Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Recent Posts By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

All-Day Energy Eating

Our bodies need calories to create the energy we need to experience that vim, zip, and get-up-and-go. But it matters how those calories are packaged—whether they’re bundled with protein, fiber, and healthy fats or delivered as refined carbs and sugars. Refined, simple carbs, found in many snacks, cause a spike in blood sugar followed by the notorious crash. Complex foods […]

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Grilled Cheese Trick: Cheesy and golden-crisp with half the fat. How’d we do it?

Making an iconic grilled cheese—complete with gooey, melty goodness contrasted against golden-crisp bread—is no small feat for a nutrition-minded cook. An impeccably creamy interior is easy to achieve with several ounces of hearty cheddar, and even easier with American. Fry it (let’s not kid ourselves by calling this a sauté) in a chunk of butter, and you’re in 400-plus-calorie territory, […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — March 3-7

Here, another week’s worth of fast, healthy, and tasty menus. It’s not the dread of cooking that deters so many of us from the kitchen each night… it’s actually deciding what to cook from the millions of options bombarding us from so many different forms of media. Here, we’ve done the planning for you. Not just menus, but healthy menus […]

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Finally! Nutrition Labels Are Getting a Makeover

Finally! Nutrition label changes could make it clearer to Americans what they’re actually eating. This morning, first lady Michelle Obama introduced an FDA-backed plan to significantly revise food labels. Insert applause here, then begin holding breath. • The most prominent text on the label would tell you how many servings are actually in a box or bag. No longer would a […]

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There’s a New Chip in Town

If you’ve taken a stroll down the supermarket snack aisle within the last year, you’ve likely noticed that potato chips and corn tortilla chips have taken a backseat.  Even sweet potato and pita chips are old news. Everything is being made into chips or crisps these days–hummus, lentils, brown rice, kale, and every other root vegetable under the sun. Creative […]

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3 Ways to Lighten Your Own Chili Recipe

Use these three simple swaps to lighten up your  favorite chili recipes. 1 LEANER MEAT: Use 10% lean ground beef instead of 20% lean and save 88 calories and 4g sat fat per serving. 2 BETTER BEANS: Beans add bulk and fiber, but canned varieties may also add lots of sodium. Look for lower-sodium and organic varieties with less than 200mg per […]

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Menu Decoder: Starbucks’ Food Gets a Makeover

It’s much more than cosmetic. But is the new menu healthier? Starbucks‘ biggest-ever food gamble is underway, with more to come. It all started late last year, when the coffee colossus introduced a line of pastries from La Boulange, a San Francisco-based artisanal bakery chain that it bought for $100 million in 2012. That was the first move in a […]

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Cooking Light at BJ’s Wholesale Club: Premium Sliced Beef Sirloin

Here’s a convenient (and guaranteed to make you happy) tip for the holiday season: stock up on Cooking Light’s Premium Sliced Beef Sirloin. It’s just what you’ll need to get you through the hectic holiday season – versatile in every way. We take lean top sirloin beef, sear it, and then slow cook it to perfection to yield tender, juicy […]

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FDA Proposes a Ban on All Artificial Trans Fats

Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposal to eliminate trans fats from packaged foods. That’s right, the long, controversial road to trans fats might finally be coming to an end—and with it, the potential opportunity to prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year, according to Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the […]

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Do We Know What a Serving Is?

A portion is what you actually serve yourself. A serving is what the math says you ought to serve yourself, based on nutrition guidelines for healthy women and men. At Cooking Light, we use those guidelines (2,000 calories per day for women and 2,700 for men under 50) to set serving sizes for snacks and meals. Similar math drives the […]

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