Food & Nutrition

Proteins + Veggies + Dietary Fat = Health
Jul03

Proteins + Veggies + Dietary Fat = Health

Jolie Ensign, nutritionist with Habit, recommends that you keep a journal about the foods you eat, not to count calories, but to observe how foods make you feel mentally and physically.

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Durango Farmers Market Open
Jun11

Durango Farmers Market Open

Did you know that the farmers market is open for business in 2020? 2020 Market Season – now until October 31st Saturdays – TBK Bank Parking Lot 8 AM to 12 Noon (9 AM in October) Social distancing plans in place! The Market will be funtioning as a “food chain supplier” or basically, a local out-door grocery store! We will not be focusing on the “community gathering place” environment we normally...

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Durango Farmers Market Open for Business
May08

Durango Farmers Market Open for Business

Durango, Colorado is a community that is tightly woven and significantly strives to better one another and grow as a whole. That is the overall goal of the Durango Farmers Market! The farmers market will be open for business once again starting Saturday, May 9th and will continue until October. The vendors from this market are not only just from Durango, but also the entire region! La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, San Juan CO and San...

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A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation
Apr24

A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation

Good day all! It has been a wonderfully sunny spring this year! With this fantastic weather comes the natural explosion of wide variety of weeds. This makes maintaining gardens and yards a lot more trouble than it needs to be. In this part of Colorado we see a great deal of leafy greens pop up such as Dandelions, Curly/Yellow Dock, Common Mallow, Prickly Lettuce, and so much more. The plants I’ve just listed are known to many...

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Benefits of CBG (Cannabigerol)
Apr24

Benefits of CBG (Cannabigerol)

About CBG Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of more than 120 identified cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant.  It was first discovered in 1964 as a component of hashish. It was later discovered in that CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) is the first cannabinoid formed in plants–cannabis’ first expression.  CBGA is then converted into other cannabinoids, primarily tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), leaving about 1%...

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Manna Soup Kitchen Continues to Provide for our Community during Quarantine
Apr14

Manna Soup Kitchen Continues to Provide for our Community during Quarantine

Each week for the last several years, we have highlighted a “lifestyle” aspect of life in La Plata County. This week, our focus is one of huge importance, especially in these times. Since 1985, locals have worked together to provide meals for those in need at The Manna Soup Kitchen. “The mission of Manna is to provide, in the spirit of faith and love, nourishing meals and supportive services in an atmosphere of acceptance and caring...

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The Magic of Mullein: Cowboy TP & More!
Apr10

The Magic of Mullein: Cowboy TP & More!

To many of us living in this beautiful little corner of Colorado Mullein is a fairly common sight. It can be recognized by its distinct towering rod-like stem that has an incredibly soft feel to its leaves and flowers. It’s no wonder it earned the name back in the old west as Cowboy Toilet Paper. This might come in handy if we keep seeing the toilet paper keep flying off our shelves! Most of the time we pass the plant by,...

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Ward Off COVID-19 by Keeping Your Immune System Strong
Mar13

Ward Off COVID-19 by Keeping Your Immune System Strong

From Harvard Medical School: Your immune system is your body’s defense system. When a harmful invader — like a cold or flu virus, or the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — gets into your body, your immune system mounts an attack. Known as an immune response, this attack is a sequence of events that involves various cells and unfolds over time. Following general health guidelines is the best step you can take toward keeping your...

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7 Ways to Increase Dopamine, Focus, and Energy
Feb20

7 Ways to Increase Dopamine, Focus, and Energy

Photo credit: brainmd.com How to Increase Dopamine Naturally Do you feel like you don’t have enough energy to get through the day? Is it hard to finish things once you’ve started them? Are you easily distracted? Do you find it hard to concentrate? Have you lost your zest for life? If you answered yes to any of these, you may have a deficiency and need to increase dopamine levels. What is Dopamine? Dopamine is one of over one hundred...

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Durango Man Creates Healthy Seed Spread
Nov10

Durango Man Creates Healthy Seed Spread

A Durango man who was looking for a healthy alternative to dairy products for his daily calcium intake couldn’t find what he wanted, so he created his own concoction out of four simple ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Bison and Vegetable Stew
Mar22

Slow Cooker Bison and Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Bison and Vegetable Stew Servings 6-8 Ingredients 2 lbs grass-fed bison cut into 1-inch cubes 1/2 lb carrots chopped 4 stalks celery chopped 1 red onion chopped 1 large Japanese sweet potato chopped into 1-inch cubes 1 bunch organic kale torn into small pieces 2 cloves garlic minced 1 Tbls fresh rosemary 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp black pepper 4 cups beef bone broth Servings: 6 Units: US Imperial Instructions Add all ingredients...

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High Altitude Baking TIP
Feb23

High Altitude Baking TIP

Even those who’ve lived in the Rocky Mountains for years need a reminder how to adjust a baking recipe for HIGH ALTITUDE. Adjustment for 5,000 feet and above: Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon. Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons. Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons. Increase oven temperature by 25 degrees F.   Post courtesy of Jim Wotkyns Blog.  Read more...

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Durango Farmers Market Opens May 12
May04

Durango Farmers Market Opens May 12

Expect more vendors and a greater variety of goods at this year’s Farmers Market.

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HEALTHY LIVING: A Better Breakfast
Apr12

HEALTHY LIVING: A Better Breakfast

In her next two Healthy Living segments, Ashley Lucas puts smarter eating principles into action with simple ideas for meals and snacks. In this installment, learn what kind of breakfast will give you early-morning energy without a sugar crash later in the day.

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HEALTHY LIVING: Healthy Menu Suggestions for Kids
Mar16

HEALTHY LIVING: Healthy Menu Suggestions for Kids

Need some healthy menu tips for picky eaters? Ashley Lucas offers some suggestions in this edition of Healthy Living.

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Drinking alcohol more effective than exercise for living a long life, study finds
Feb22

Drinking alcohol more effective than exercise for living a long life, study finds

IRVINE, Calif. – Drinking alcohol could be more important than exercise when it comes to living a long life, researchers say. Post from wtvr.com The 90+ Study from the University of California, Irvine seeks to find out why people in the fastest growing age group in the United States – the “oldest-olds” – live as long as they do. Those who like to indulge in a moderate of alcohol should also enjoy the findings of neurologist Claudia...

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‘Recovered City Girls’ Plan Three Springs Farmers Market
Feb02

‘Recovered City Girls’ Plan Three Springs Farmers Market

Introducing a new, afternoon farmer’s market in Durango!  They grew up in Los Angeles and upstate New York, but they moved to Durango to start a farm and farmers market. Find out where else you can buy locally grown food this summer.

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Daily turmeric intake boosts memory, uplifts mood: Study
Jan30

Daily turmeric intake boosts memory, uplifts mood: Study

Eating turmeric daily may boost your memory and uplift your mood, a study suggests. Found in turmeric, curcumin has previously been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Post and image from Deccan Chronicle. It also has been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and better cognitive performance....

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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup
Jan26

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup

This Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup is a cold-weather staple! It features simple ingredients that complement each other perfectly and provide a sweet rich flavor with a creamy texture. Simply chop up all of the veggies and let them simmer in a slow cooker. So, it is perfect for making ahead of time in large batches and for enjoying throughout the week. Serves 6. Ingredients: 2 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped 1 butternut...

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Health Benefits of Beets!
Jan19

Health Benefits of Beets!

Beets may not be high on your list of favorite foods, but word about the health benefits of beets and beets nutrition is spreading. A study published in Hypertension journal showed that beet juice is as effective as medications for lowering blood pressure, and (best of all) without negative side effects. Post from Natural Health 365 by Dena Schmidt In fact, drinking beet juice – as part of a nitrate-rich diet – has also been linked...

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