabbing food on the go, mealtimes are different for everyone. Something we don’t often think about is sitting down for a picnic! While not the most conventional idea, eating outside can help to slow down our fast-paced lives and cherish the outdoors. ...

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Maintaining a healthy weight during cancer treatment

Jun 08, 2020

Maintaining a healthy weight is very important during your cancer treatment. Weight loss can lead to slow recovery, increased hospitalizations and longer treatment time. Treatment side effects such as nausea, decreased appetite and taste changes can make it difficult to eat and consume an adequate a...

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Recipe corner: build your own salad

May 12, 2020

Salads are a delicious way to increase your consumption of vegetables. By adding a protein source and healthy dressing, salads can easily become a main course. Due to an endless list of topping possibilities, it is hard to tire of this versatile dish! As summer approaches, the availability of fresh ...

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Recipe corner: meal planning during a pandemic

Apr 13, 2020

Recipes prepared by Allie Farley, M.S., R.D., L.D., registered dietitian at VCU Health. Visit Allie's blog on Diet and Nutrition for more recipes and information about the connection between diet and cancer survivorship. Meal planning during a pandemic has added challenges but it does not have to be...

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Recipe corner: collard green burritos and fruity green smoothie

Mar 02, 2020

Collard Green Burritos The ingredients for this recipe can vary depending on personal preference. Keep in mind each burrito will require one large collard green leaf. Ingredients: Large collard green leaves (as big as you can find) Avocado (sliced) Fresh cilantro (diced) Cooked Brown rice (prepared...

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Recipe corner: black bean brownie bites and winter smoothie bowl

Feb 03, 2020

Black Bean Brownie Bites Don’t be afraid of the ingredients used to make these sweet treats. This recipe is a great alternative to a traditional brownie with less fat due to eliminating butter and oil. Enjoy these treats while also being cautious of portion control. With two brownie bites per servi...

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Recipe corner: gingerbread and pomegranate salsa

Dec 02, 2019

Sweet Gingerbread Ingredients: 1 ¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 1 ½ tablespoons ground ginger ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoons ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoons ground cloves 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoons salt ½ cup dark unsulfured molasses ½ cup unsweetened a...

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Recipe corner: fiesta butternut squash and chicken soup; sweet and spicy pecans

Nov 04, 2019

Fiesta Butternut Squash and Chicken Soup Ingredients  1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 cup quinoa (rinsed and uncooked) 1 small butternut squash (approximately 4 cups) 1 can or 15.25 ounces kidney beans 1 can or 15 ounces of corn 1 can or 14.5 ounces petite diced tomatoes 2 teaspoons...

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Recipe corner: roasted acorn squash and pumpkin overnight oats

Oct 01, 2019

The arrival of autumn brings a change in seasonal produce. Acorn squash, apples and pumpkin are among the most popular and nutritious fall favorites. This month's recipes will utilize these versatile ingredients to create dishes that are both tasty and healthy. Roasted Acorn Squash Ingredients 3 la...

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Recipe corner: fig and feta flatbread, simple fig bars

Aug 29, 2019

Recipes prepared by Allie Farley, M.S., R.D., L.D., registered dietitian at VCU Health. Visit Allie's blog on Diet and Nutrition for more recipes and information about the connection between diet and cancer survivorship. Figs are generally grown in California and harvested mid-summer. You will not f...

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Recipe corner: grilled summer vegetable kabobs and honey drizzled peaches

Aug 01, 2019

Cooking on the grill is a staple within many households, especially during the summer months. Lab studies show potential carcinogens may develop from intense heat while preparing meat, fish or other foods during the grilling process but research does not suggest the need to eliminate this method of ...

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Recipe corner: summer potato salad and vinaigrette fruit sundae

Jul 01, 2019

July has arrived and cookouts are in full swing! Check out these healthy and tasty alternatives to traditional cookout recipes. Summer Potato SaladThis is a delicious potato salad with a healthy twist. It is mayo-free and full of great, fresh flavors. Ingredients 2 pounds small red potatoes, scrubb...

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Recipe corner: summer salads

May 30, 2019

Summer is a great time to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables. Try a fresh, nutritious and colorful salad with seasonal ingredients. These recipes are a healthy addition to any summer gathering! Chickpea, Feta and Chopped Vegetable Salad Ingredients 1 Pint of Cherry Tomatoes, halved or quarter...

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Recipe corner: fiesta crock pot lettuce wraps and infused water

May 01, 2019

May brings warmer weather and of course, summer celebrations. Make your party a little healthier this year with these recipes. Fiesta Crock Pot Lettuce Wraps Ingredients 4 Chicken Breasts 1 Cup Minced Pineapple ½ cup Cubed Pineapple Juice from 2 Large Oranges (approximately ½ cup) 6 Garlic Cloves, ...

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Diet and nutrition: super seeds

Mar 12, 2019

VCU Health and Massey registered dietitian Allie Farley provides nutrition tips and information on the connection between diet and cancer. Visit Allie's Diet and Nutrition blog to read more. If there is there a topic that you would like to see covered, send your requests to alliene.farley@vcuhealth....

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