All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

Talking To The Experts: Child Nutrition Guru Melissa Halas-Liang

by in Ask the Experts, Back to School, September 3, 2010
Melissa Liang and her "Super Crew"
Melissa Halas-Liang and her "Super Crew"

In the back-to-school spirit, we’re talking to kid-focused nutrition expert and creator of the nutrition-promoting animated “Super Crew®” Melissa Halas-Liang. She gets down and dirty about childhood obesity, the Child Nutrition Bill and common misconceptions parents have about feeding their kids.

Get Melissa’s child nutrition tips »

6 “Healthy” Kids Snacks That Aren’t

by in Back to School, Healthy Tips, September 1, 2010

fruit snacks

Feeding your kids can get confusing. Between pushy food marketing and bewildering labels, it’s no wonder that most folks are misled as to which kids snacks are really healthy. Here’s the real deal on what you’ve been buying.

6 snacks to avoid, and healthy alternatives »

Healthy Travels: Day Trips

by in Healthy Tips, Kid-Friendly, August 27, 2010
Hummus
A hummus-filled pita is a filling, portable snack for a day trip.

My husband and I love taking day trips with our kids ages eight, five and three. The zoo, museum, farm, hikes, trips New York City’s Central Park — these are just some of the day adventures we take. Of course once we’ve managed to drive about 15 minutes, someone’s complaining that they’re hungry. Instead of losing my sanity, here are some of my tips to keep my little ones happy, satisfied, and most importantly, quiet.

Get our day trip planning tips

Reading List: Water & Weight Loss, Dining in the Dark and Diet Soda Risks

by in Food News, August 27, 2010

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In this week’s nutrition news: The unique experience of dining in the dark, diet soda linked to pre-mature delivery and meet the woman who inspired Michael Pollan.

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The Egg Crisis: What You Need to Know

by in Food News, August 27, 2010

eggs

As of this week, half a billion eggs were recalled, making this the biggest egg recall in recent history. Three hundred salmonella-related illnesses have been reported around the country. But don’t panic — we’ve got the facts! Here’s what you need to know about salmonella, plus egg-handling tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Learn more about the recall »

In Season: Bell Peppers

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, August 26, 2010
Roasted Peppers Roasted Peppers – Photo by Antonis Achilleos/Food Network Magazine

My kids love chomping on crunchy slices of these sweet, mild peppers. Who am I to complain, when one cup has more vitamin C than an orange? Here are some more reasons to grab these babies while they’re at their peak.

More pepper facts, plus pepper-filled recipes »

Reading List: The Gluten-Free Hype, Massive Egg Recall and Heart-Healthy Chocolate

by in Food News, August 20, 2010

eggs

In this week’s nutrition news: Rare heirloom veggies up for auction, gulf seafood finally being thoroughly tested and the should you start a gluten-free diet?

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Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, Tomatoes, August 19, 2010

tomato sauce

We’re celebrating tomatoes this week on Healthy Eats, so we’re cooking up a classic.  We’ve taste tested the jarred stuff, but nothing beats a homemade batch of tomato sauce loaded with vitamins C and A, potassium and the antioxidant lycopene. With tomato season in full swing, don’t let extra tomatoes go to waste!

Get our favorite tomato sauce recipes »

Spotlight Recipes: Gazpacho

by in Healthy Recipes, Tomatoes, August 18, 2010

watermelon gazpacho

Enjoy a refreshingly cool (and super-healthy) soup this summer. Make tomato gazpacho in honor of our in-season tomato celebration, or switch it up and use watermelon, red peppers or even grapes.

Get the recipes »

Canned Tomatoes: Good or Bad?

by in Food Safety, Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, August 17, 2010

tomatoes

We’re celebrating fresh tomatoes this week, but we can’t forget about that standby substitute: canned tomatoes. Many of our readers have expressed concern over using canned goods, including  BPA risks, nutritional value and of course, food safety. So, how safe is this pantry staple? We’ve got the scoop.

Get the lowdown on canned tomatoes »