All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

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 »

Reading List: Diet Soda Linked To Premature Birth, Vitaminwater Lawsuit and Kids Addicted to Energy Drinks

by in Food News, July 30, 2010

grocery shopping

In this week’s nutrition news: Logging on helps keep the weight off, recalled foods found on market shelves and Vitaminwater sued for deceptive health claims

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Spotlight Recipes: Chutney

by in Healthy Recipes, July 29, 2010
Cranberry-Citrus Chutney
Cranberry-Citrus Chutney - Photograph by Jonathan Kantor/Food Network Magazine

Chutney is a simmered-down or pureed combo of fruit (or veggies), spices and herbs. Instead of deep-frying or drowning your fish, pork or meat in heavy sauces, opt for a tangy bite of chutney instead.

Recipes to try:

Make Your Own Pickles

by in Healthy Recipes, July 28, 2010

pickles

Not sure what to do with those extra cukes sitting around? My grandma used to make batches of homemade pickles. We’d have jars lining the fridge shelves. Dill, spicy, sweet or sour — oh, the possibilities!

Get our pickle tips and recipes »

Food Safety for Food Preserving

by in Food Safety, July 26, 2010

canning and pickling

Food preserving is the hottest trend, especially with many more folks growing their own fruits and veggies at home and preserving the extras. But with home preserving comes possible food poisoning — something everyone should be cautious about. Here’s how to can your own food, safely.

Get food safety tips for canning »

Reading List: Trouble For Meat Lovers, Weight Loss Apps and Take Back Your Lunch Break

by in Food News, July 23, 2010

lunch at desk

In this week’s nutrition news: Slashing sugar helps make you healthier, enjoying lunch away from your desk and the truth about the “5-second rule.”

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Label Decoder: Olestra

by in Grocery Shopping, Label Decoder, July 23, 2010

potato chips

When I was in graduate school, some of my fellow dietetic students tracked down one of the first stores where the nonfat fried chips were being sold. The employee that answered the phone explained how he’d downed an entire package and had a horrible stomach ache (though he was a bit more descriptive of his symptoms). From that day on, I knew chips fried in Olestra weren’t all they were cracked up to be.

Get the scoop on Olestra »