All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

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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Slow Cooker Dinners 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, November 30, 2010
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Don’t you love walking in the door after a long day and dinner is waiting? It’s that easy when you put your slow cooker to work. Whip out this under-appreciated kitchen appliance and try these 5 mouth-watering dishes.

5 super-simple slow cooker dinners »

Travel Tips For Turkey Day

by in Food Safety, Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 23, 2010
Lunchbox
Tools of the Trade: Use heat and ice packs to maintain temps as you travel.

A friend or family member asks you to chip in a dish for Thanksgiving dinner — now what? This can get tricky, especially if you’ve got a long car or train ride ahead of you.  Here are some things to consider before you decide what to tote along.

Thanksgiving potlucks: What to bring and how to bring it »

Butternut Squash 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, November 22, 2010
Slow-Cooker Squash Stew
Slow-Cooker Squash Stew - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

This fall superstar gets hype for making a mean soup. Don’t get me wrong, butternut squash soup is an all-time fave in my house, but there are more ways to dress up this delicious veggie. Here are our top five.

Get our top butternut squash recipes »

5 New Products on the Market

by in Food News, Gluten-Free, Healthy Tips, November 19, 2010

potato chips

Dana and I recently attended the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston, where we were introduced to many products just hitting market shelves. Here are the top 5 we recommend.

5 new products to try »

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010

vegetarian chili

Growing up with a vegan chef (my mother), I’ve had the most wonderful vegetarian Thanksgiving experiences.  She’d load the table with creative dishes made from seasonal fruits and veggies, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. We’ve put together vegetarian (and even some vegan) options for Thanksgiving day — and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them.

Get our mix-and-match menu »

In Season: Celery Root

by in In Season, November 16, 2010
Celery Root
Market-Fresh Celery Root

This veggie won’t win any beauty contests, but if you look past its rough exterior, it adds spicy flavor, creamy texture and nutrients galore to fall dishes. Find out more about this underappreciated root veggie and several ways to use it.

All about celery root »

Top Thanksgiving Recipes, Lightened Up: Paula’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

by in Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, November 15, 2010

pumpkin cheesecake

We’re lightening up some of FoodNetwork.com’s top Thanksgiving recipes. First up: Paula’s Pumpkin Cheesecake.  This rich dessert is sweet, seasonal and delicious, but it comes with a high fat and calorie toll. But with a few ingredient swaps, you can cut the fat and calories without compromising flavor.  Here’s how we slim it down.

Paula Deen’s pumpkin cheesecake, slimmed down »

Healthy Swaps: Thanksgiving Fare

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, November 9, 2010
Homemade Mashed Potatoes - By Bobby Flay
Instead of buying instant potatoes, make your own lighter mashers.

Shopping for the right Thanksgiving ingredients can make all the difference.  Simple changes can cut down on calories, sugar, fat and preservatives without compromising flavor. As you hit the market to pick up your Thanksgiving fare, think about making these swaps.

Make these healthy Thanksgiving swaps »