All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

The Truth About Baby Carrots

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, May 23, 2016

Tiny smooth carrots – which are perfect for snacking and dipping – don’t actually grow that way. Find out how they’re made, and why it’s OK to munch on them.

The History
Baby carrots were invented by a California carrot farmer, Mike Yurosek. In the early 1980s, Yurosek found that many of his carrots were not saleable because they were “ugly” — they weren’t the size or shape that could be sold at the grocery store. Instead of tossing these “ugly” carrots, he used an industrial bean cutter to shape them into what are now called “baby carrots.” The success of baby carrots was overwhelming. By 1987, carrot consumption had increased by 30 percent. Today, baby carrots consist of 70 percent of total carrot sales. Read more

Order This, Not That: Red Lobster

by in Dining Out, May 14, 2016

This chain has been around for as long as I can remember, and it’s still frequented by loyal customers. Find out what you should be ordering the next time you hit up your local Red Lobster.

Appetizers

Order: Signature Shrimp Cocktail (pictured at top)

Shrimp is a very lean protein, and it is pretty low in calories too. It’s a great way to add protein to your diet without saturating it with fat and calories. The sodium is undoubtedly high in this dish, but if you cut back on the sauce, you can cut out much of the sodium.

Per dish: Calories 130; Fat 0 g (Saturated 0 g); Sodium 1,070 mg; Carbohydrate 11 g; Protein 21 g Read more

Taste Test: Vegan Cheese

by in Grocery Shopping, May 3, 2016

In response to the rise in allergies and in demand for nondairy cheeses, numerous vegan cheeses are now widely available. Vegan cheeses can be made from a variety of ingredients, like soy, tapioca, rice and almonds. Find out if these vegan cheeses measure up in flavor and nutrition.

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Order This, Not That: Shake Shack

by in Dining Out, April 28, 2016

This popular burger joint sprouted from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan in order to support the Madison Square Park Conservatory’s first art installation. Customers couldn’t get enough of the cart’s famous Shack Sauce, and the lines were endless. Today, Shake Shack can be found in 15 states within the U.S. and in numerous countries throughout the world. Find out what you should order and what you should skip the next time you’re craving a Shack Burger.

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5 Tips to Spring-Clean Your Kitchen

by in Healthy Tips, April 23, 2016

Spring is in the air, but you’d better make sure your kitchen is ready. With the warm weather comes not only delicious produce, but also the possibility of insects and bacteria that can make you sick. Here are five things you can do to make sure your kitchen is in tiptop shape this spring.

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8 Healthy Desserts for Passover

by in Healthy Recipes, April 18, 2016

During the Jewish holiday of Passover, foods that contain wheat are eliminated from the diet for eight days. That means no bread, pasta or traditional wheat-based cereals. The only exception is matzo, which is made by combining wheat and water. You can almost think about it as a week of (mostly) gluten-free meals. This can become a problem when dealing with dessert, as cakes, cookies and pies are typically made with wheat flour. Several food companies do make packaged desserts that can be eaten during Passover, but they tend to be high in calories and fat. Here are eight guiltless Passover desserts you can whip up at home.

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What to Look For When Buying Meat

by in Grocery Shopping, April 9, 2016

Heading to the market to purchase meat? Before putting anything into your cart, you should always examine it to ensure that it is safe to eat. Here’s what you should be looking for.

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“Should I Scoop Out My Bagel?” and Other Nutrition Myths Debunked

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, April 4, 2016

When I was asked to endorse the book Should I Scoop Out My Bagel? I was hesitant at first. I couldn’t believe that co-authors Ilyse Schapiro, M.S., R.D., CDN, and Hallie Rich could come up with close to 100 nutrition and fitness myths. After reviewing it, I was pleasantly surprised by their answers to all the common nutrition myths I’ve been hearing for years! I recently spoke with Ilyse and Hallie about their newly released book and why there’s so much misinformation about nutrition out there.

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Eggs Are Awesome

by in Healthy Tips, April 2, 2016

Now that the cholesterol recommendation has been dropped from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eggs are back on the menu! Find out what’s so special about eggs and why you should never toss out that golden yolk.

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Instant Foods: Are They Good for You?

by in Healthy Tips, March 30, 2016

In this fast-paced world, we want things quick and easy. Food manufacturers have responded to these needs and over the years have developed foods that are ready in an instant. However, these foods are not healthy for you — or are they? Find out.

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