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Patient Meal Service

Guest Trays

Guest trays are available to the family and friends of our patients. Guest trays include an entree, two sides, soup or dinner salad, dessert and a beverage. We will accept cash for the purchase upon the delivery of the meal. It is our pleasure to serve you, therefore no tips are accepted. Sorry, you may not apply guest tray charges to your hospital bill.

 

Room Service

Room service delivery of breakfast, lunch or dinner is available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call 4-5802 from a hospital or patient room phone. Your meal will be prepared to order and delivered to your room within 45 minutes.

 

Special Diets

Your physician may prescribe a special diet to help you manage your medical condition during your stay. If you are on a special diet, our nutrition staff will guide you through the appropriate menu choices when you call to order. Menu items for special diets have been adjusted to modify the salt, fat and/or portion size to meet your needs.

 

Visitors should check with care providers before bringing in outside food and beverages to patients. All food and beverage intake is closely monitored and documented to ensure the safety of each patient.

 

Garlic's Back in Black

Created by a special fermentation process, black garlic has several important health benefits, so don't let its appearance scare you. The tiny vegetable packs a mighty punch.

With twice the antioxodants of white garlic, this savory treat helps fight off chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. Black garlic also contains a powerful compound, S-allycysteine, which helps your heart by lowering cholesterol levels and may reduce cancer risk. Allicin is another substance found in black garlic that works with S-allycysteine to assist your body in fighting off infections.

 

Get Cooking

In a simple online search for "black garlic recipes," we found black garlic recommended for everything from cheese dip and stuffed mushrooms to steak and scallops. Although it may be difficult to find in retail stores, black garlic can be ordered online.

 

From the Spring 2012 issue of Your Health Your Hospital.

 

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's... Super Rice?

In the world of healthy food, a new superpower is rising - black rice.

Once called "forbidden rice" because only Chinese noblemen were allowed to eat it, black rice is loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin E. A recent study published in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry documented properties and studies surrounding the latest "super food."

 

Black rice has a strong content of anthocyanin, an antioxidant that protects against heart disease and cancer and is often found in grapes and berries. Zhimin Xu, associate professor at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University, even suggests that black rice has a higher nutritional value than blueberries, due to its low sugar content.

 

The Power to Relieve Pain

The study from the ACS also suggests that black rice may help relieve inflammation related to allergies, asthma, and other conditions. By feeding black rice extract to lab mice, researchers found that the mice experienced reduced inflammation compared to mice not eating black rice. If further studies prove the benefits of black rice, the grain could be used to produce healthier breakfast cereals, cookies, and other foods.

 

When shopping, keep in mind that whole-grain black rice is the healthiest variety of the super food. Black rice can be found at most Asian markets or through online retailers.

 

From the March 2011 issue of Your Health Your Hospital.

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