Routt County CSU Extension

This monthly column about health issues publishes on Mondays in the Steamboat Today.

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Routt County CSU Extension: Calorie labeling, coming to a menu near you

Valuable calorie information now is going to be available nationwide at a restaurant near you. New calorie labeling requirements were announced last month that will make calorie content in eating establishments easier to find. As part of the Affordable Care Act, some restaurants will be required to clearly post the calorie information for items on their menus, including alcohol.

Routt County CSU Extension: Food costs add up

Mountain living is expensive. That is the reality that we all face when we search for housing, fill our gas tank or shop for food. While I have always considered the beauty and lifestyle that we enjoy in our remote community as a form of “psychological income," it’s not the type of income that puts food on the table.

An apple a day…and make it a Granny Smith

For me, biting into a Granny Smith apple is like running into an old boyfriend, unpleasant at first, then achingly familiar and eventually pleasant.

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Routt County CSU Extension: Cook it in cast iron

I love sorting through kitchen gadgets at garage sales. As I rummage through boxes filled with mismatched pots and lids, what I am really looking for is cast iron. There is nothing better than a well-used cast-iron skillet or griddle for home cooking, and you never can have too many of them.

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Routt County CSU Extension: It’s about the whole diet, and not the occasional treat

How many calories are there in a funnel cake? I found myself wondering about this and many other nutrition questions while exploring the food vendors at this year’s Routt County Fair. I received a few nervous looks from those that know that I am a registered dietitian nutritionist, when they passed me carrying a dinner-sized plate of sugar covered, deep fried dough.

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Routt County CSU Extension: Home canning with confidence

It’s that time of the year when home canners call the Extension office for food preservation advice.

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CSU president meeting with Routt County commissioners, alumni

Colorado State University President Dr. Tony Frank is in Steamboat to meet with alumni and Routt County commissioners as part of his annual summer listening tour, covering topics such as University Extension and 4-H youth programs.

Routt County Commissioner Steve Ivancie: 'This ends up being a very expensive lesson'

Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan said he wanted to hear more about the newspaper’s motives in filing for the autopsy report to be unsealed under the Colorado Open Records Act.

Routt County CSU Extension: Summer grilling: Let's keep it safe

As the weather gets nicer, there’s nothing better than cranking up the grill for a casual get-together with friends or an easy meal after a long day at work. Whether you are using a campfire, gas or charcoal grill, cooking outdoors can get you out of that hot kitchen and enjoying the summer.

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Haslem's life in Colorado devoted to public service, with a touch of BS

Sam Haslem's business card reads simply: “My Card. I am somewhat of a (BS’er) myself, but occasionally I like to listen to a PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE CARRY ON!”

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Routt County CSU Extension: The most important nutrition lessons, I learned from my mom

I love food. It is with food that we can express our love, our culture and our creativity. We comfort one another with food, celebrate special occasions with food and share memories with food. Food

Routt County CSU Extension: Eggs are a healthy choice

I love hard-boiled eggs, but the only time I think of making them is around Easter time. A bowl of hard-cooked eggs can be an easy and healthy part of any meal.

Routt County CSU Extension: Food is best when it's shared

Mealtime provides an opportunity to talk, listen and build relationships, but it’s also when the healthiest foods are consumed. Research shows that shared meals promote eating more vegetables, fruits and fiber, as well as fewer fried foods.

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Routt County CSU Extension: Dust off that slow cooker

While there may be plenty of quick and convenient options for dinner, hastily prepared food or grab-and-go meals are often are less nutritious and more expensive than planned, home-prepared meals.

Routt County CSU Extension: Make a DASH for healthy eating in 2014

At this time of the year, I am frequently asked for dietary advice as people strive to make the coming year the healthiest ever. While I am reluctant to recommend a one-size-fits-all diet, I do have a recommendation for those of you who want to eat healthier in 2014 — the DASH Eating Plan.

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