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Getting Creative with Whole Grains

Friday, February 3rd, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Facts  /  Comments: 1
I love brown rice and whole grain pasta, but sometimes you want something different. If you’re looking to shake up your whole grain experience, give any of these a whirl. Bulgur (pictured on left)
This Middle Eastern grain has a chewy texture and nutty flavor. It produced from wheat and has been pre-cooked and requires minimal cooking. It can be found as coarse, medium or fine grinds. Medium grinds are the most versatile…

Healthy Holidays: Decisions, Decisions…

Friday, December 16th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Facts, Weight Loss  /  Comments: 1
Do you toss your good-for-you choices out the window come holiday time? Think about these last few weeks of 2011 as the last inning of a tied baseball game. This is the last time this year you’ll be able to make healthier decisions. So make them count!     Drinks
Instead of…
Eggnog Choose…
Apple cider, wine, or champagne. One cup of traditional eggnog has a whopping 350 calories, 19 grams fat, and over 50% of your daily…

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…

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…

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…

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