All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

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.

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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 »

Reading List: Controversy Over Olive Oil, Cloned Food + Adult Picky Eaters

by in Food News, August 13, 2010

hummus

In this week’s nutrition news: Meatless Monday makeover, study shows label readers eat healthier and Europe faces cloned food controversy.

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Small Steps: 5 Ways To Get More Calcium

by in Healthy Tips, Small Steps, August 11, 2010

ice cream

We’ve told you how to drink more water, fit in more exercise and eat more fruit—this week it’s all about calcium. If you don’t get enough of this important mineral, here are 5 ways to help.

Eat your way to stronger bones – here’s how »

Taste Test: Vanilla Ice Cream

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, August 11, 2010

vanilla ice cream

Who says ice cream can’t be part of a healthy diet? We sampled five popular vanilla ice cream brands to find out which one was the best-tasting, plus our take on each variety’s fine print.

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Make Your Own Popsicles

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, August 10, 2010
Toby's Homemade Strawberry Popsicles
Toby's Homemade Strawberry Popsicles

My kids absolutely love frozen pops. Instead of buying store brands packed with more sugar and high fructose corn syrup than fruit, I make my own using the freshest ingredients. They’re easy and fun for the whole family.

Get our step-by-step how-to, plus combinations to try »

Spotlight Recipes: Granita

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, August 9, 2010
Granita
Giada's Strawberry-Mascarpone Granita

We’re celebrating frozen confections all week long on Healthy Eats. First up: granita! Reminiscent of an Italian ice, granita has less sugar and a harder texture than sorbets. You can easily make your own and flavor it up with coffee, mint, juice and wine along with fruit. The best part? No ice cream maker needed.

Learn how to make granita, plus 7 recipes to try »

Reading List: 12 Dangerous Supplements, Gulf Seafood Safety and Wine-Fed Cows

by in Food News, August 6, 2010

shrimp

In this week’s nutrition news: Healthy foods that can be deadly, Gulf seafood deemed safe to eat and study finds dorm food bad for the waistline.

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Summer Fest: Corn 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, August 4, 2010
Corn
Smoky Corn on the Cob - Photo by Con Poulos/FN Magazine

Each year, when corn season arrives, I take my kids to the local market to pick up some fresh ears. I love watching my kids gobble down what they picked out — our favorite is eating fresh corn straight off the cob. I could give you an earful (pun intended) of ways to prepare it, but here are 5 of my favorite ways to enjoy this nutritional powerhouse.

Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

See all 5 recipes, and join the corn extravaganza »

5 Food Additives To Avoid

by in Grocery Shopping, Label Decoder, August 3, 2010

artificial sweetner

Our food is laden with additives, many times in order to preserve it. But some of the disadvantages of these substances outweigh the benefits. Here are the top 5 that made our list — we’ll let you decide if they’re worth it.

See all 5 additives to avoid »