Ellie Krieger is known for her work as a TV personality on The Food Network and Cooking Channel as the host of Healthy Appetite, whose warmth and charisma have made her the leading go-to nutritionist, with a lifestyle emphasis, in the media today. Krieger's success can be attributed to her unique way of offering real life advice without any of the gimmicks and crash diets that permeate the media today. She reaches people with her message that it is possible for anyone, given the tools and knowledge, to live life to the maximum by keeping a healthy balance and nurturing a richly satisfying and sumptuous, attainable lifestyle.
Ellie's 2005 book Small Changes Big Results was a how-to on easy-to-live-with habit changes that yield optimal results. Ellie's second book, The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life, was an immediate New York Times bestseller, peaking at #2 on that list. In addition to being named to Amazon's Customer Bestseller List for 2008, The Food You Crave won the 2009 IACP Cookbook award and the esteemed 2009 James Beard Foundation Award for â€śBest Cookbook with a Healthy Focus. Her next book, So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week, also became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her latest title, Comfort Food Fix: Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy launched in October 2011 and is a collection of healthy versions of comfort food classics.
A registered dietitian, Ellie has a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University. Ellie was an adjunct professor at New York University in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. In her years in private practice, she counseled a variety of clients, from homemakers and CEOs to notable celebrities.
Today, Ellie's extensive work in the media has earned her a loyal following and national recognition. She speaks regularly at high profile events around the country and has appeared as a guest expert on dozens of national television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, CNN, CNN HLN's Morning Express, ABC News Now and Dr. Oz. Additionally, Ellie is a contributing editor and columnist with Fine Cooking magazine and the Food Network magazine. She contributes regularly to Women's Health and Fitness magazines and has appeared in countless other mainstream publications including People, USA Weekend, Self, Better Homes & Gardens, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, More, Health, Parenting, Cooking Light, First and Prevention.
Ellie has been at the forefront of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign from the beginning when Michelle personally invited her head up the Healthy Kids Fair at the White House in 2010. Ellie prepared a colorful array of fresh fruits and vegetables in the White House kitchen and challenged dozens of children from the community to "eat the rainbow" in produce every day; a simple and easy way to engage children in a healthier lifestyle. The fair was part of Obama's Healthier US Schools Challenge. Ellie was inspired to team up with New York City Public Schools where she created healthy, delicious menu items for students citywide as well as working with the School Nutrition Association where she took action at a grass roots level with her daughter's New York City public school. In 2010 on behalf of the Food Network, Ellie testified before the House Committee on Agriculture about nutrition, healthy eating and the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.