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A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Monday, November 14th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Hot Topics, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: 1
Question: My daughter was just diagnosed with celiac disease and this will be our first gluten-free Thanksgiving.  Can you provide some tips and recipes so that our family can be gluten-free while still enjoying all the best that Thanksgiving has to offer? Answer: A gluten-free Turkey Day can be every bit as enjoyable as a traditional one.  With a gluten-free turkey as the main attraction all you need to do is work some…

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Friday, July 22nd, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: more
Question: How much Vitamin D do I need?  Do you have to take a supplement or can you get the full dose from food?  Can you take too much? Answer: The newest recommendation for vitamin D is 600 IU (international units) per day. You don’t need to take a supplement to get enough vitamin D and getting too much from supplements is possible. Why We Need It
Vitamin D’s main job is to help the body absorb calcium, which helps build…

Top 10 Summer Foods

Monday, July 18th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Facts  /  Comments: more
Question: What are 10 essential foods that I should be eating this summer? Answer: There are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in season during the summer. Check out Toby’s top 10 choices, including some food sources of protein to keep you healthy for all of your favorite summer activities. #1: Spinach
Spinach is packed with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. It also contains vitamin K, folate, and calcium. Use…

Skip Breakfast? Never!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Meal Ideas, Weight Loss  /  Comments: 1
Question: Is it okay to skip breakfast? If I do skip breakfast, will I have more calories to eat for the rest of the day?  Answer: No. You should try your best not to skip breakfast. It’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast and eating the calories you missed later in the day is not beneficial to your body. Why It’s Important
Consider this scenario:
  • 8 PM: Finish eating dinner

Packing a Safe Summer Picnic

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Safety  /  Comments: 1
Question: I like to go on picnics during the summer. How do I make sure to keep my food safe? Answer: Picnics are a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and your favorite picnic foods. However, food bugs reproduce rapidly in warm weather and can cause illness. Being aware of the time food spends in warm weather can help keep food safe.  Time
Foods that need to be kept cold (or hot) have a specific window of time when they’re…