All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

Preserve It: Saving Spring Produce

by in Healthy Tips, June 23, 2011
Strawberry Thyme Jam
Strawberry-Thyme Jam

Spring may be officially over, but never fear: You can savor the flavors of spring produce year-round! Preserve your goodies with these tips and recipes for freezing, drying, canning and more.

Save strawberries, cherries, peas and more »

Grain Salad 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, June 22, 2011
Ellie's Wheat Berry Salad
Ellie's Wheat Berry Salad

Shake up your summer sides with a new take on a wholesome classic: grain salad. Couscous, quinoa, bulgur, brown rice and wheat berries are just some of the grains widely available in markets. Give these 5 grain-filled recipes a try.

Try 5 new grain salad recipes »

Iced Tea: Cutting The Sugar

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, June 20, 2011
Giada's Earl Grey Iced Tea
Giada's Earl Grey Iced Tea

Celebrate National Iced Tea month this June by stirring up a batch of this summer favorite. We’ll tell you how to sweeten this classic drink without going overboard on sugar.

Enjoy your tea with less sugar »

Taste Test: Frozen Fruit Bars

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, June 16, 2011
Taste Test: Frozen Fruit Bars
The bars from our taste test. Read on to find out which one won out!

One of the best ways to beat the heat is with a frozen treat. But are all frozen fruit bars created equal? Or do they really even contain fruit? Not always — see what we discovered.

Get the frozen fruit bar taste test results »

Top 5 Label Tricks and How To Avoid Them

by in Dining Out, Food News, Healthy Tips, June 15, 2011
Sports Drinks Vs. Soda
Smoothies are better than milkshakes, right? Well, not always -- read on to learn about this and 4 more food naming tricks.

Food labels are carefully worded to entice shoppers to choose certain items. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found dieters often fall for simple labeling tricks that make them believe certain foods are healthier than they are. Find out the top 5 traps people fell into and how to avoid them.

How to beat top food label tricks »

Pasta Salad, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, June 13, 2011
Corn and Pasta Salad With Homemade Ranch Dressing
Corn and Pasta Salad With Homemade Ranch Dressing

Pasta salad is swimming in hidden calories that’ll have you hiding from bathing suit season. Keep your svelte summer shape with these tips to lighten up this summer classic.  Plus, try our collection of Healthy Eats-approved recipes.

See how we lighten up pasta salad »

Healthy Recipe Essentials: Fruit Crisp

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, June 10, 2011
Skillet Granola Apple Crisp
Learn the basic fruit crisp method, then use the recipe year-round!

If you’re a fruit crisp virgin, try baking this dessert classic using fresh seasonal fruit. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get started and some fun combinations to try.

Make a fruit crisp today »

The Dish on the New MyPlate

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Food News, June 3, 2011
MyPlate
The new MyPlate guide. Image courtesy ChooseMyPlate.gov.

In recent years, many have criticized the Food Guide Pyramid. Among the complaints: The guide is too confusing and doesn’t help Americans make better choices. On June 2nd, the USDA released its new shape for healthy eating, and it’s out with the pyramid and in with the plate. Take a peek at the new MyPlate design and get our take on what’s improved and what’s missing.

Get to know the new MyPlate food guide »

Diet Ratings: Good or Bad?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Food News, June 3, 2011

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Consumer Reports recently released its latest diet ratings, with Jenny Craig topping the list. We dug deep to find out how they rated their diets — but based on findings, the real questions is should diet plans be rated at all?

Read more »

Cherries 5 Ways

by in In Season, May 31, 2011
Cherries at Farmers' Market
Fresh Cherries at the Farmers' Market

Cherry season has arrived! These babies are brimming with antioxidants including vitamins A and C, anthocyanin and quercitin. With all these nutrients and an irresistible sweet-sour flavor, it’s no wonder they’re one of our favorite warm-weather fruits. Here are 5 fun ways to enjoy them.

Cherries 5 delicious ways »