All Posts By Toby Amidor

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5 Smoothies to Kick-Start Your Day

by , October 31st, 2014

Although tossing healthy ingredients into a blender can make a fabulous go-to breakfast, there are common mistakes folks make that can sabotage their morning shake.

  • Fight the urge to add every healthful ingredient into your smoothie. First, it may ...

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The Halloween Candy Aisle: What to Choose and What to Skip

by , October 27th, 2014

Halloween Lights
It’s Halloween and the candy aisle is the popular spot. According to The Nielson Company, Americans spent about $1.9 billion on candy in 2013 – that’s the equivalent of 600 million pounds of candy! We don’t recommend taking the fun o...

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Another Reason to Pass on Artificial Sweeteners

by , October 21st, 2014

Artificial Sweeteners
New research is giving us another reason to question the safety of artificial sweeteners. Researchers concluded that artificial sweeteners may be contributing to diseases like obesity and diabetes. It may be another reason you should swap the pink o...

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5 Healthy Muffins (Yes, It’s Possible!)

by , October 4th, 2014

Muffins have a bad reputation of being very high in calories, fat and sugar. While many store bought muffins carry a hefty amount of calories — typically around 400 or more each, you can easily fit them into a healthy eating plan.With a little plan...

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5 Kitchen Habits to Break (Let’s Get Some Food Safety Up in Here)

by , September 27th, 2014

kitchen towels
We often think those small bad habits in the kitchen are no big deal. But it’s the little things that can lead to food-borne illness. In honor of Food Safety Month (September!), here are five less-than-squeaky-clean practices worth quittin...

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Taste Test: Green Cold-Pressed Juice

by , September 26th, 2014

green juices
The rising popularity of cold-press juices has brought an influx of bottled products to the market. But is there anything specific you should be looking for when you buy? For starters, it helps to know what “cold-pressed” means: Also kn...

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Dipping Into the World of Honey

by , September 25th, 2014

Honey is one of the regulars in my rotation of natural sweeteners. It’s also traditionally eaten during Rosh Hashanah, to symbolize a sweet New Year. But the days of the honey bear as the lone option on market shelves is long gone.

Honey F...

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5 Rosh Hashanah Dishes with a Healthy Side

by , September 22nd, 2014

poached pears
Much of the celebration surrounding the Jewish New Year, which begins Wednesday night, revolves around foods like the traditional apple dipped in honey, to signify a sweet new year. But there’s plenty of more room at the feast.

Pomegranate ...

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Taking the Stress Out of Lunchbox Meals

by , September 6th, 2014

smoked turkey
It’s the time of year when kids head back to the classroom — and parents head back to the kitchen for another year of lunchbox anxiety. But there’s no need for packable meals to inspire stress. Here are simple lunches worth a spot...

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Time to Embrace a Low-Carb Diet? (Or Not So Fast?)

by , September 3rd, 2014

chocolate muffins
A study out earlier this week has been generating lots of buzz with its finding that study participants on a low-carb diet lost more body weight and reduced their risk of heart disease compared to subjects on a low-fat diet. So should we be saying ...

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