Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Recent Posts By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

FDA Proposes a Daily Value Amount for Added Sugars

In March of 2014, the FDA proposed updating the current Nutrition Facts label to include added sugars—a much needed piece of missing information on food packaging. This morning, the FDA took it one step further and announced a proposal to add a Daily Value for Added Sugars on food labels – 10% of daily calories. The proposal comes as a revision to […]

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Can Clean Eaters Cook with Canola Oil?

Canola oil is a versatile, heart-healthy fat. We utilize it in the Cooking Light Test Kitchen for many reasons: its high smoke point makes it good for sautéing; its neutral flavor and light body make it great as a partial sub for butter in baking. When you break down the fat profile, canola oil has a lower percentage of saturated fats per tablespoon […]

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Build Cleaner, Smarter Summer Salads

Salads always seem like the healthy option—a quick way to meet your daily, fruit, and veggie quota. Added bonus: They’re a simple, no-cook approach to summer supper, and most are clean without much effort. But a heavy hand with dressing, combined with calorie-dense toppers like cheese, bacon, and even heart-healthy nuts, can quickly turn those bountiful greens into a 1,000-calorie […]

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How Long Can You Store Fresh-Pressed Juice?

We love to promote make-ahead dinners, lunches, and snacks here at Cooking Light. Using your weekend to boil big batches of whole grains or layer un-dressed salads in adorable mason jars is a great way to get a healthy jumpstart on your week. However, juicing is one make-ahead process you may want to skip. For starters, there’s a reason the bottled juices […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Chicken, Avocado, and Peanut Salad with Grapefruit-Chive Vinaigrette

Summer is the perfect season for refreshing, crisp, vibrant salads. This Chicken, Avocado, and Peanut Salad combines creamy avocado with fresh carrot and onion, grilled chicken, and filling peanuts. Make your own vinaigrette (recipe below) to cut down on sugar, salt, and fat.   Grapefruit-Chive Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons dark sesame oil + 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar + […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Balsamic, Beet, and Berry Salad with Balsamic Rosemary Vinaigrette

If you’ve got a bounty of berries coming from your garden or farmers’ market, there’s no reason you shouldn’t toss them into a salad for a sweet-tart twist on a classic dinner salad. In this one, we’ve used strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, but feel free to use any berries you have. BALSAMIC ROSEMARY VINAIGRETTE 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Shrimp, Squash, and Bacon Salad with Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Consider this salad a summery spin on a classic Cobb. Grilled shrimp replaces chicken, and we’re piling up some shaved summer squash for a truly seasonal twist. Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar + 1 teaspoon light agave nectar + ¼ teaspoon kosher salt + ¼ teaspoon pepper + 1 teaspoon finely chopped […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Peaches and Green Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

The true summer jewels, peaches and tomatoes, shine in this simple salad with prosciutto, almonds, and a hint of blue cheese. Top with a simple Red Wine Vinaigrette (recipe below) and let the produce be the star of this refreshing salad. Red Wine Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar + ¼ teaspoon salt + ¼ teaspoon […]

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What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot these days, one without a specific scientific or culinary definition. Self-proclaimed “experts” are coming out of the woodworks with their theories and views on the topic — some with very confusing philosophies that are difficult to follow. The overall concept—eat food in as close to its natural state as […]

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A Healthier Summer Treat: No-Cook Fro-Yo

Summer becomes a lot sweeter with a scoop of something homemade, creamy, and cold. Real-deal ice cream can run you upwards of 300 calories per scoop. And while the offerings at trendy yogurt shops may be lower in calories, they’re full of sugar (27g in a small), artificial flavors, and fillers and are surrounded by an endless display of calorie-dense […]

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