Posted on October 21, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Local food expert finds the best grocery store deals
It's apple season, and there's nothing like a piece of warm apple pie on a cool autumn evening. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN. Click on the pic for a quick and fail-safe apple pie recipe.
By Tom Castrigno
The leaves have fallen and only the hardiest mountain birds remain behind for the next 6 months. No doubt they have food stashes to help them through. It is a quiet time of year that lends itself to stocking up the larder, just as our avian friends have done …
Try a cauliflower mash for a nutritious and low-carb vegetable side dish.
This week’s prime pick is cauliflower, on sale for $.99 per pound at City Market. It makes a great side dish steamed, or you can go one step farther and whip it with a bit of butter and sour cream for a change of pace. This oft-ignored veggie comes to life when curried, roasted, or even served with tomato sauce (Muir Glen organic $2.50). Cauliflower and almond soup is low carb and freezes great for a take-along lunch or afternoon snack.
Apples are rolling in and there isn’t a bad one in the bunch. Find golden delicious, braeburn, and granny smith at Uncle John’s farm stand in Frisco. A five-pound bag of gala apples is only $3.99 at City Market and organic Fuji apples are $.99 per pound. Apples are perfect for the lunch box, as a post-workout snack with almond butter, or simply cored and baked. (more…)
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Posted on October 19, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
An amendment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture appropriations bill will ban a proposed limit on starchy vegetables in federally funded school lunches. PHOTO VIA WIKIMEDIA AND THE CREATIVE COMMONS.
Colorado senator blocks USDA rules that would have limited starchy foods in federally funded school lunch programs
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Children everywhere are breathing a deep sigh of relief, after Democratic Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), passed legislation ensuring that school cafeterias will continue to be a safe haven for tater tots for the foreseeable future.
An amendment to the Department of Agriculture appropriations bill co-sponsored by the two lawmakers would prevent the department from implementing new rules aimed at stemming the rising tide of childhood obesity. (more…)
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Posted on May 3, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Will Froot Loops now come in plain brown box?
Set of voluntary nutrition and advertising guidelines up for public comment
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — As childhood obesity becomes an increasingly widespread problem, three federal agencies have teamed up with food manufacturers to develop a set of voluntary advertising and nutritional guidelines that would dramatically change the way snack foods are presented to children 17 or younger. Many of the products currently advertised to kids would not meet the new guidelines.
The guidelines would affect both television advertising as well the increasingly common ads on social media networks like Facebook and MySpace. Basically, the Obama administration, backed by Congress, wants food companies to cut back on aggressively advertising junk food to youngsters. At this point, the agencies have issued a draft proposal outlining several options and wants public feedback.
The upward spiral of obesity rates has slowed in the past few years, but still, nearly one in three American children are overweight, as defined by Center for Disease Control standards. According to the latest figures available (from 2007-2008), 10.4 of U.S. children aged 2 to 5 are obese, 19.6 percent of 6-11 year olds are obese and 18.1 percent of 12-19 year olds are obese. (more…)
Filed under: business, Colorado, federal government, Summit County Colorado, Summit County news | Tagged: Advertising, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Trade Commission, FTC guidelines, health, Junk food, nutrition, Summit County Colorado, Summit County News, Tom Harkin, TV advertising, youth obesity | 2 Comments »
Posted on January 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Detailed nutrition information of fast-food menus doesn't have much effect on consumer choices, according to one study done in King County, Washington.
Researchers suggest simple graphic information on menus showing healthier choices may be more useful to consumers
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Detailed nutrition labeling on fast food menus had no measurable effect on consumer choices at a group of Taco Time restaurants in King County, Washington, according to a study by health researchers from Duke University and the National University of Singapore.
The county, which includes Seattle, enacted mandatory labeling in January 2009 on all restaurant chains with 15 or more locations. The law is aimed at trying curb obesity, seen as a serious public health issue across the country. Restaurants had to disclose calorie information at the point of purchase.
The study showed that purchasing decisions at stores with the nutritional information was identical to stores where the menu boards were unchanged. The total number of sales and average calories per transaction were unaffected by the menu labeling. (more…)
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Posted on December 9, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Ski writer Emily Palm fuels up for a day at Keystone in this week's edition of Steep Shots.
Tips on maintaining your slope stoke all day long
By Emily Palm
Last week before heading up for a day dedicated to Keystone’s Outback, I ate my usual breakfast of multigrain toast and almond butter. Come noon, after a morning of looping through the trees below Outer Limits and skating the flat runout back to the lift on shoddily waxed skis (make sure you really scrape the excess wax off, I did not), I realized my body was cruising to bonk.
Luckily I had one of those Nature Valley Granola Bars they pass out at the base of the ski resorts in my pack (unluckily, it had been there for a couple years and well past the “Enjoy By” date). Usually I try to bring a string cheese stick for a snack, but had forgotten that morning.
This led me to thinking about the optimal pre-ski breakfast, so I consulted my good friend Stefania Kozial, a registered dietician in Denver.
“Your breakfast of almond butter on toast was actually a good start, but maybe it wasn’t enough,” she said, noting that the almond butter contains some good fat and the multigrain toast has complex carbohydrates. Fats take longer for your body to break down, thus providing a longer-term fuel source and the fiber from the toast leaves you feeling fuller longer. She recommended adding some more carbohydrates. (more…)
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Posted on April 25, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado congressman Jared Polis has introduced two House bills aimed at improving school meals and nutrition programs.
More local accountability and oversight needed, along with funding to implement existing nutrition programs
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Congressman Jared Polis is setting his sights making school lunches healthier by jumpstarting local wellness and nutrition programs for students.
Last month, Polis introduced a related measure that aims to improve the safety of school meals and encourage vegetarian alternatives.
The new Nutrition Education and Wellness in Schools Act (would strengthen school districts’ wellness policies and improve nutrition education and promotion in classrooms across the nation.
The measure is a first step aimed at curbing the spiking rates of childhood obesity. In the past 20 years, obesity has tripled in children and youth, setting the stage for a subsequent epidemic of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
“Our schools should be our first defense against childhood obesity and unhealthy nutrition habits, but they need our help,” Polis said. “The potential of schools’ contributions to healthy lifestyles has not been fully realized, and they are failing our children as a result.” (more…)
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