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: 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.

Routt County CSU Extension: High-altitude advice for holiday baking

I received a call last week from a very unhappy home baker. She recently had relocated to Northwest Colorado and made her family’s favorite chocolate cake with miserable results. When she opened the oven, she discovered that it had overflowed the pan, making a mess of her oven and leaving a dense, sunken blob behind.

Routt County CSU Extension: Let’s talk turkey

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Extension office always receives numerous questions about cooking the traditional turkey dinner. People want to know if they should buy a fresh or a frozen turkey. They want to know how big of a turkey to buy and how to thaw, cook and store it. So as we approach the holidays ahead, let’s talk turkey.

CSU Extension: Putting Halloween candy into perspective

As a mother and registered dietitian nutritionist, I always have dreaded Halloween. Children and parents alike look forward to dressing in wacky costumes and scouring the neighborhood and business community for candy. For many children, the tradition of trick-or-treating and bringing home lots of candy is the best part of the Halloween celebration. Parents, however, may not be quite so enthusiastic about the loot collected.