Nov 19 2010

Christine Avanti's tips for surviving Thanksgiving dinner!

Did you know that at Thanksgiving dinner, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 230 grams of fat? 


And that’s not counting breakfast and late night left-overs!  To burn it off you would have to run for 7 hours or lift weighs for 10 hours or do pilates for 20 hours- good grief!  Thank goodness we have our favorite celebrity nutritionist and chef Christine Avanti (oh- she’s on fire for Jesus too) on our side to help us get through this holiday season- after all this is the most fattening time of the year. 


Christine’s Thanksgiving Survival Tips:


1)  Choose sweet potatoes over mashed potatoes with gravy.


2)  Skip the rolls even if they are whole wheat- they are high in carbs and you will probably find other carbs that you will enjoy even more. 


3) Go for broccoli over green bean casserole or make your green beans with sautéed caramelized onions instead of cream of mushroom soup and fried onions. 


4) Eat the pumpkin pie filling and leave the crust behind.


5) Enjoy white meat turkey with cranberry and nix the gravy.


If you like candied yams or sweet potatoes – you will love Christine’s Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Crunch topping.

176 calories, 6 grams of fat


They are infused with fresh cranberries for fiber and an antioxidant boost.  Organic coconut sugar, which is low on the glycemic index (it does not spike insulin like refined sugar), organic shredded coconut and coconut oil which has a compound called lauric acid that helps boost immunity and metabolic rate! 


Learn more about Christine and get Christine's Healthy Sweet Potato Recipe here:


Listen to Christine's great tips and entire conversation right here: part 1 and part 2


Sep 24 2010

Tony Horton on remaining motivated to exercise

Tony Horton, creator of the P90X workout series is our guest and the question this week is this: How does one remain motivated to exercise when surrounded by people who don't see it as a priority? Is it possible to "go it alone?" Tony says "Yes!" Learn more about Tony here:

Listen to Tony here and here

Sep 24 2010

Christine Avanti on Budget and Body Friendly Bananas

Budget and Body Friendly Bananas



Ever wonder about the benefits of this sweet delicious and versatile fruit?  Well look no further; here is the skinny on bananas.


Banana’s are loaded with potassium which is essential for proper muscle contractions such as pumping of the heart, digestion, and muscle movement.  A few studies have linked low potassium intake to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease. 


Bananas are also abundant in tryptophan and essential amino acid that helps the body to produce serotonin – a hormone which provides a calming effect on the brain and creates a stable mood.  It should be noted that essential amino acids such as tryptophan are only obtained through our diet – the body does not produce tryptophan on its own.  Consuming bananas is one of the simplest ways to get tryptophan into our diet.


Bananas are also a high in vitamin B6 which plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and enhancing immunity.  Finally, one banana contains 16% of your daily value of fiber which is known to help lower the risks of diabetes and heart disease. 


The best thing about bananas is that they are very inexpensive; 79 cents per bunch of conventionally grown bananas and 99 cents per bunch of organically grown bananas.  You can toss them into cereal, yogurt parfaits, smoothies, salads and baked goods. 


Check out Christine’s Better Banana Bread---its got only 93 calories per slice, 1.5 gm fat, 18 gm carbs, 2 gm protein!

Get the recipe here:



Listen to Christine here