All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

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

5 Slimming Soups

by in Healthy Recipes, March 8, 2015

Dive into a warm bowl of goodness during this bone-chilling weather. With the right combo of healthy ingredients and a low-calorie stock or broth, soup can be a delicious way to get many good-for-you nutrients without packing on the pounds. Here are five slimming soups to choose from. Read more

Dietary Guidelines Update: What Does It Mean for Our Diet?

by in Food News, March 3, 2015

The entire nutrition community has been anxiously awaiting the release of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report (yes, it’s what we do!). The report was finally released last week. Although much of the chatter may seem vague, these recommendations tend to influence what we eat, how food is processed and how governmental policy takes shape. Read more

Talking with Dana Angelo White, Author of First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers

by in Cookbooks, Cooking for Kids, February 23, 2015


Every day we hear about superfoods adults should be eating. But what about our little ones? What are the best foods to be feeding our children during their peak time for growth and development? I had the opportunity to chat with Dana Angelo White, registered dietitian, Healthy Eats contributor and author of the new book First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers.

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Diet 101: The Bulletproof Diet

by in Diets & Weight Loss, February 15, 2015


Are butter and coffee the answer to weight loss? According to Dave Asprey, the creator of the Bulletproof Diet, these two foods along with a laundry list of “bulletproof” foods are how you can shed pounds and reclaim your energy. If you think this diet is different than all the others, you’re sadly mistaken.

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War of the Chocolates

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 12, 2015


Chocolate is the aphrodisiac of choice on Valentine’s Day. But not all varieties of this confection are created equal. Here’s a rundown of the most-lovable options for you and your waistline.

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6 Foods to Try This Year

by in Grocery Shopping, Have You Tried, February 8, 2015


Is eating healthier on your list of New Year’s resolutions? These six foods are on this year’s must-try list because they pack a nutritional punch. Dig into these better-for-you foods and make your 2015 resolution a reality. Read more

Chatting with Marla Heller: Author of the DASH Diet Books

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Food and Nutrition Experts, January 31, 2015


Each year, U.S. News evaluates and ranks 35 diets with input from a panel of health experts. This year, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet snagged the top spot yet again. In order to be top-ranked, the diet must be easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and help protect against heart disease and diabetes. To get the real deal on the DASH Diet, I spoke to Marla Heller, MS, RDN, a New York Times best-selling author of The DASH Diet Action Plan, The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution, The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook and The DASH Diet Younger You.

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