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What would you find in chef Giada De Laurentiis‘s fridge when looking for a snack?

The cover star of the October issue of Health revealed her healthy snacking and cooking habits in their first-ever Food Issue, on stands Sept. 16. “I do nibble!” the Food Network star admits. “I always have a ton of precut mixed fruit in my fridge, and bowls of mixed nuts that I’ve toasted.”

The 46-year-old also keeps “grab-and-go” snacks like platters of grilled veggies and olives on-hand in the refrigerator to satisfy her hunger pangs. And for a sweet treat, De Laurentiis has her freezer stocked with dark chocolate chips. “They’re cold, so it takes longer to melt in your mouth,” she said.

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De Laurentiis has also teamed up with Health to create their 30-Day No Takeout Challenge to help those who rely on Seamless delivery a little too much.

“You don’t know what’s in your food if you’re not cooking it yourself from scratch,” the chef said. “Plus, takeout is expensive! So you save money, and you feel better about what you’re eating.”

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And although she admits she’s never been “a takeout girl,” De Laurentiis knows when to put down the work and devote time to her daughter, Jade, 8.

“I’m divorced, so it gets a little trickier when you’re a single mom, which a lot of parents are,” she said. “When you split time with your kids, when you actually have them, you don’t want to be working. Otherwise, what’s the point? This time is precious.”

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While the Italian chef undeniably loves to cook, she says her favorite part is when it comes time to eat.”To see the reaction of whom I’m feeding — that to me is the entire payoff,” she says.

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But what would she eat if she had to choose her final meal? Simply, a seven-layer chocolate cake.

“I would eat all of the frosting on the outside, then I would peel off the cake and eat the layers in between,” she explains. “I like a scavenger hunt. It’s more fun, and it takes longer to eat, so you get more pleasure out of it.”