All Posts By Toby Amidor

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Talking to the Experts: Food Label Guru Bonnie Taub-Dix

by in Ask the Experts, Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, March 7, 2011


Want the inside scoop on label reading? We spoke to registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of the new label-decoding book Read It Before You Eat It. Check out her responses to Healthy Eats’ reader questions, and find out the biggest mistakes shoppers make.

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Cook Once, Please Everyone: Breakfast Burrito

by in Healthy Tips, March 3, 2011
Everyone can customize these breakfast burritos, making it a dish the whole family will love!

Breakfast burritos are the perfect family breakfast: They’re nutritious, easy and totally customizable for both picky junior eaters and adults. When I tried this at home, my kids went gaga! Here’s how to make a breakfast burrito spread to please the whole family.

Breakfast burrito how-to »

Rice Pudding, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, February 28, 2011
Rice Pudding
Ellie's Pumpkin Rice Pudding

I was never a rice pudding fan until a few years ago when my middle daughter starting requesting it daily. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with a few variations of this classic to help lighten up the creamy calories while still maintaining its delicious flavor.

See how we lighten up rice pudding »

10 Ways To Eat Less Meat

by in Healthy Tips, February 22, 2011
10 Ways to Cook With Less Meat
Carrot-Ginger Soup With Tofu - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Meat, dairy and high-fat ingredients are often used to add texture and flavor to recipes. Problem is, you might also be adding artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. But eating a plant-based meal doesn’t mean a tasteless one — make these ingredient swaps to create flavorful, filling meals with less (or no) meat and dairy.

10 ways to eat less meat »

Dried Fruit 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, February 19, 2011

ellie krieger's kitchen sink cookies

During the winter, in-season fresh fruits are limited in many parts of the country. Luckily, we can turn to dried fruit with all its nutritional goodness.

Dried fruit, 5 delicious ways »

Healthy Recipe Essentials: Stir-Fry

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, February 15, 2011
Beef Stir Fry
Beef Stir Fry - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

In this new series, we’ll show you a basic healthy cooking technique, then share many ways to mix it up. You’ll get tons of healthy dinner ideas, no recipes needed.

Stir fries are a quick and easy weeknight dinner: They make a well-balanced meal with a bit of protein, tons of veggies and healthy carbs from rice. We’ll run you through the basic steps to get you started, then share a few ideas to liven things.

The basics of stir-fry »

Eating By Color: Red

by in Healthy Tips, February 10, 2011
Eating By Color: Red
Red peppers are one of 9 red fruits and veggies to eat now -- find out the other 8.

Each color contains different nutrients, so a rainbow-colored plate of fruits and veggies is likely a well-rounded, healthy one! In this occasional series, we explain what each color has to offer.  We told you all about orange foods, and this month, in honor of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health month, we’ve got the scoop on red-hued eats.

Learn why you should eat more red foods »

In Season: Passion Fruit

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, Valentine's Day, February 8, 2011
Passion Fruit
Ripe Passion Fruit

Some cultures believe that after eating a passion fruit, you’ll fall in love with the next person your eyes fall upon.  Even if you’re not into folklore, this lovable fruit is worth celebrating during this passionate month.

See why we’re passionate about this fruit »

Brownies, Lightened Up

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, February 7, 2011
Ellie Krieger's Healthy Brownies Recipes
Ellie Krieger's Double Chocolate Brownies

I’m a brownie kind of girl — my friends and family can vouch for me. Luckily, you can lighten up this uber-chocolatey favorite easily. What’s the secret? Read on to find out.

See how we lighten up brownies »

Avocado 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, February 1, 2011
Shrimp Tacos With Avocado Salsa Verde
Shrimp Tacos With Avocado Salsa Verde

This fruit (yep, it’s a fruit!) is packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium, but these babies are also heavy on good-f0r-you monounsaturated fat. To make them a part of a healthy diet, consume in reasonable portions — about one-fifth an avocado contains 50 calories. Here are 5 delicious and portion-friendly ways to make them part of your day, for the big game this Sunday or anytime.

Avocado 5 delicious ways »