Makeover Your Snacks – Interview With Chef Ellie Krieger

by Lolli

Lolli here….

Raise your hand if you find yourself snacking a little more often than you should.

I’ve definitely got my hand raised. My biggest weakness is snacking while I’m at my computer (which is many hours a day). If sitting for the majority of my day weren’t bad enough, I’m constantly fighting the urge to eat while I work. Obviously, neither one is good for my figure.

Last week, I had the chance to send in some questions for Cooking Channel TV Host and Celebrity Chef Ellie Krieger to discuss over-snacking and how many Americans are at risk for it.

Questions for Chef Ellie Krieger:

  • I’ve been noticing some extra pounds hanging around after the Winter. What are some tips for getting ready for the summer swimming suit and shorts season?
  • When I am working at my computer, I tend to want to snack…a little more than is good for me. What are some better-for-me snacks to keep on hand?
  • How can I make the transition to eating more healthy snacks while still enjoying some of my favorite foods? Are there any good substitutes or alternatives you could recommend?
  • What can you tell 5 Minutes for Mom readers about The Makeover Your Snacks with Grapes from California Recipe Contest?


It’s all over the media that grazing and snacking as opposed to three big meals can be a healthier way to eat. However, “oversnacking” can sabotage your health efforts and lead to weight gain. With nearly 90% of Americans eating between meals on any given day and the consumption of twice the amount of snacks that were eaten 30 years ago, it can add up to an extra 600 calories a day!

Find out more about the The Makeover Your Snacks with Grapes from California Recipe Contest (they’re giving away $5,000 cash!) on the Grapes from California Facebook page.

Enter to win

We’re giving away Ellie’s new cookbook, Comfort Food Fix and the California Table Grapes’ cookbook, Green Black Red. The giveaway will end on June 25, 2012 and is open to US addresses only.

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom writer, Lolli. You can find Lolli blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Disclosure: This interview opportunity and giveaway was provided by Grapes from California, but no additional compensation was received. All thoughts and questions are my own.

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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Denise M June 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

i love hummus and mushrooms


2 Lawanna June 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

plain baby carrots are great


3 Jenny June 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Yogurt and fruit


4 Cheryl Rahkonen June 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I love cucumbers and tomatoes.


5 Elena June 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I like to eat apples and bananas


6 Jennifer Thomas June 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I love to snack on popcorn


7 Amy June 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I love roasting vegetables with olive oil and sea salt. They’re so filling.


8 Amy June 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

Any kind of fruit!


9 Stephanie Hungerford June 12, 2012 at 2:42 am

Fruit leather and Nuts


10 liz June 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

Must admit, healthy snake is an oxymoron to me, which is why I need the book.


11 Sheila June 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

Apples – just washed and sliced. :)


12 melissa n\ June 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Hummus and pita chips, yuym


13 Angela E. June 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

I like making chicken salad with red grapes & walnuts, so good.


14 Angela E. June 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

I subscribe by email.


15 Chuck June 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

My wife made a potato salad made with artichoke hearts and yogurt, have to say that it was pretty good.


16 Barb June 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

None of the snacks I love are healthy…


17 BusyWorkingMama June 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Fresh fruit! Or fresh veggies.


18 Linda Kish June 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm


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19 Patty S. June 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Celery and peanut butter


20 Danijela June 14, 2012 at 3:09 am

This looks delicious. What I like the most is the fact that this is healthy. Plus, it is so refreshing, perfect for the summer.


21 Don June 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

My wife and I have been buying the low sodium items in the store. I am not a big fan of allot of salt.


22 Staci A June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

We love fresh fruit-watermelon, grapes, strawberries.


23 Lori D. June 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I eat allot of fresh vegetables, I even started my own tomato garden this year.


24 Lori D. June 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I subscribe via email.


25 Van June 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

I have been trying to eat more salads now the the weather is warmer.


26 Jessica T June 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

My new favourite is Kale chips!


27 Mandy Blank June 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

My favorite healthy snack is ice cold apples!


28 Jeff June 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I like eating baby carrots all by them selves.


29 Garrett June 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

I like any and all type’s of yogurt. Like to freeze it during the summer time too.


30 Cristen C. June 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Apples with peanut butter…


31 June June 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

My favorite thing to eat that is healthy is raw vegetables with low fat ranch dressing.


32 June June 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

I subscribe by email.


33 nannypanpan June 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

seedless grapes


34 Carolsue June 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

Almost any kind of fruit is my favorite healthy snack


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