All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

Top Recipes, Lightened Up: Alton’s Fried Chicken

by in Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, May 25, 2011
Fried Chicken
Lighten up Alton's best-ever fried chicken with a few easy fixes.

When I taught at a culinary school, the chef’s motto was “fat equals flavor.” Unfortunately, the wrong kinds of fat can also means a bigger waistline along with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Save the real deal for a once-in-a-while treat and try some slimming ways to cook up Alton’s famous chicken for your Memorial Day picnic, or anytime.

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Summer Picnic Menu

by in Food Safety, Healthy Recipes, May 25, 2011
Picnic Menu
Host a safe and healthy summer picnic with our best recipes and tips.

Divide and conquer at your next potluck picnic with these delicious and nutritious dishes. Don’t forget that warmer weather also increases the risk of food spoilage, so be sure to keep your food safe by following our simple tips.

Get our healthy picnic picks »

Burgers 5 Healthy Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, May 23, 2011
Portobello Burger
Swap the beef for this hearty marinated and grilled portobello burger.

Grilling season officially kicks off this weekend — celebrate by firing up the grill for some burgers!  Traditional beef burgers are delicious, but we’ve got 5 creative (and healthy) spins on this summer classic that you’ll love.

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In Season: Arugula

by in In Season, May 19, 2011
In Season: Arugula
Chicken Piccata With Arugula

This leafy green is part of the cabbage family. Sure you’ve had it in a salad, but there is more to learn  about this spicy green, plus lots of creative ways to prepare it.

All about arugula »

5 Reasons You’re Eating More Than You Think

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, May 18, 2011
Portion Control
Even healthy foods need portion control; an ideal serving of protein is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards.

A new study found that a only a measly 9 percent of Americans can accurately track daily calories.  That’s a shame, since statistics show people who track calories lose twice as much weight as those who don’t.

That’s because if you don’t track calories, you’re likely eating more than you think. My clients are always saying, “I don’t eat very much, so why am I gaining weight?” After some digging and investigating, they often find the calories are actually stacking up. Here are some reasons why, and how to kick these nasty habits.

5 ways to cut calories »

Better Together: Power Food Combinations

by in Healthy Tips, May 17, 2011
Spinach and Bacon Quiche
Eggs and cheese: (nutritionally) better together.

Some foods just taste great together, like milk and cookies. But others pairs actually work together to help your body get the most nutrition bang for its buck. Here are 5 of the most powerful food combos.

Eat it together: 5 power food combos »

The Top 5 Foodborne Illnesses, and How To Avoid Them

by in Food News, Food Safety, May 13, 2011
Poultry is a top cause of foodborne illness -- here's how to handle it properly.
Poultry is a top cause of foodborne illness; wash your cutting boards and knives with soap and water before cutting up vegetables or ready-to-eat foods.

What’s really lurking in the food you eat? These days, lots of things. A newly-released study from the University of Florida found that the 14 most common food microorganisms kill more than 1,300 people each year and cost more than $14 million in health care dollars. Let’s stop these bad boys from making us sick (and costing us a fortune) — read up on the top 5 and what you can do to stop them.

The top 5 foodborne illnesses and how to stop them »

Herb of the Month: Mint

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, May 9, 2011
Mint Julep Sorbet
Mint Julep Sorbet

In this new series, we’re exploring new ideas using our favorite herbs. Many folks buy or grow fresh herbs but aren’t sure what to do with them.  Mint pairs well with spring veggies and sprouts up all over in the spring, so we picked this versatile herb for our first month.

What to do with mint »

Healthy Recipe Essentials: Frittata

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, May 4, 2011
Healthy Potato and Egg Frittata
Potato and Zucchini Frittata

Make an extra-special egg dish for breakfast or brunch that kids and adults will love. Once you get the hang of the basic recipe, you can use whatever ingredients are in season (or in your fridge.)  It’s all about learning the simple technique — here’s how you do it the healthy way.

Frittata recipe essentials »

Why We Love Strawberries

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, May 4, 2011
Strawberry and Fava Bean Salad
Strawberry and Fava Bean Salad - Image Courtesy the California Strawberry Commission

Strawberries are delicious, juicy and in season now! These nutrient-packed red gems are one of our favorites — here’s why.

See why we love strawberries »