Food Network’s Claire Robinson Discusses Healthy Eating….And Chocolate (Giveaway)

It’s getting down to the wire for that dreaded time of year: New Year’s Resolutions. Despite our best intentions, most of us seem unable to keep these goals we have set for ourselves! Food Network Challenge and 5 Ingredient Fix host Claire Robinson is available for interviews with bloggers on Friday, January 6th to give you some great tips for avoiding frustration and meetings your New Years goals (without having to give up foods you love, like chocolate)!

Celebrity chef and Food Network star Claire Robinson offers tips on how to make resolutions that you actually want to keep – everything from how to make healthier eating choices to tips on establishing what matters most for your upcoming year.

Some of Claire’s healthy living tips include:

  • GET EDUCATED TO MAKE HEALTHIER EATING CHOICES – A common mistake is that people make drastic decisions (such as instantly turning vegan) that are difficult to keep. In order to make healthy choices last for the long-term, you must make taste a priority.


  • GET INVOLVED – Make a commitment to give back to your community, focusing on an organization or project that you feel passionate about to kick off the new year.


  • CREATE A BUILT-IN REWARD SYSTEM – To reinforce your long-term health goals, you should implement a built-in reward system that allows you to celebrate the small victories and keeps you motivated.


Here are the questions that I asked Claire:

1 – I have always had a sweet tooth, but I am trying to be more conscious of what I eat. How can I satisfy my sweet tooth but keep my healthy-eating goals?

2 – What are some tips to maintain your healthy-living goals past the first month or two of the New Year?

3 – Do you have any recipes that incorporate chocolate that you could share with our readers?

Claire answers my questions in this video just for 5 Minutes for Mom:


More about Claire Robinson:

Claire Robinson combines her passions for food and television in 5 Ingredient Fix, a Food Network series featuring delicious eclectic recipes made with five ingredients or fewer. She believes the best dishes feature carefully selected fresh foods with distinct flavors and a straightforward cooking style that also promotes healthy and seasonal eating.

Claire also joined Food Network’s primetime lineup as the host of Food Network Challenge (as of April 2010), bringing her culinary knowledge and passion for the iconic show to its brand-new set and providing minute-by-minute details of the thrilling challenges.

We’re giving away DOVE Dark Chocolate!

We’ve got a gift basket full (and I mean FULL) of Dove decadent dark chocolate to give away. To enter this giveaway to win the chocolate gift basket, leave us a comment below with your favorite healthy-living tip.

This giveaway ends February 3, 2012 and a winner will be chosen by and announced the next Sunday in Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.


Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk, pinning on Pinterest, and tweeting at @1momof5.

Note: this interview opportunity is sponsored by Dove. They sent me a basket of chocolate, too. I decided to share a little with my kids…


  1. Ann says

    DO incorporate chocolate into your daily living if you love it that much. I lost 40 lbs. and ate chocolate nearly every day. Moderation is key. Just watch everything else you eat carefully.

  2. Steph says

    My tip is to keep moving! Workout daily, if you cant do some of the tougher cardio workouts, just keep your body moving. Try and walk 10,000 steps a day.

  3. Amber says

    My healthy living tip is to eat when you’re hungry instead of dieting – if you get in tune with your body and listen to your body, you will live a healthy life!

  4. Margaret Smith says

    My favorite tip is to eat everything within moderation. Splurge sometimes, but don’t overdue it.
    Thanks so much.

  5. says

    It has been said again and again, but it’s true nonetheless – my favorite tip is to drink plenty of water. It does wonders for the health, skin, and hair!

  6. says

    I allow myself one carbonated beverage a week. I drink a lot of water, but I crave pop (I’m from the midwest!), so I don’t deny myself pop, but I do limit it. This prevents me from stopping at fast food places just for a pop, but every once in a while, I allow myself a treat!
    cheatingpiggies at hotmail dot com

  7. says

    I cut out diet soda and now I am drinking water and if I feel like something fizzy, I bought sparkling mineral water with natural flavors from the health food store.

  8. Jessica T says

    Just trying to move more – whether it be parking further from the entrance of a store, or doing sit ups on commercials – every little bit helps!

  9. DeeAnn S says

    My tip is to take a walk. Even if it’s in your house, going up and down the stairs, or walking from room to room, make sure you MOVE! Thanks.

  10. Dani B says

    I walk the kids to & from school (1 KM one way) instead of driving them.
    4 kms a day x 5 days = 20 kms week exercise!

  11. Wehaf says

    My tip is to recognize that thirst often seems like hunger. So if you think you’re hungry, drink water instead and wait a while.

  12. says

    Fill your fridge with healthy options! If you have healthy, delicious, fresh food at the ready, you can easily choose that over a more unhealthy option!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  13. Melissa says

    Healthy living tip to live by: Don’t say that you are going to completely quit junk food. Most people have a sweet tooth (I have a few); I just don’t overindulge but when the snack attack hits, I give in. Otherwise, I tend to eat more trying to find something to satisfy that craving and wind up giving in in the end anyway.

  14. says

    My healthy living tip is to save your calories for food and don’t waste them on sugary, calorie-riddled drinks, like soda and fake fruit drinks. I’d rather eat than drink my calories. Use real fruit to flavor your water instead.

  15. Ann F says

    I try to eat healthy meals, take a daily vitamin, get plenty of sleep and wash my hands frequently.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  16. Suzanne K says

    I just add lots more fruits and veggies to my diet as snacks. I can eat as much as I want, and it satisfies my desire to be eating, and does it in a good way!

  17. Cindy Merrill says

    My best Healthy living tip: When you go shopping, park the car at the very edge of the parking lot and walkthe few hundred extra yards to the store or business: In a few weeks, you’ll notice the difference!

  18. says

    Probably the healthiest thing I do is eat frequent, small meals/snacks throughout the day – I think it keeps your metabolism steady!

  19. Liz says

    I drink water all day, every day. I also try to keep sugar free gum with me. Sometimes, I’m not hungry, I just need to chew!

  20. Michelle says

    My favorite healthy living tip? Listen to your body. If it says you’re tired, slow down or sleep more. If it says you aren’t hungry anymore, put down that brownie. If you’re thirsty, drink some water!

  21. Rita A says

    I have been enjoying the Mio water enhancer liquid flavorings. I find myself drinking lots more water when it has a smidge of flavor.

  22. says

    My favorite healthy living tip is to add in veggies where you/your kids won’t notice them – shred em up and sprinkle them into meatloaf or lasagna, etc! You’ll be adding great veggies to your diet without stress!

  23. Alicia S. says

    My tip: Everytime I walk into the kitchen, the first thing I do is get a drink of water! Even if it’s to pass through to the laundry room, I stop and have some water!

  24. says

    My favorite tip is to drink water before a meal and sip all throughout the day. It helps me resist grabbing a snack because I am actually thirsty. Plus I need to stay hydrated.

  25. ellen says

    My favorite healthy living tip is dont let your weight get out of control … 5 turns into 10.20. 30 very easily so maintain a healthy weight.

  26. Katrina Page says

    My favorite tip is to do SOMETHING to get active every day. Don’t just spend your days off in front of the tv.

  27. Lauren says

    my tip is to make sure you’re making the three regular meals, and drink lots of water if you can through the day.

  28. says

    My tip would be to control your portions and be more active. Simple things like taking the stairs, park farther and walk. Try cutting your portion in half.

  29. Francine Anchondo says

    Eat smaller portions and if you still feel hungry try drinking some water if your still hungry after 15 mins then eat something.

  30. Holly says

    Always care a no/low calorie snack in your purse! Great for when things run later and you need to eat before you start staring down the candy machine.

  31. Tim says

    My favorite healthy living tip is to always go grocery shopping on a full stomach to avoid unnecessary purchases of junk food

  32. lynn shires says

    I like to bake my chicken and always make sure I remove the skin. I also take my poodles on a daily walk, helps them and me get some much needed exercise!

  33. says

    A great healthy living tip is to start slow. It can be very overwhelming to change your entire lifestyle all at once. Select one thing this week; eat more fruits and vegetables, then select another next week; exercise 3 times per week, keep on going in this manner. This way you allow yourself to slowly adapt to these changes, and chances are you’ll stick to it.

  34. Erica Barnes says

    I eat lots of chicken, fish, whole grains, Greek yogurt, and lots of fruits and vegetables, and only eat sweets once a week. I also enjoy walking or doing aerobics every day.

  35. Cynthia says

    Approach eating as the means to nourish and energize your body and leave the treats as what they’re meant to be – a treat and not a staple!

  36. Lavada says

    The best healthy tip is …Water, water, everywhere! Carry a bottle around with you everywhere you go. Sipping on small amounts throughout the day may be easier than trying to gulp it all down at once.

  37. ACMommy3 says

    My healthy living tips — drink lots and lots of water :-) , enjoy life and take time to smile and laugh, choose not to stress out over things that really don’t matter 10 years from now, and exercise. :-) creedamy [at] yahoo[dot] com

  38. amy v says

    fave tip- if you have a sweet tooth like me, 😉 make sure to be active- cardio/lifting weights as many days out of the week as you can! even w/ a 1 yr old i squeeze it in-even for just 20 min…it’s better than nothing. on days you can do more, do more.

    annae07 at aol dot com

  39. Shawn says

    I do my own gardening canning raise chickens and ducks for eggs and meat, also raise my own honey bees and make maple syrup.

  40. Crystal says

    my healthy living tip is to never try diets, they never work, and you end up gaining more weight than when you started. Instead try to make healthier choices that you can stick with

  41. lisa morse says

    My healthy living tip is to eat an apple before you go out to dinner or to a party so you dont eat too much!

  42. Samantha d says

    Whenever I drive some place, I park as far away as possible for the extra exercise. (be smart about this at night though..)

  43. Serena Powell says

    My favorite healthy living tip is cutting out meat. Vegetarians typically live 6-10 years longer then meat-eaters

  44. Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesstinger says

    As a two-time breast cancer survivor , I ‘ve tried to maintain a baseline routine that includes drinking lots of water, eating a balanced (but not insanely strict or neurotically inflexible!) low fat/low sodium diet – eating as much FRESH food as possible..

    I TRY to spend 15-20 minutes on a HealthRider or Istationary bike (in Winter) at least 4 times a week and/or walk 1–2 miles daily.

    Recently, my Honey/Hubby and me have started adding organic Chia seeds to some foods and fruit juice and starting the day with a banana and either a glass of low-sodium V-8 Juice or Green Tea with lemon & honey.

    All that said – we still adore CHOCOLATE – especially seductively divine DARK Chocolate – which we consider to be the ultimate nourishment for heart (as in soul) and spirit!

  45. Karlene Shamir says

    my favorite tip is STAY ACTIVE. staying active does not mean doing a crazy workout, but simply keeping your body in motion. walk those 6 blocks instead of driving!

  46. Carolyn says

    The best healthy living tip is just to keep moving! Like when I do my happy chocolate dance while consuming Dove chocolates.

  47. Debbie C says

    If you, like me, don’t like a lot of the vegetables you should eat, then try green smoothies. I do them with a lot of sugar free flavoring and I don’t even taste the veggies.


  48. Jennifer L. says

    My tip is to make more of your own food. It’s always healthier to use fresh ingredients rather than buy something processed and pre-made. It also saves money and tastes better.

  49. ANGEL JACKLYN says


  50. ACMommy3 says

    Drink lots of water – so simple, but amazing results and I’m always surprised how few actually do it. :-) creedamy [at] yahoo [dot] com

  51. Debbie Kennedy says

    My tip : allow yourself to satisfy a craving in a very small portion. If you don’t, you will search out other foods in the hope of satisfaction and likely end up eating more calories.

  52. Kate S says

    Exercise!! Find one that you find fun and stick with it! It does a lot more than diet alone, PLUS adds CV health.

  53. Kylie C says

    Don’t grocery shop when you’re in a rush- you’ll always end up with more packaged and convenience foods. Healthy foods like fish and produce take time to pick out, leave the kids at home and give yourself time to find the perfect bunch of kale.

  54. Samantha says

    My healthy living tip is to join a gym with your significant other and push each other to go a few times a week!

  55. Penny Kathleen says

    My tip is to move! Move every day! Aim for at least 30 minutes of some form of cardio exercise and it’s always great to incorporate more!

  56. Reejen says

    My favorite healthy living tip is to moderate all food groups, staying clear of sugars and white flours as much as possible, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep. reejen at comcast dot net

  57. Sherrie says

    I eat a diet which consists mainly of fruits and vegetables. — about 75% fruits and vegetables. That way I don’t feel guilty if I indulge in chocolate (yum!) ever so often.

  58. says

    My favorite healthy living tip would be walking! It sounds simple enough, and really is, but it’s too easy to forget about all the benefits you can get, just from making sure to go walking daily.

  59. Jill L says

    Find simple ways to be more active such as walk the kids to school instead of drive, don’t look for the closest parking spot, and walk that flight of steps.

  60. Becky Adams says

    My #1 tip for healthy living is to GET MOVING! Step away from the computer, tie on those tennis shoes and go for a walk. Breathe some fresh air and appreciate the beauty around you. :)

  61. Sara Wood says

    Find simple ways to increase your level of exercise such as park further back in the parking lot, take the stairs, play with your kids outside, etc.

  62. Laurie Emerson says

    I have cut up fresh fruits and vegetables in containers in the refrigerator. We have all started to grab those for a snack instead of foods which are too rich in sugar or salt. I wanted to have my children start at an early age to eat healthy so they will carry it into their adulthood.

  63. shirley pebbles says

    My favorite tip is to never deprive yourself of the food you want because then you’ll over indulge. Just do it in moderation.

  64. DeeAnn S says

    When making changes to your diet, don’t cut all your favorites out at one time. If you do it gradually, you’ll be able to replace them with healthy foods and not miss them so much. I find that giving myself one junk snack on the weekend helps me have something to look forward to. I just have to walk that extra mile on the treadmill! :) Thanks.

  65. jodi says

    Be grateful every day, and find a balance between eating well, and indulging in your favorite foods, ie, chocolate!!

  66. Crystal H says

    My favorite tips are a tie between GET MOVING and WATER. Get moving…walk, run, dance whatever you can and drink water…lots of water.

  67. denise says

    Incorporate some physical activity into your day, even if its just a few minutes her and there, make it a habit and it will pay off. Also eat right, without denying yourself an ocassional indulgence , and probably most importantly, keep a positive mental attitude and accentuate the good things in your life.

  68. says

    My fav healthy-living tip – “Practice Yoga regularly for a healthy mind & a healthy body together with a diet of fruits, veggies & lots of water!!!”

  69. vicki says

    Dove is my absolute favorite chocolate!! Thebasket will be gone in no time — and I’ll enjoy every minute of it.

  70. Sand says

    I always carry water with me and a healthy snack that way when I’m on the run, I have food and water available in case I get hungry. Makes it easy when fast food is the only option I have.

  71. Suzanne says

    I think one of the biggest things for me is to get enough sleep. If I’m sleep-deprived, nothing else seems to go right.

  72. Barbara Ann Pearce says

    Eat a well balanced diet including different fruits and vegetables. Enjoy your favorite treats, but limit how often you have them.

  73. says

    Pretty much what is said above..I used to train a lot and the only thing that really helped was the diet. Actually it is 50-50 (training – diet plan).
    Good luck all..


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