All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

For Hanukkah, A Healthy, Delicious Family Feast

by in Healthy Holidays, December 18, 2014

The holiday of lights typically becomes a fried-food extravaganza. But this doesn’t have to happen in your house! Create a lighter (and just as delicious) menu with these holiday recipes.

The traditional Hanukkah dishes here are latkes and jelly-filled doughnuts; for the rest of the menu you have carte blanche. I like to serve a simple, balanced meal that includes creative versions of staple Hanukkah dishes. To keep things festive, our Hanukkah meal gets kicked off with mulled wine from Ina Garten. Cheers!

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Cheers! Here’s to Healthier Cocktails for the Holidays

by in Healthy Holidays, December 16, 2014

Cocktails
It’s holiday time, and chances are, cocktails are flowing. If you’re not careful, one festive drink can tip the scales at over 400 calories. If you choose to kick back over several, you’ll be gulping more than half your recommended calories for the day (not to mention the bad hangover)! There are ways to slim down your favorite holiday cocktails – here are simple tricks to do so.

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For Hanukkah, Latkes Lightened (Yes, It’s Possible!)

by in Healthy Holidays, December 15, 2014

Happy Hanukkah
Latkes, the crispy fried potato pancakes served on Hanukkah (usually with sour cream or applesauce) are not exactly easy on the waistline. Eating them for the eight days of the holiday might not be the best idea. Instead, get creative with your and cook them in a healthier way. Here are three latke recipes to enjoy.

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Got Leftovers? Try These Creative Day-After-Thanksgiving Recipes

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014

Cranberry Muffins
There always seems to be a random selection of leftovers the day after the big feast. Use your Thanksgiving leftovers to create scrumptious new dishes that will wow family and friends.
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5 Thanksgiving Breakfasts Everyone Will Love

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Breakfasts
Although you may be busy thinking about cooking for the big feast, everyone still needs to eat a nutritious breakfast on Thanksgiving. It’s a no-brainer that the meal should be quick and easy, but there’s a secret if you’re trying to avoid belly rumbling before dinner. Protein, healthy fat and whole grains take longer for the body to work on, making you feel fuller longer. Choose a Thanksgiving Day breakfast with one or all of these nutrients to help keep your guests satisfied and help avoid some of the groveling that happens before dinner is served.

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5 Healthy New Finds For You and Your Kids

by in Grocery Shopping, November 20, 2014

Nourish Snacks
We scoured this year’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo to find the best new healthy snacks, products and foods about to hit store shelves. Here are our top-five choices. Read more

5 Smoothies to Kick-Start Your Day

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, October 31, 2014

Smoothie
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. Read more

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

by in Halloween, Healthy Holidays, October 27, 2014

Halloween Lights
It’s Halloween and the candy aisle is the popular spot. According to The Nielsen 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 out of Halloween by banning beloved sweets, but some choices are better than others. Read more

Another Reason to Pass on Artificial Sweeteners

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, October 21, 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 or blue packet of the artificial stuff for something more natural.

A recent study published in the journal Nature found that folks who were given saccharin (a type of artificial sweetener) over a week developed glucose intolerance, a condition that can lead to diabetes. Additionally, researchers also analyzed close to 400 people and found that the gut bacteria of those who used artificial sweeteners were really different from folks who did not use the fake stuff. The study concluded that more research should be done to really determine the safety of these calorie-free sugar alternatives.
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5 Healthy Muffins (Yes, It’s Possible!)

by in Healthy Recipes, October 4, 2014

Healthy Carrot Muffins
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 planning and a good recipe, muffins can also bring together highly nutritious ingredients like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Here are five healthy muffin recipes to fuel your mornings throughout the fall. Read more

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