All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

Intermittent Fasting: Good or Bad?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, May 16, 2015

This “fast and feast” style of eating is the new way of dieting. One day you “fast” by limiting food to 500 calories, while the next you “feast” by eating as you normally would. But is this flip-flop lifestyle a healthy way to shed unwanted pounds, or just another fad?

The Intermittent Fasting Trend
Several books about intermittent fasting have recently been released. The Every Other Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off was written by Dr. Krista Varda, an assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois, who began studying the effects of intermittent fasting on mice. Based on her post-doctoral research conducted at the University of California Berkeley, she found that mice ate only 25 percent more on feast days and didn’t compensate for the lack of food provided on fast days.

A second popular book titled The Fast Diet, written by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, uses the same concept, except you can choose which two non-consecutive days each week to fast. This method of intermittent fasting is also known as the 5:2 approach (five days feasting, two days fasting). Read more

5 Creative Spins on Hummus

by in Healthy Recipes, May 15, 2015

I was raised on classic hummus and was thrilled when the chickpea-based spread was embraced in the United States. Over the past few years, however, I’ve seen hummus made from many other creative and healthful ingredients. Here are five delicious recipes that take hummus to the next level. Read more

10 Healthy Salad Dressings

by in Healthy Recipes, May 14, 2015

Spring is the perfect time to use seasonal veggies and fruit to create a delicious salad. However, you need to top them with the perfect vinaigrette. Instead of opting for bottled dressings with a laundry list of additives, you can easily whip up one of these 10 easy dressings with clean ingredients at home. Read more

5 Recipes to Fight Inflammation

by in Healthy Recipes, May 11, 2015

It’s always great to hear about studies that tout the anti-inflammatory benefits of certain foods. Step it up a notch by combining these anti-inflammatory foods into scrumptious dishes. Here are five ways to do so.

Creamy Broccoli Salad
A March 2014 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics examined whether consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may relate to inflammation. Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 1,000 middle-aged Chinese women as part of the Shanghai Women’s Health Study and found those who ate the most cruciferous vegetables had the lowest inflammation compared with women who ate a diet with fewer of these veggies.

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Treat Mom to These 8 Recipes in Bed

by in Healthy Recipes, May 9, 2015

Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day more than waking Mom up with a delicious surprise. Don’t worry, we’ve got those beginner cooks covered (you too, Dad!) with these simple recipes. Read more

Guacamole: Is It Healthy?

by in Is It Healthy?, May 4, 2015

What’s Cinco de Mayo without a delicious bowl of guacamole? Avocados, however, are primarily composed of fat — so should guac still be part of your fiesta? Read more

The Skinny on 6 Popular Diets

by in Diets & Weight Loss, May 3, 2015

Warm weather is setting in, and many folks are hoping to slim down before slipping into their teeny teeny-weeny bikinis. But before giving a popular diet a whirl, find out if it’s right for you.

Mediterranean Diet
This plan is inspired by life in Mediterranean countries surrounded by the ocean. The diet calls for eating fish at least twice a week, consuming minimal red meat, and using lots of fresh herbs and spices. It also emphasizes exercise and the importance of enjoying your meal with the company of family and friends. Here are 15 Mediterranean Diet-inspired recipes you can try.

U.S. News & World Report ranked this diet as No. 3 out of 35 as best overall diet. The recommended foods are healthy and well-balanced. But given that there are numerous versions of the Mediterranean diet, be sure to find one that includes all the food groups and isn’t too restrictive.

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Taste Test: Beyond Tortilla Chips

by in Taste Test, May 2, 2015

With any delicious dip, you must have a tasty chip. In the past several years, an influx of tortilla chip alternatives has hit market shelves. These chips are made with a variety of healthy ingredients and are pretty darn tasty. Here are seven you must try. Read more

Order This, Not That: Pizza

by in Dining Out, April 26, 2015

Pizza is one of the most-popular foods in the country. Eating a slice can help you get your recommended daily amount of at least three food groups: grains, dairy and vegetables. But some pizza-joint options can also be unfriendly to your waistline. A standard plain slice can start at 400 calories — and that’s without any toppings. Here are menu options from popular chains that can sabotage your healthy eating plan, and the better-for-you choices on those same menus. Read more

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