Recipes

How to Avoid Sneaky Added Sugar + Oh-So-Delicious Low-Sugar Snacks

It’s common knowledge that a can of Coca-Cola is full of sugar. And it’s no surprise that many syrups, candies and desserts are, too. But do you know these common foods are surprisingly full of “sneaky” added sugar? Munson Healthcare Cadillac Clinical Dietitian Samantha Struck says the dangers of sugar are simple. “Sugar is an […]

Create Your Own Northern Michigan Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt

Head to your favorite Northern Michigan farmers market, and while you’re shopping fresh produce, do a family scavenger hunt! Here’s how to create your own. Imagine walking up to your favorite Northern Michigan farmers market and being given a handout challenging you to some additional fun during your visit. It’s a scavenger hunt! Filled with […]

4 Healthy Comfort Food Recipes for Summer in Northern Michigan

These healthy comfort food recipes are easy to make and delicious. What does “comfort food” mean to you? Is it a dish that’s sentimental? Full of flavor? Clinical Dietician Samantha Struck at Munson Healthcare Cadillac thinks comfort food has a different definition depending on the time of year and the individual. “In the winter, we […]

Reasons to Love Norconk Farms Asparagus + Healthy Recipes

Bring on the springtime vegetables! Of course, in Northern Michigan, this includes nutrient-packed asparagus. As the harvest season for asparagus quickly approaches, we chat with Harry Norconck of Norconk Farms in Honor—one of the largest providers of asparagus in the area—about the vegetable we’ve all come to know and love. What are the health benefits of asparagus? […]

10 Easy Ways to Sneak Veggies into Every Meal

Low-cost health screenings and wellness activities—think yoga, diabetes education, childbirth classes, strength training and support groups—are provided in the heart of downtown Charlevoix thanks to the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop. The workshop encourages people of all ages to participate in health and wellness activities, such as cooking classes! Amanda Evans, MS, RD, CDE […]

3 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes from Northern Michigan Chefs

Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes, including a healthy cake (yes, it exists) and a sugar-free scone. Plus, a crowd-favorite chocolate cake recipe. Thanks to Munson Healthcare, Shetler’s Family Dairy and Planted Cuisine. Red Grape, Polenta & Olive Oil Cake Chef Laura McCain, RD, and Munson Outpatient Nutritionist loves this rustic Italian-style cake, excerpted […]

How to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays

As a nutritionist, Laura McCain is accustomed to all eyes on her while she strolls the Thanksgiving buffet line. “What is she going to eat?” everyone wonders, as they watch the chef and Munson outpatient nutritionist cruise through the assortment of traditional treats on the table. No, she doesn’t start at the beginning of the table and fill […]