A Fit and Flavorful Fourth of July as featured on Arizona Midday

Fourth with Michelle and Destry

It’s a holiday weekend, but heavy party food can really weigh you down in the summer heat. I’ve got your Fourth of July covered with an appetizer idea, a light-but-flavorful grilled chicken dish and a cocktail with an ingredient list that doubles as dessert!

Dips are popular party food for a reason. They’re a low-stress option for the host, and everyone loves them. I skip the heavy versions often loaded with mayo and cheese and opt for hummus instead. I’ve been eating Sabra hummus for years, and am super pumped that I can now call them a client. And my whole family think the variety of Sabra flavors taste great. Two heaping spoonfuls of the chickpea spread also help you meet the recommended goal of 1 ½ cups of beans a week. Hummus together with whole wheat pita or tortilla chips help you up your whole grain intake. Pairing with sugar snap peas, bell pepper strips and thick cucumber slices boost the fiber and nutrient content of this super simple appetizer.

Fourth Sabra hummus

If you’re like most Americans, you will be breaking out the grill this weekend. My 5-Ingredient Cajun-Spiced Grilled Chicken Thighs are perfect for the holiday. With its bright and tangy flavor, no one will miss the sugar-sweet bottled barbecue sauces. Best of all, they are better when prepped ahead of time, hours before any guests start arriving. No rushing around with last minute preparations!

Fourth chicken and sangria

What’s a summer holiday without a cocktail? My White Wine Sangria with Summer Fruits is cool and refreshing—perfect for the July heat. The flexible ingredient list lets you make the most of July’s amazing array of in-season produce. Whether you opt for peaches and figs, melon and grapes, or a red, white and blue combination of summer berries, you can’t lose.

Double up the fruit on your shopping list, and dessert is basically done! While you’re chopping up your fruit for your sangria, keep up the work and prep dessert ahead of time. Slice up a watermelon, wash some cherries, snip grapes bunches into single-serving clusters. Arrange on a platter, cover and refrigerate until needed. Once the main course is cleared away, all you have to do is remove the from the fridge and you’re done. After a long hot day, who can say no to an icy cold fruit display?

Feeling a little more ambitious? Top a Fruit Pizza with all of that beautiful produce!


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My Latest Recipe for Food Network’s “Healthy Eats” Blog

Michelle Dudash’s 5 Ingredient Cajun-Spiced Grilled Chicken, as seen on Foodnetwork.com’s Healthy Eats blog.

I created this recipe as an ode to the warmer weather and the outdoor grilling that comes with it. My Cajun-Spiced Grilled Chicken is bright with apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley, a refreshing change of pace from sticky-sweet bottled barbecue sauces.


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Chef Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian spokesperson and mom

My May newsletter is here, and packed with all of the stuff I’ve been up to. I have some awesome seasonal salmon recipes, including one featured on my latest blogging gig with FoodNetwork.com’s Healthy Eats column!… More...

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How to Eat More Beans…with Hummus

Sabra Hummus

Post sponsored by Sabra, written 100% by me.

As someone who enjoys hummus daily, I was astonished to hear that only 25% of the American population regularly eats hummus. Then a food website editor that I work with explained to me how hummus is still considered exotic to the majority of their readers. Are you one of these people? This Thursday, May 21 marks National Hummus Day, so don’t delay. Start dipping today!

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Healthy Snacks to Grab-n-Go for Kids & Families

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Learn about the latest and greatest healthy, clean eating snacks for spring 2015, including Bare Snacks, Biena Chickpea Snacks, Nature Box and Starkist. Your kids and family will love these grab and go snacks!


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Introducing My First Post on Food Network’s “Healthy Eats” Blog

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I am absolutely thrilled to announce my first recipe post on Foodnetwork.com’s “Healthy Eats” blog:

The recipes that I will be contributing to Foodnetwork.com will be focused on what everybody wants: 5 ingredients or less. And I am so excited to be the one creating these recipes for you, the blog, and my own family, too.

About Healthy Eats: The name might be a dead giveaway, but we’re all about the latest tips, nutrition news, good-for-you recipes and easy ideas for adding fresher, more wholesome foods to your life.

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My Diet-Friendly Desserts on “The Doctors” Show!

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Today my diet-friendly desserts segment aired on “The Doctors” show! Get the recipes here: Ooh La Latte PopsPump-CakesHawaiian Dream Ice Cream.… More...

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Check out my latest newsletter!

Chef Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian spokesperson and mom


The latest installment of my newsletter is here! I’ve got a full spread of homemade, healthy fast food options, not to mention some BIG news. Don’t forget to subscribe to get all of this info straight to your inbox.… More...

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My March Newsletter is Here!

Chef Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian spokesperson and mom

Have you seen my latest newsletter? Check out what I’ve been up to, and see why I have added a supplement to my daily regimen. Like what you see? Subscribe and I will send you a monthly update straight to your inbox!… More...

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