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Welcome to my blog! You’ll find the latest nutrition news, healthy recipes, controversial topics, and food safety information. My blog is made possible by my wonderful group of contributors, including fellow registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and nutrition students. All of my contributors have varying nutrition backgrounds and interests, making this blog a great place to learn about a wide range of food and nutrition topics.

I’m so proud of the efforts of all of my contributors and the recognitions of our great work. Greatist recently named my blog one of “19 Awesome Resources to Help You Eat Better”, and Healthline awarded us a spot in the “The Best Healthy Living Blogs of 2016”.  I know you will enjoy and learn from the information you find here. Your comments and insight are very important to me and my readers.

Happy, healthy reading!

-Toby

Healthy Milk Alternatives

November 23rd, 2010
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

October 30th, 2010
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

July 19th, 2010
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

Kombucha’s Alcohol Trouble

July 19th, 2010
Question: I heard kombucha has been pulled from all stores due to irregularity (inability to efficiently regulate) the alcohol levels over time. Is this true? Answer: Yes, kombucha has been pulled from market shelves because of its high alcohol content. Kombucha is a fermented beverage that combines bacteria and yeast with green or black tea that contains sugar. The popular unpasteurized version of the drink can…

Defrosting Food Safely

July 19th, 2010
Question: Is it safe to defrost food out of the refrigerator?   Answer: No—there are several safe ways to defrost meats, but leaving them out on the countertop can potentially make you sick.   Bacteria thrive at temperatures between 41 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit—the exact temperature of your kitchen. Leaving meat out for numerous hours to defrost gives bacteria the perfect environment to grow to such…
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