All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

Beware of These 5 Eco-Friendly Fast-Food Meals

by in Dining Out, April 22, 2015

Fast-food establishments touting eco-friendly fare have been soaring in popularity. It’s a misconception that all meals created with more-sustainable options are healthy — the nutrition still matters. Here are five meals offered by popular fast-food joints around the country that are anything but healthy, each followed by a menu choice that’s a better bet. Read more

5 Healthy Ways to Use Canned Tomatoes

by in Healthy Recipes, April 21, 2015

Tomatoes that are processed into canned goodies contain higher amounts of an antioxidant compared with their fresh counterpart. This antioxidant, called lycopene, has been shown to help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and macular degeneration — a disease that causes blindness as you age. Cook these five canned tomato recipes so you can get a healthy dose of lycopene. Read more

Cooked Versus Raw: Some Veggies Like the Heat

by in Healthy Tips, April 15, 2015

Talk to raw-food advocates and they’ll insist that food is most nutritious if it never hits temperatures above 116 degrees. However, the theory that vegetables are healthier raw isn’t always true. The nutrients in some vegetables — including the five mentioned below — become more bioavailable, or readily available for your body to absorb, once they’re cooked. Read more

6 Surprising Ways to Use Kefir

by in Healthy Tips, April 14, 2015

Pronounced “keh-FEAR”, this fermented milk drink is expanding in the yogurt aisle. It has vitamins A and D and calcium in amounts comparable to those in milk, making it a good way to help get your daily recommended servings of dairy. Kefir is brimming with gut-friendly bacteria, which help keep your intestines happy. It’s versatile in the kitchen and can be enjoyed in a variety of everyday recipes. Try it these seven ways. Read more

Healthiest Fast Food Breakfasts

by in Dining Out, April 13, 2015

With many Americans eating breakfast on-the-go, fast food joints have been increasing their offerings. You can now find healthy options at almost every menu. Here are five choices for fewer than 4oo calories each. Read more

Don’t Be Fooled by These Seemingly Healthy Restaurant Items

by in Dining Out, April 1, 2015

By Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

If you’re trying to eat healthy when dining out, you may be ordering deceptively unhealthy dishes. Next time you head to one of these chains, avoid being fooled by five top menu items. Read more

The Latest Hot Crop: Sorghum

by in Healthy Tips, March 29, 2015

This gluten-free whole grain has been gaining popularity. But did you know that worldwide only about 50 percent of sorghum is used as food for humans? That’s a shame, since sorghum has so many nutritional benefits. Here’s more information about this whole grain, and ways you can try it at home. Read more

Order This, Not That: Fast-Food Mexican

by in Dining Out, March 25, 2015

There are many healthy choices you can make when ordering Mexican fare. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of unhealthy choices you could potentially make too. Here are top picks for popular Mexican hot spots, as well as those options you should skip.

 

Chipotle

Order This:

Choose a burrito bowl with 1 serving of protein (chicken and steak have the least sodium), brown rice and tomato salsa, and opt for the healthy fat of guacamole.

Nutrition Info: 630 calories; 36 grams fat; 6.5 grams saturated fat; 38.5 grams protein; 45 grams carbohydrates; 1,060 milligrams sodium

Not This:

Be wary of what you put into your burrito. Adding all three high-fat toppers — guacamole, sour cream and cheese — can add a whopping 345 calories to your base items (flour tortilla, rice, beans, 1 protein choice). This can make the calorie count skyrocket to over 1,200 per burrito.

Nutrition Info (burrito with all add-ons): 1,275 calories; 65.5 grams fat; 19 grams saturated fat; 53.5 grams protein; 120 grams carbohydrates; 2,910 milligrams sodium Read more

Last Chance for Winter Casseroles

by in Healthy Recipes, March 14, 2015

There’s nothing better than cozying up to a delicious casserole. And because casseroles use only one dish, there’s minimal cleanup. Here are five lighter casseroles to cook up before spring weather arrives. Read more

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