Aug 27 2010

Healthy Back to School Snacks

Healthy Back to School Snacks

 

Busy parents are always on the lookout for simple yet healthful ways to feed their kids.  Fortunately, we here at KLOVE understand your concerns which is why we asked celebrity nutritionist, author and chef Christine Avanti for her recommendations.  Below are Christine’s suggestions for healthy back to school snacks.

 

Homemade:

Bake blueberry muffins using organic apple sauce instead of refined white sugar and butter. (http://www.christineavanti.com/Healthy-Recipe-Intro.php)

 

PB&J on mini bagels, whole wheat crackers or rice cakes - made with natural peanut butter and no sugar all natural fruit preserves.

 

Greek yogurt granola parfait made with low sugar or homemade granola.

 

Whole Wheat Bagel dipped into Fruity Cream Cheese -cream cheese mixed with organic fruit spread and fresh fruit.”

 

Honey Almond Popcorn Globes -only 64 calories!! (http://www.christineavanti.com/Healthy-Recipe-Intro.php)

 

Homemade granola

 

Quick grab and go snacks:

apple slices

blueberries

Fruitabu all organic fruit leather  (made by Kashi-no high fructose corn syrup)

string cheese

Baby Bel cheese

Popchips

hummus dip with celery, carrot and cucumbers, zucchini and red bell pepper slices instead of greasy potato chips

organic juice boxes made with real juice instead of juice made from concentrate and high fructose corn syrup


 
Cafeteria:

Hummus with veggies

Sliced fresh fruit

Yogurt fruit parfait

 

Listen to Christine discuss healthy after school snacks: part 1 & part 2

Aug 20 2010

Steel oats for abs of steel?!

Abs of Steel with Steel Cut Oats

 

If you enjoy a warm creamy bowl of instant oats for breakfast you may be missing out on getting those amazing abs of steel.  Here’s the skinny-- folks who dined on whole grains such as steel cut oats, lost more belly fat than dieters who ate refined grains, says a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Wondering why steel cut oats are so ab friendly?  Well, considering that half a cup steel cut oats has 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein whereas instant oatmeal has 3 grams fiber and 4 grams of protein.  More food for thought…..instant oatmeal has 15 ingredients including guar gum and caramel color while steel cuts oats has one ingredient (steel cut oats)!

 

Wanna try a delish belly busting breakfast? 

 

Berry Delicious Steel Cut Oats

200 Calories, 7 grams fat

 

Learn more here: http://www.christineavanti.com/KLOVE-New-You-In-52.php

 

 

 

Listen to Christine and Tony

Aug 13 2010

Weigh Down with Watermelon!

Weigh Down with Watermelon

 

WebMD calls watermelon the second best summer weight loss food and at 72 percent water common sense would agree.  But there is so much more to this lusciously sweet crispy and refreshing treat.  It not only tastes fabulous-- (I’ve never met anyone who dislikes watermelon, have you?) but it is packed with powerful antioxidants.  Watermelon is loaded with disease fighting vitamin C, vitamin A (through beta carotene) and contains more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.  Simply speaking that’s more nutrition per calorie than most other fruits.

 

Watermelon’s maga dose of antioxidants (Vitamins C, A and lycopene) neutralize free radicals, substances in the body that promote premature aging and disease.  One 2003 study from the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular consumption of watermelon juice reduced the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers. 

 

The natural sweetness found in watermelon can satisfy a nagging sweet tooth and help you avoid consuming factory made sweets and desserts often filled with trans fats, refined white sugar and high fructose corn syrup.   Watermelon is also high in potassium which helps reduce water retention and bloating.

 

Besides eating it fresh, here is another great way for you and your family to enjoy watermelon…

 

Watermelon Coconut Creamsicles

71 calories and 1.5 grams of fat

Get the recipe here: http://www.christineavanti.com/KLOVE-New-You-In-52.php

 

 

Listen to Christine talk about watermelon: Segment 1 & Segment 2