Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Recent Posts By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Are Kind Bars Healthy? What the FDA’s Warning Means

A fruit-and-nut bar is a better choice than a chocolate candy bar, right? Well you won’t be finding the word “healthy” on either of them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that KIND adjust their labeling language. Specifically, they can no longer use the term “healthy” on four of their bars and throughout their website. In the warning, the FDA singled […]

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Magic Milk Bars: Lactation Cookies Made Light

  When I got pregnant about a year ago, all I ever heard and read about was how my appetite would skyrocket, and I’d be eating everything in sight to nourish my growing baby. Well, I was one of those fortunate mamas who managed to avoid a lot of nausea for the most part, and yes … I had quite […]

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Is Beer the New Gatorade?

Two things I take seriously: my beer and my running. So you can imagine my excitement when several of the local breweries in my city started running clubs, encouraging groups to meet at the brewery, sweat out a few miles together, then stick around for a couple of post-run hand-crafted beers. (And if you’re ready to take your beer run […]

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How to Make a Healthier Spaghetti Dinner

There’s a powerful feeling of joy in a classic spaghetti dinner—few things satisfy and please the family more than the combo of hearty meat sauce, slurp-able noodles, and crusty garlic-and-butter-smeared bread. All comfort aside, the typical spaghetti dinner can run you close to 100g of refined carbohydrates—that’s the equivalent of about eight slices of white bread. Here we transform this […]

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Guess which processed cheese product just received a nutritional seal of approval?

I’m a dietitian. I’m also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United States. You know. That large professional organization that is supposed to “empower members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders.” Well, last week my organization decided to allow the “Kids Eat Right” logo on its […]

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Polishing the Golden Arches: McDonald’s Puts Limits on Human Antibiotic Use in Its Chicken

McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant chain, has agreed to phase out the use of chicken fed with human antibiotics over the next 2 years. This is big news, guys. McDonald’s is a powerhouse. They’re the biggest seller of chicken in the United States, meaning they’re one of the largest purchasers of chicken. So when McDonalds says no human antibiotics (they […]

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Lighter Chocolate Ganache

Elegant and indulgently delicious, chocolate ganache wears many hats this time of year—as a decadent glaze over fluffy cake layers, a silky coating for fresh berries, or chilled and rolled into truffles. It’s a simple combo of chocolate and heavy cream—but hefty, too: 80 calories and 3.8g sat fat per tablespoon. What we’ve recently learned from a few of our […]

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Lighter, Naturally Red Velvet Cake

Just the name “red velvet cake” suggests something elegant and rich—dramatic, supermoist layers of tinted chocolate cake coated in a dense, creamy white frosting. ‘Tis the season for such decadent pleasures, right? Although it may be the time of year to splurge, it’s hard to justify an 880-calorie, 57g-of-fat piece of cake. Ho-ho-holy cow! We had to find a better […]

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Nut Butter Sandwiches, 6 New Ways

Peanut butter now has plenty of company in the supermarket—nearly every nut has a spreadable counterpart that’s both tasty and full of healthy plant-based fats and protein. You can make your own, too: Whir toasted nuts, a pinch of salt, and drizzle of oil in a food processor until smooth. Extra layers of complexity—macadamia is buttery, pecan is pleasantly bitter—make […]

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A Lower-Fat, Lower-Carb Mash

One thing—as certain as turkey and cranberry and groans from couch-bound overeaters—is demanded of this holiday season: heaping bowls of fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s a rich dish: As any cook knows, the secret to smooth texture is a knob of butter and a serious glug of cream. A serving of potatoes is about 250 calories, with 8g of sat fat. […]

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