All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

10 Healthy Trends for 2011

by in Food News, December 27, 2010
Farmers' Market
Farmers' markets and local foods will stay hot for 2011.

The year 2010 brought the rise of gluten-free foods and a strong fight against childhood obesity. What will 2011 bring? Here are some top trends to be on the lookout for.

See our predictions for 2011 »

Scalloped Potatoes, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, December 21, 2010
Scalloped Potatoes Lightened Up
Provencal Potato Gratin

Most classic versions of this all-time favorite potato dish aren’t very figure-friendly, especially with boatloads of heavy cream and mounds of cheese.  There are a few tricks to lighten things up—here’s how.

Scalloped potatoes, lighter »

Spotlight Recipes: Bone-Warming Drinks

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 20, 2010
Low-Fat Eggnog
Low-Fat-Eggnog

Come in from the cold and cozy up to these winter-warming drinks. With 200 calories or less per serving, these soothing bevvies are a guiltless pleasure.

Recipes to try:

Top Holiday Recipes, Lightened Up: Paula’s Rib Roast

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 15, 2010

Paula's Standing Rib Roast

Paula’s Foolproof Standing Rib Roast is a holiday favorite. With only 4 ingredients, there’s not much more to the recipe than tossing this bad boy in the oven.  Making this recipe healthier is also pretty simple.

Get our tips for a lighter main dish »

In Season: Cranberries

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, December 14, 2010
Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

This fall and winter favorite makes a mean sauce, but has so much more potential. Read up on this red gem — it’s one of only three fruits native to the United States.

All about cranberries »

The Food Safety Bill: What It Means For You

by in Food News, Food Safety, December 10, 2010

caution

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that tens of millions of Americans become ill and thousands die from foodborne illnesses each year. With the rapidly increasing rate of foodborne illnesses hitting the United States, something needs to be done. That’s where the new food safety bill comes into play.

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Spotlight Recipes: Vegetarian Pasta Dishes

by in Healthy Recipes, December 8, 2010

whole-wheat pasta

Good old pasta recipes can easily be turned into a vegetarian dishes. Problem is, pile in tons of cheese and large portions of pasta and watch the calories and heart-clogging saturated fat go through the roof (yes, even vegetarian recipes can be unhealthy!). There are ways to lighten up your lasagna and macaroni and cheese but here are a variety of vegetarian pasta dishes that are delicious and figure-friendly.

Recipes to try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Spiced Nuts

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 7, 2010
Toby's Spiced Nuts Recipe
Toby's Spiced Nuts

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

In the midst of all the holiday sweet treats, sometimes you just need something savory to munch on. Making your own spiced nuts is simple and a not-so-expensive holiday gift. Make a double batch and serve some up to guests this holiday season.

Make your own spiced nuts »

Healthy Debate: Is Your Juice Safe?

by in Food News, December 7, 2010

juice

A California-based environmental group found that juice drinks and packaged fruit contained lead above the allowable level. Find out what this advocacy group discovered, and what the FDA is telling consumers. So, should you be worried? We’ll let you decide.

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But I Just Want A Doughnut!?!

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 1, 2010
Mini Banana Beignets
Try two or three mini-doughnuts instead of a full-sized one.

Every year I celebrate Hanukkah by enjoying the infamous holiday doughnut. Yes, I am a registered dietitian who’s telling you that it’s okay to eat a doughnut — can you believe it?! This doesn’t mean you have permission for a free-for-all indulgence, but if you really want a doughnut, go for it! Just use our tips to do it the smart way.

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