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5 Things You Didn't Know About Ellie Krieger

Think you know everything about The New York Times bestselling author and host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite? Think again.

By Megan Hess | November , 2011
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Ellie Krieger photo: Lisa Houlgrave
1. Her latest food obsession is radishes. Krieger chops them into salads and slices them into sandwiches for an extra crunch. Her favorites, watermelon radishes, have the same pinkish hue as watermelon insides.

2. Krieger’s key strategy for meals on busy workdays? “I need things at my fingertips,” she says. So she keeps her pantry stocked with these essentials:
•    Whole grain pasta
•    Canned tomatoes
•    Canned beans (at least 10 different types, including but not limited to: cannelloni, kidney, and black beans)
•    Whole almonds
•    Low sodium chicken broth

3. She doesn't believe in guilty pleasures. "Guilt creates negative feelings and drives you to eat even more,” says Krieger, who eats a little dark chocolate each day. “Instead, if you so choose, decide to eat something not so good — and then savor every moment.”

4. Her biggest weakness: French fries.  

5. Krieger's 9-year-old daughter blends her smoothies. At age 2, Krieger gave her daughter bread and a butter knife to include her in the cooking process. “Kids like to feel like they’re helping,” she says. “Even if they create a mess, it’s worth that investment.” Now, at age 9, Krieger’s daughter makes her mom banana-mango smoothies after a long day at work.

Follow Ellie on Twitter at @Ellie_Krieger, and watch her funniest kitchen memory with her daughter

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