Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Congratulations, Colorado: Red Robin boasts the country's "single unhealthiest" meal

    Colorado may be known for healthy residents who run marathons and climb mountains in their spare time. But there are still plenty of places in this state that cater to gluttons, including twenty locations of the Denver-based Red Robin, which serves the "single unhealthiest" meal in the country, acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Boulder Farmers' Market delivers a lesson in tasty, healthy school lunches

    There's a large bus with peeling white paint parked at one end of 13th Street for the Boulder Farmers' Market Saturday; it's part of Boulder County's School Food Project. The school lunch program has been being revamped since chef Ann Cooper was brought on board to shake things up five years ago -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Learning how to be vegetarian without being a jerk about it

    Many times in my life, others have assumed I was a vegetarian. At a work function or a family dinner, someone would attempt to pass me some kind of animal product, only to pull back the offering abruptly and say, "Oh, I forgot. You're vegetarian." But I'm not a vegetarian -- never have been -- and u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Reader: I don't believe that Highlands Ranch residents will flock to eat healthy at LYFE

    LYFE Kitchen -- the acronym stands for "Love Your Food Everyday" -- is a national chain that opened its first store last year in Chicago, but plans to add 250 locations across the country over the next five years. One of them will be in Park Meadows Mall, where a LYFE Kitchen is taking over the spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Nooch Vegan Market reopens in new space in Baker

    Nooch Vegan Market, the vegan store owned and operated by Joshua LaBure and Vanessa Gochnour since August 2012, left its original home in RiNo last month and is reopening today in the Baker neighborhood, at 10 East Ellsworth Avenue. With twice the space they had at their original store, Labure and G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    After nearly six years as exec chef of WaterCourse Foods, Rachel Kesley gets the boot

    "I like a good impromptu dance party," Rachel Kesley acknowledged last year, when I asked her to reveal something about herself that most people weren't aware of. And after getting the boot last week from WaterCourse Foods, the venerable vegetarian restaurant in Uptown, whose kitchen Kesley spearhea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Why Native Foods Cafe is the Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Denver

    As the longtime author of Veggie Girl, I ate a lot of green on my way to helping choose the winner of Best Vegetarian Restaurant for the Best of Denver 2014. And there was a lot of discussion over our ultimate choice: Native Foods Cafe, which came to Glendale last year. Denver is lucky to have some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls for a seasonal dessert-for-breakfast on Meatless Monday

    We're not going to pretend that cinnamon rolls are ever good for you -- but when you substitute for egg and whole-milk dairy and add a little bit of pumpkin, you shouldn't feel quite so guilty about eating one or two. This all-vegan version is a tad labor-intensive but pretty easy, especially for in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Build your own Tokyo Joe's bowl for a made-to-order, veggie special

    There are 26 Tokyo Joe's location in Colorado -- a state that may pump out more fast-casual chain stores per capita than any other (see: Chipotle, Garbanzo, Qdoba, Smashburger, etc.). Although the menu includes a vegetarian sushi roll that's not bad (it has cream cheese, which is bad news for vegans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

    Proponents of a raw diet say that raw foods are higher in vital enzymes -- but it doesn't take a scientist to tell you that raw vegetables are good for you. This recipe (adapted from Eat Raw, Eat Well) is vegan, gluten-free and totally raw except for the sunflower seeds in the pesto, but you can use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Vegan applesauce muffins for a breakfast favorite on Meatless Monday

    My grandmother made some of the best comfort food I've ever tasted -- and these homemade applesauce muffins are one of my favorites. I loved rolling out of bed at her house to the smell of fresh-baked muffins ready to be dipped in butter, cinnamon and sugar, and scarfed in preparation for the day. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Five ways to really piss off vegetarians, starting with Red Robin's veggie burger ad

    That Red Robin commercial hawking veggie burgers really got some vegetarians' carrots in a boil. The ad starts with a mention of the meatless burger, followed by an actress saying, "We even have a garden burger just in case your teenage daughter is going through a phase." This was probably meant to ... More >>

  • Music

    June 27, 2013



  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Trainer Tarrah Lee on clean eating and being up for Women's Health's Next Fitness Star

    Overweight for most of her life, local trainer Tarrah Lee received a heartbreaking wake-up call when her father passed away from a heart attack. At 25, Lee herself was looking down at a lifetime of unhealthy eating, and the life event moved her to make a serious change. Now a personal trainer and ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    The five best vegetarian/vegan dishes in Denver

    Denver's a great town for vegetarians and vegans, as the Best of Denver 2013 attests. In that issue, you'll find accolades for Best Vegetarian Green Chile and Best Vegan Market, as well as many more green categories. But if you're looking for the best plant-based dishes in the city, look no further ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Door 86 vegan cheese is packaged paradise

    Although there are many good meat replacements on the market, a decent dairy-free cheese can be tough to come by -- and you can forget about a cheese memorable enough to pair with a glass of wine. Daphne Medina, creator of Door 86 Vegan Cheese, to the rescue. She's accomplishd the impossible, as tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Can Qdoba rescue brown rice -- from itself?

    The term "flavor profile" isn't usually heard in reference to brown rice -- unless "tastes an awful lot like water-logged wood chips" is considered a valid flavor descriptor. But Qdoba, the runner-up of Colorado's homegrown, fast-casual Mexican chains, is introducing seasoned brown rice as an option ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Fresh Takes Kitchen brings healthy, affordable meals to the community

    It's one thing to know that you should be eating healthier, and another to have the time and money to prepare healthy meals. Saloni Doshi and Chelsea Katz, co-founders of Fresh Takes Kitchen, are working to make healthy, affordable meals accessible to the community. Their goal is to become a viable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Veggie Girl: The five best things I ate last year

    This past year was a good one for vegan food in Denver, what with the opening of Nooch and the continued success of such events as VegFest and other regular gatherings of herbivores. And I reaped the rewards eating out for Veggie Girl, because local restaurants have really stepped up their game. Her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Tarasco's New Latin Cuisine is hot for veggies, too

    It's not that easy to find vegetarian-friendly (let alone vegan-friendly) Mexican food; between lard in refried beans and chicken stock in the rice or green chile, there's no telling what animal products might be lurking in the foods you order. That's why we just love places like Tarasco's New Latin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Eden is a retreat for plant-eaters and carnivores alike

    The venue formerly known as Swallows has kept its Pride-friendly vibe but polished up the kitchen and the decor as Eden. Chef Ching-yuan Hu has created a weekend brunch spread -- with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options -- that fills the dining room, but the dinner menu is also a testament to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Killer beef is back as one of the five most demonized foods

    Beef is back in the news as the bogeyman who puts you one forkful away from death. To some of us who survived the 1980s, this may sound eerily familiar. It's gotten to the point where there should just be a codified -- and interchangeable -- list of foods that will kill us, so that every week we ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    A pilot program places healthy vending machines in Denver schools

    A few hours after lunch, students across America start to get cranky. Their blood sugar plunges, their eyes glaze over, and their stomachs start to rumble. They find a quick fix in the school's vending machines by gorging themselves on greasy potato chips and sugary sodas. Energy levels skyrocket be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Colorado Children's Campaign says state's children becoming both more hungry and obese

    Dr. Steve Berman (left), Angela Glover Blackwell and Bill Shore discuss childhood hunger.​Colorado's children suffer from two seemingly contradictory food-related health problems: hunger and obesity. That's the word from the Colorado Children's Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy organization focus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Reader: Boulder has outgrown its granola label -- now it's time for Westword to grow up

    ​One reader welcomed the news that Tiffin's has opened in Boulder -- but didn't appreciate this start to Lori Midson's piece on the all-vegetarian Indian joint: Seems that the Boulder granola set may be finally tiring of tofu. At least that's what Justin Patel, co-owner of Tiffin's, an all-ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    The veggie sandwich at Snarf's satisfies our delivery needs

    ​The convenience of a workday lunchtime meal delivery is something taken for granted by many meat eaters; there are dozens of eateries all over the city willing to deliver anything on the menu right to your doorstep. But vegetarians and vegans who'd like a simple sandwich delivered for lunch o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Meet at the Corner Office for the quinoa-and-garbanzo veggie burger

    ​Downtown Denver has its share of cute, modern eateries dishing up sandwiches and salads, but the Corner Office still stands out in the crowd. Its so-hip-it-hurts, yet still playful decor provides the perfect backdrop for beautiful people sipping martinis and nibbling on the food offerings. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Sean Fowler, a Colorado native, feeds the leading Tour de France team

    Sean Fowler​Food trucks have been the signature food trend in Denver for the past year, but across the Atlantic Ocean a Colorado native is mastering an entirely different kind of mobile gastronomy. Sean Fowler, formerly the chef at Cucina Leone and Ranelles, mans a mobile kitchen and cooks tea ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011



  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Reader: What's your beef? Taco Bell bean burritos are great for vegans

    Vegans make a run for Taco Bell bean burritos -- hold the cheese.​An Alabama law firm has a beef with the amount of meat in Taco Bell's tacos, which has set off a stampede of claims, counterclaims and an opportunistic campaign by Mercy for Animals,, which is suggesting that the chain solve its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Taste-testing the brown rice and the Garden Blend at Chipotle: The verdict

    ​When we heard that Chipotle was testing some new items at its location at 371 East Alameda Avenue, we leapt for joy, shouting, "Pride of our city! Purveyor of aggressively decent burritos all across our land! Expanding its menu! Huzzah!" Then we found out what those items were: a new "Garden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    "Renegade Lunch Lady" Ann Cooper bellies up to the salad bar

    ​ Ann Cooper is a busy lunch lady -- even if she's not the hairnet-wearing stereotype, standing behind the hot-lunch line plopping down scoops of canned green beans and powdered mashed potatoes. In fact, she's been trying for years to make sure those green beans are fresh (even local!) and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Terry Nichols is going to have to stick with prison gruel

    Gruel it is for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.​Terry Nichols has lost his drawn-out plea for more wholesome prison fare. Last Thursday, Colorado U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello dismissed the convicted Oklahoma City bomber conspirator's claims that he needs a diet of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Rudi's buns win more than a passing glance from Good Housekeeping

    ​Good Housekeeping has been keeping an eye on a lot of buns lately. The ladies' magazine recently voted Boulder-based Rudi's Organic Bakery's buns the hottest of them all. Rudi's buns won out over the likes of Sara Lee and Pepperidge Farm buns in a taste test comparing eight brands of whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Congressman Jared Polis wants kids to have healthy lunch options

    No Lunchables would be found in this congressman's childhood lunchbox.​No tater tots or fruit cocktail were harmed in the upbringing of Congressman Jared Polis. No Cheetos or Little Debbie snack cakes either for that matter. In fact, Colorado's second district congressman says he brought hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Nutrition guru can't stomach own Power Meal

    Gary Null​Irony, thy name is Holistic Medicine If you're a proponent of alternative medicine, make sure you're taking the correct dosage of tree-hugging meds -- or you could end up buried under the big branch. Gary Null, a nutrition author and self-described health guru with his own line o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    A taste of the Tasting Cafe

    Ellen JaskolHow do you make kids happy with healthy food? Ask Mary Meitus.​Marty Meitus's longtime job as food editor disappeared with the Rocky Mountain News last February. But she's been putting her down-time to very good use: She created a pilot program for the Supplemental Nutrition Progra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Marathon runner wants to help you make strides in the kitchen

    ​You don't have to be a marathon runner to appreciate the relationship between food and your physical well-being. That's the message that Deena Kastor -- Olympic bronze medalist and former Alamosa resident -- plans to share in a cookbook that's not about counting calories and fat content, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Milking It: Kellogg's Low Fat Granola with Raisins

    ​​Low Fat Granola with Raisins Kellogg's Rating: Two-and-a-half spoons out of four Cereal description: What isn't in this stuff? There's whole oats and whole grain wheat, some of it fused together in random wads, like meteorites collecting fragments during the trip through space, other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Parsley

    A few months ago, Adam Cayton-Holland wrote a blog about an organic sandwich and salad place called Parsley that had just opened at 303 West 11th Avenue. I was intrigued not only by a lineup that seemed very vegetarian-friendly (with four vegetarian sandwiches and four salads), but also by the ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Milking It: Chocolate Chex

    Chocolate Chex General Mills Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: The typical Chex construction: square grids with a puff in the middle, like a pillow that would leave a tic-tac-toe pattern on your cheek. Approximately half the cereal, which represents a fusion of rice, corn meal an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Last Night...Oblio Duo, Vitamins, The Pseudo Dates @ Larimer Lounge

    Last Night: Oblio Duo, Vitamins and the Pseudo Dates Thursday, May 1, 2008 Larimer Lounge The Pseudo Dates took to the stage with a good-time vibe that was strangely contagious, so contagious that your goodly, cynical bastard reviewer started to feel the urge to dance. With guitarist Nathan and ba ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007
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    October 30, 2006

    Captain Dan, Energy Man

    The sky continues to be the limit for Captain Energy Dan Mayer (pictured), the energy-drink guru-cum-reviewer-cum-designer whose August profile in Westword can be found here. The Associated Press recently penned a piece about the rise in popularity of energy drinks and their potential danger to youn ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Pour It On

    Dan Mayer is fueled for the energy boom.

  • Dining

    June 23, 2005

    Changing Course

    How I learned to stop worrying and love seitan.

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    Nique and Vitamin D

    Audio Royal (Ninechannel Multimedia)

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    Bite Me

    Kitchen Magician

  • News

    May 15, 1997

    The Big Queasy

    The junk-food guinea pigs of Grand Junction have had some strange gut reactions to olestra.

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