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Brown vs. White: The Case of the Rices

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Facts  /  Comments: more
Question: Is Brown rice really better than white rice? Answer: When it comes to eating grains, whole grains are better than refined and browns are better than whites. Whole grains, like brown rice, are the healthier choice, but what’s the real difference?  The Physical Difference
A whole grain has three parts: the germ, bran, and endosperm. When all of these parts remain intact, the grain is considered whole. The bran…

Mama’s Berry Smoothie

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Recipes  /  Comments: more
Question:  Can you share the recipe for your breakfast smoothie? Answer: During the warmer weather, I whip up smoothies for a quick and easy family breakfast. Here are some tips to for making healthy smoothies. Smoothie Faux Pas
Making smoothies is easy, but keeping calories in check isn’t always that simple. Although smoothies are usually filled with fruit, milk, and yogurt, going overboard on portions can make…

Chicken Plov Recipe

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Recipes  /  Comments: more
Question: Toby, what is your favorite healthy recipe? Answer: I love a wide variety of healthy recipes (including desserts!) so I had to put a little thought into this answer. When I met my husband he kept telling me about this Russian dish his father made called Chicken Plov. After speaking to my father-in-law I realized it was an Uzbekistani recipe and searched high and low until I finally got my hands on an Uzbek cookbook.…

The Newest Milk Mustache

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, In the News  /  Comments: 0
  Registered Dietitian Elisa Zied with Susan Sarandon Question: What’s the point of the “Pour One More” campaign and who’s the next star wearing the milk mustache? Answer: Getting a nutrition message across isn’t that easy, but the milk campaign has been around for 16 years and still going strong. The Message
Today I was invited to hear my fellow colleague and registered dietitian Elisa Zied speak about…

Healthy Holidays: Serving Safe Appetizers

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Safety  /  Comments: 1
Question: How long can food stay out when you are serving appetizers? Answer: Holiday parties are always exciting! Making sure your guests go home happy (and don’t become sick) is important—here are a few things to keep in mind. The Problem
Typically appetizers are served buffet-style and remain at room temperature for several hours—a perfect temperature for bacteria to grow and cause illness. Even though…

A Corn-y Question

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Facts  /  Comments: 1
Question: Should I avoid fresh corn because of the sugar content? Answer: No, you don’t need to avoid fresh corn. Many folks are worried because they’ve heard that corn is too high in sugar. They’re also concerned because of the buzz surrounding high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)—though the natural sugar found in fresh corn is not the same as the processed high fructose corn syrup. Nutrition Facts
One fresh ear…

Got Potassium?

Friday, December 10th, 2010  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Facts  /  Comments: more
  Question: My mother-in-law is looking for a source of potassium other than bananas. Any suggestions? Answer: When most folks think about adding extra potassium to their diet, the first thing they think about is eating more bananas. Yes, bananas are a good source of potassium, but there are plenty of other great sources of the mineral (some even higher than a banana!). What is Potassium?
Potassium is a mineral electrolyte…

Healthy Milk Alternatives

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Facts  /  Comments: more
Question: Which is better for me- soy or almond milk? Provided I have no allergy issues, should I incorporate one more than the other? Answer: Soy milk and almond milk are great substitutes for cow’s milk. Both are cholesterol-free, lactose-free and have less saturated fat than traditional milk. There are also other milk substitutes like rice, peanut and hemp milk that you can find in specialty markets (which means…

Understanding Cholesterol

Saturday, October 30th, 2010  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: more
Question: I have high cholesterol. Could you provide me with a short list of foods that I should eat? Answer: Cholesterol is found in animal foods like beef, chicken, eggs, butter and whole milk. But that doesn’t mean someone with high cholesterol should avoid all animal products— it’s all about moderation. The recommended guidelines suggest a maximum of 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day (which is about…

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Monday, July 19th, 2010  |  Posted by jpdstudio  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Meal Ideas  /  Comments: more
Question: I am a Mom of 2 children ages 5 and 7.  Mornings are busy in our house, as I am getting my children off to school or camp. Can you please provide me with some healthy and easy to prepare (or grab) breakfast choices for myself?  I do not have the time to cook everyday. Answer: Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (yes, even for mom). There are quick and easy options available and with a little

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