All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

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

5 Healthy Ways to Use Canned Tomatoes

by in Healthy Recipes, April 21, 2015

Tomatoes that are processed into canned goodies contain higher amounts of an antioxidant compared with their fresh counterpart. This antioxidant, called lycopene, has been shown to help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and macular degeneration — a disease that causes blindness as you age. Cook these five canned tomato recipes so you can get a healthy dose of lycopene. Read more

Cooked Versus Raw: Some Veggies Like the Heat

by in Healthy Tips, April 15, 2015

Talk to raw-food advocates and they’ll insist that food is most nutritious if it never hits temperatures above 116 degrees. However, the theory that vegetables are healthier raw isn’t always true. The nutrients in some vegetables — including the five mentioned below — become more bioavailable, or readily available for your body to absorb, once they’re cooked. Read more

6 Surprising Ways to Use Kefir

by in Healthy Tips, April 14, 2015

Pronounced “keh-FEAR”, this fermented milk drink is expanding in the yogurt aisle. It has vitamins A and D and calcium in amounts comparable to those in milk, making it a good way to help get your daily recommended servings of dairy. Kefir is brimming with gut-friendly bacteria, which help keep your intestines happy. It’s versatile in the kitchen and can be enjoyed in a variety of everyday recipes. Try it these seven ways. Read more

Healthiest Fast Food Breakfasts

by in Dining Out, April 13, 2015

With many Americans eating breakfast on-the-go, fast food joints have been increasing their offerings. You can now find healthy options at almost every menu. Here are five choices for fewer than 4oo calories each. Read more

Don’t Be Fooled by These Seemingly Healthy Restaurant Items

by in Dining Out, April 1, 2015

By Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

If you’re trying to eat healthy when dining out, you may be ordering deceptively unhealthy dishes. Next time you head to one of these chains, avoid being fooled by five top menu items. Read more