Kelly Ripa on her favorite healthy foods and one not-so-healthy snack she'll never give up
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Kelly Ripa adds fresh blueberries and pistachios to her favorite Fage Greek yogurt for a quick and healthy treat that's good any time of the day—and always in her fridge. "I also like to make my own lavender honey. Just get dried lavender, put it in honey and let it sit. It becomes lavender infused. So you get salty, sweet, and a little tang. It's very good. It's my dessert, my breakfast, everything!"
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Kelly Ripa always keeps a box of the adorable and delicious Pepperidge Farm crackers in her pantry. "It's a wonderful snack that I'm addicted to," she says.
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What's one thing Kelly Ripa just can't live without? "I will never give up cheese! I gave it up a couple of years ago for Lent and it was really hard," she says. "I realized that cheese is the foundation of what I eat when I gave it up and went, 'I can’t eat any of this! Who wants a turkey sandwich without cheese?' "
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As a busy mom of three, Kelly Ripa says getting her kids to eat healthy isn't difficult because it’s simply a part of their family lifestyle. "We've always fed our kids that way. They don’t have a choice. We don’t keep a lot of junk in the house so they eat what's there, which is a big bowl of fresh fruit."
Girl Scout Cookies
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Although she doesn't tend to overindulge, Ripa admits she—and her family—just can't say no to yummy Girl Scout cookies. "Samoas are everyone’s favorite. They’re gone in three days!"
Simple, Unprocessed Ingredients
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Elevating the flavors in healthy, no-fuss meals with simple, fresh ingredients is how she keeps her taste buds intrigued. "If I'm having a sliced chicken breast, I'd put it on a bed of simple sautéed spinach with a little bit of lemon and olive oil. I'm not too big on sauces. I just want the taste of the food."
More on Kelly Ripa
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Kelly Ripa may be best known as the host of Live With Regis and Kelly, but she also loves to play hostess. Ripa puts her party-planning expertise to use this summer, teaming up with Electrolux to help raise money and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. For more helpful party tips to help dial down the drama of last-minute entertaining, check out her website Kelly Confidential.