01/17/2014 03:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Three Ingredients To Avoid, From Ellie Krieger (VIDEO)

Ellie Krieger, nutritionist and author of Weeknight Wonders recommends avoiding these three unhealthy food items.

"First of all, I never say never!" Ellie told us, explaining that eating healthy is all about portion control and compromise. There are, however, certain unhealthy food items that Ellie chooses not to keep in her kitchen.

First: ice cream. Ellie recommends keeping ice cream out of the house to encourage portion control. If you have a craving, make the trip and take the family out to get a small serving of ice cream to avoid overeating.

Another rule of thumb: avoid anything made with hydrogenated vegetable oil. "This is a bad trans fat that is worse for your heart than any other food!" Ellie insisted. "You’ll find it in a lot of packaged cookies and cakes."

Finally: artificial coloring. Many foods made for children have artificial color, like yogurts. Ellie suggests never keeping these items in the house.

See more of Ellie's delicious tips here

Tips From Ellie Krieger's New Cookbook, "Weeknight Wonders"

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