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I hope you enjoy the information you find here. Your comments and insight are very important to me and my readers.

Happy, healthy reading!
-Toby

Mercury Poisoning: What You Should Know

February 10th, 2016
By Kimberly Visioni, MS, RD, Contributing Blogger I love seafood but I do think about how much mercury I’m really taking in when ordering fish or preparing it at home. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends pregnant women and young children to limit fish intake to no more than 12 ounces per week to avoid taking in too much mercury. I recently learned, however, that mercury is something we should all consider,…

Meet Quinoa’s Counsin: Kaniwa

February 8th, 2016
By Alexandra Orlan, Guest Blogger Everyone has heard of quinoa but have you heard of kaniwa? Kaniwa has been around for a while, but is gaining popularity. It could have something to do with the fact that it’s a cousin of quinoa. What Is It?
Kaniwa, smaller in size than quinoa, grows in Peru and Bolivia. This red-brown grain has a similar, nutty taste like quinoa, but without the bitterness since they don’t contain saponins…

5 Healthy Super Bowl Swaps

February 6th, 2016


By Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD Contributing Blogger I love Super Bowl Sunday because it gives me a chance to cook a variety of delicious and fun appetizers and finger food. Unfortunately, many of the Super Bowl classics are extremely high in calories, sodium and sugar. When I don’t bring my own healthy dishes, I often leave a Super Bowl party with a stomach ache after making some regretful food choices. This year, I want to avoid…

Southern Cooking: Lightened Up (Featuring Carolyn O’Neil!)

February 2nd, 2016


By: Catherine Cioffi, RD, Contributing Blogger As I lived most of my life in the Northeast, I’ve found my recent move to the South to be quite the learning experience. In particular, my favorite part has been getting to know the “local” cuisine of Southern comfort food – from crispy fried chicken, to creamy cheesy grits, to biscuits, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and more! All of these dishes and…

What Does ‘Eating in Moderation’ Really Mean?

January 27th, 2016
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN. Originally published by US News & World Report How many times have you heard the phrase “everything in moderation?” But what exactly does “moderation” mean? There is no scientific definition to the term, though nutrition textbooks define a moderate diet as one that “avoids excessive amounts of calories or any particular food or nutrient.”…
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