Hybrid Snacking as Featured on The List Show

Michelle Dudash on The List

You know when that craving hits? Maybe it’s for a bag of a salty-crunchy-greasy, or a hankering for sticky sweet-melty-chocolate. Either way, you gotta have it and you gotta have it now.

You can satisfy these cravings without completely going over the top. Enter hybrid snacking, which features something typically considered junk food, but paired with healthy ingredients. Hybrid snacking can be a good strategy to balance your junk food cravings out with nutritional foods.

Michelle making trail mix

Bollywood Trail Mix

Junk food: Sesame sticks (those little twiggy things that are deep-fried in soybean oil)

Mix with health foods:

  • Roasted almonds
  • Roasted cashews
  • Roasted edamame
  • Dried cranberries
  • Curry powder

fruit pizzas

Mini fruit pizzas

Junk food: Sugar cookies

Top with health foods:

  • Fresh summer fruit (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi)
  • Creamy cookie topping: Chill a can of regular (not light) canned coconut milk or coconut cream until solid. Pour off the clear liquid, if any. Whip the coconut milk solids with an 8-ounce package of Neufchatel (light) cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 4 minutes on medium-high speed. Towards the end of whipping, drizzle in 2 tablespoons agave nectar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Chill covered for one hour before using.

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Monkey S’Mores

Junk food: Marshmallows

Layer with health foods:

  • Dark chocolate chips or squares
  • Graham crackers made with whole grains
  • Sliced bananas

Grill them in foil pouches, or microwave on a plate, with the marshmallows on one cracker, and the chocolate bits and bananas on the other. Sandwich together before eating.

Optional: pair with a glass of milk for even more nutrition


Junk food: Tortilla chips (some are healthier than others)

Top with health foods:

  • Vegetables and fruits (diced bell peppers, tomatoes, avocado)
  • Beans
  • Reduced-fat cheese
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream)
  • Salsa
  • Cilantro

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Healthy Diet Tips on Vacation July 2015

Summer vacation. It’s one of my favorite times of year, and I’m guessing yours too. But the thing that’s not the favorite of a lot of people this time of year is the inevitable weight gain that comes with vacation. Today I’ll be sharing some of my best diet tips to not gain weight while you’re on vacation.

Veg out

This doesn’t mean lounging around–in fact, take the stairs! Opt for vegetables on the menu, whether is a side dish, a tasty soup, a salad, or a side dish from a new culture or a meatless option. Any of those things … More...

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Feel Fantastic All Summer with Tips from My July Newsletter


My July newsletter is here! Be sure to check out all of my tips, tricks and recipes to keep you feeling fantastic no matter what the season throws at you.

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My New 5-Ingredient Recipe for Food Network’s “Healthy Eats” Blog

Grilled Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms


Stuffed mushrooms are an awesome appetizer, but why are they only ever presented as bite-size party food? I stuffed entreé-sized meaty portobellos with sweet, briny shrimp for my latest installment on FoodNetwork.com’s Healthy Eats blog. These Grilled Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms are a new take on surf and turf!… More...

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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. My family and I have been eating Sabra hummus for years, and they recently started working with me to help educate people about … More...

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My Grab-n-Go Carry-On Snacks for Airplanes and Traveling


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My First Clean Eating Grocery Haul of June!


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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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My first recipe post on Foodnetwork.com’s “Healthy Eats” blog
Grilled Martini Chicken

Grilled Orange-Ponzu Pork Tenderloin with Napa Cabbage and Carrot Stir FryMore...

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Introducing My New Food Network Blog Column (May Newsletter)

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!

As much as I love dipping sugar snap peas into hummus (my pre-dinner staple), there is a whole world of hummus usage possibilities beyond that. My family and I have … More...

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