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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.