Toby Amidor is an extraordinary dietitian; she has been featured on Dr. Oz and has been quoted by dozens of health, fitness, and nutrition magazines, including: Oxygen Magazine, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Mic.com, Reader’s Digest, Shape.com, Women’s Health, Redbook, Men’s Journal, Huffington Post, Everyday Health, and more.
I am so excited about her brand new cookbook, THE HEALTHY MEAL PREP COOKBOOK. Toby provides practical and simple solutions with easy-to-follow directions. She shows you how simple it is to enjoy fresh and flavorful meals on even the most hectic days.
I caught up with Toby recently and asked her a few questions about the book and her lifestyle. Her answers will inspire you.
At the end of this blog, I am going to ask you readers a question and if you answer it in the comments section of the blog, you have a chance to win a copy of Toby’s new cookbook!
Kelly Springer: What inspired you to develop this cookbook?
Toby Amidor: I am a working mother of three kids, so I am very busy. If I don’t plan my meals, then my kids will be eating take out or fast food every night. Since I want them to eat healthy, plus I am on a budget meal prepping has become second nature. I wanted to share my tips and tricks with meal prepping with others so they can plan for healthy meals too.
KS: What type of health benefits would you anticipate people to reap by using this book as a go-to for their home-cooked meals?
TA: There are several health benefits that someone would have by following The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook. First is portion control. All of my recipes list exact portions and measurements for every ingredient, including salt. Once the dish is done, you measure out the portions and store it for the week. Calorie control is a key component of weight loss and weight management. Second, you’ll eat healthier. Instead of stopping at a fast food joint or hitting up the vending machine, you’ll be armed with healthy meals and snacks throughout the week. Last, you’ll reduce mid-week stress. Many folks become stressed to get healthy food on the table, especially during the hustle and bustle during the work week. When everything is planned, it helps decrease stress related to weeknight meals.
KS: Do you consider the recipes to be kid-friendly? If so, tell me about a couple recipes that you think that kids will particularly love?
TA: Many of the dishes are kid-friendly recipes including my Apple Walnut Loaf, Wild Blueberry Whole Grain Scones, Lighter Panzanella Salad (my 12-year old LOVES it!), Maple Orange Glazed Carrots, and Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken.
KS: If you had to pick three top-favorite recipes in this book, what would they be?
TA: That’s a tough question! That’s like asking a parent “who is your favorite child!” But if I had to choose it would be:
- Lighter Panzanella Salad
- Apricot Chicken Drumsticks
- No Bake Maple Cinnamon Bars
Okay readers, now I have a question for you!
“How would a cookbook filled to the brim with easy to put together, delicious healthy meals benefit you and your family?
Answer this question by this Friday September 1st at 5 p.m. EST and I will choose a winner over the weekend to receive a signed copy of Toby’s book!
~Kelly Springer, RD, MS, CDN