All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

5 Tropical-Cocktail Calorie Bombs to Avoid This Summer

by in Healthy Recipes, June 16, 2015

Sipping cocktails may seem like a good way to relax and cool off during the blistering heat, but many restaurants’ mixed drinks are boiling over with calories and sugar. Some of your favorite cocktails can have as much as 800 calories per drink! Guzzle three cocktails in the course of the day and you can potentially be taking in more than 2,000 of the daily recommended calories from empty-calorie beverages alone. Here are five tropical cocktails that are calorie bombs and that you may want to think twice about ordering. Read more

How to Make a Healthier Burger

by in Healthy Tips, June 10, 2015

It’s time to fire up your grill and get ready to make everyone’s favorite cookout food: burgers. Although burgers have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and high in calories, it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these tips to help build better-for-you burgers all summer long! Read more

How to Build a Healthier Pasta Salad

by in Healthy Tips, May 28, 2015

One of the most-popular sides during barbecue season is pasta salad. Gobs of mayo or glugs of oils, however, can turn those options into about 400 calories and 500 calories per one-quarter cup, respectively, easily sabotaging any pasta salad. Here are five simple steps you can follow to make a perfectly healthy pasta salad. Read more

Taste Test: Healthy Salad Dressings

by in Taste Test, May 24, 2015

Many salad dressings have added sugar (yes, sugar!) and lots of sodium. Although many tend to have preservatives, some dressings contain fewer. If you like the convenience of bottled salad dressings, make sure you’re choosing the healthiest option. Here’s a rundown of better-for-you best bets. Read more

10 Healthy Ways to Use Kale

by in Healthy Recipes, May 23, 2015

This member of the cabbage family is now in season. Besides being delicious, kale is brimming with health benefits. Studies have found that veggies in the cabbage family like kale can help reduce the risk of cancer. Kale also contains the plant chemical lutein, an antioxidant linked to healthy eyes. So get down to the market and pick up a bunch – here are 10 ways to use it. Read more

Order This, Not That: Burgers

by in Dining Out, May 21, 2015

One of America’s favorite quick bites is a burger. There’s a difference, however, between a well-portioned burger and an oversize gut-buster topped with the works. Find out which burger you should be ordering and which to skip on your next visit to these popular burger joints. Read more

Can You Eat Your Way to a Younger You?

by in Cookbooks, May 18, 2015

 

Looking for the fountain of youth? According to nutritionist Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN, you can eat your way to becoming more vibrant and energized, and look and feel younger. Healthy Eats spoke with Zied, the author of the book Younger Next Week, who discussed how you can turn back the clock in just seven days.

Healthy Eats: As a dietitian who has counseled clients about weight loss and healthy eating, what prompted you to write your book Younger Next Week: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days?

Elisa Zied: Younger Next Week is an outgrowth of my experience as an overweight teen, always trying to fit into a tight pair of jeans and to reach that so-called “ideal” weight; as a woman who finally achieved a healthier weight and lifestyle that I’ve maintained well into my 40s; and as a registered dietitian nutritionist who has worked with women for more than a decade — and who continues to educate, inform and (hopefully) inspire women to make sound, science-based and realistic changes in their eating, fitness and lifestyle habits. The book emerged from the “post-traumatic 40 disorder” my friends and I started to suffer from because of the stress caused by things like health challenges, work challenges, relationship problems, caring for children or older parents. As a result, many of us looked and felt depleted emotionally and physically. I wrote Younger Next Week to empower women to give themselves permission to care for and nurture themselves by eating and sleeping better, fitting in fitness, [and] finding positive ways to cope with and manage stress. That, in turn, helps them look and feel their absolute best no matter what their age. Read more

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