Jul 02 2010

Healthier Cupcakes For Your 4th of July

Eating junk food has a price.  Here are some typical junk foods and the amount of exercise required to burn them off.
 

Christine’s Freedom Cupcakes  217 calories, 10 grams fat

1 hour walking the dog

Sprinkles Cupcake 475 calories, 24 grams fat

1 hour of climbing steep stairs

Snack size bag of Doritos 250 calories, 13 grams fat

1.25 hours yoga

A restaurant serving of tortilla chips and guacamole: 833 calories, 50 grams fat

2.25 hours of aerobics

Ice cream sundae, small: 279 calories, 7 grams fat

2 hours milking a cow

 For Christine’s cupcake recipe click HERE

Listen to Christine below:

Christine talks about healthy alternatives for favorite holiday foods

Christine talks CUPCAKES!

Jun 17 2010

Healthy Eating with Christine Avanti--love those avocados!

 

 

Holy Guacamole!

Avocados are not only a super food but they are also a flat tummy food.  Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which are the Kobe Bryant’s of the nutrition world when it comes to weight loss.  According to a study in the journal of Diabetes Care dieters who consumed monounsaturated fats lost more tummy fat than those eating the same number of calories but less fats. 

 

Hmmm….what’s really going on here?  Well….when we eat carbohydrates on their own…for example a bag of chips….blood sugar levels peak and send a signal to your body to store fat in your midsection.  But monounsaturated fats (such as the ones found in our dear friend the avocado) actually stop those fat accumulating blood sugar spikes dead in their tracks.  Half a cup of cubed avocado contains only 11 grams of healthy fat.  So, have some homemade guacamole and baked tortilla chips and burn some belly fat!  Who knew! 

 

Check out Christine Avanti’s Guacamole and Homemade Tortilla Chips only 152 Calories and 11 grams of fat!  Yum!

She says it takes less than 15 minutes to whip up this good-for-you fat burning snack. 

 

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

May 21 2010

Recipe for a Healthy Cookout!!!

CHRISTINE AVANTI’S ULTRA LEAN SUMMER COUNTDOWN

Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means plenty of picnics, BBQs and home cooking at its best.   Typically American BBQ fare is high in sodium, sugar and fat which is not the best way to kick off swim suit season.  Being that we only have 6 weeks to summer it’s time to kick into high gear with healthy food.  Here are some helpful tips and food for thought (no pun intended) when it comes to BBQ appetizers and side dishes.  Tune in next week because Christine will be sharing her favorite BBQ main dishes and desserts.

Memorial Day appetizer do’s and don’ts:

Skip the greasy chips and serve Popchips or baked tortilla chips.  Baked and popped chips are tastier and much lower in sodium and fat then regular chips. 

Make your own homemade chips and salsa.  Christine Avanti’s Skinny Chips and Salsa recipe has only 106 cals, 2 g fat and 45 mg sodium verses-Tostitos brand chips and salsa 150 cal, 7 g fat & 370 mg sodium!

Serve homemade bean dip with cucumber slices for only 70 calories per ¼ cup serving and almost no sodium verses store bought at 160 calories and 340 mg sodium! 

Serve grilled vegetables instead of sugar laden baked beans, fat coated macaroni and potato salad.  Grilled veggies provide fiber, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Most importantly they won’t cause a blood sugar spike or bloating.

Serve fruit essence water (water served with fresh berries and mint) or homemade unsweetened iced tea garnished with citrus instead of soda and beer and reduce your intake of sodium, sugar and alcohol.  

Check out Christine’s Haute and Healthy Recipes for your Memorial Day Bash:

Santorini Lemon Feta Dip

 

Portobello Caprese Salad with Citrus Thyme Balsamic

Christine Avanti’s Skinny Chips & Fire Roasted Salsa  

Looking for more recipes?  Christine’s new book Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads  offers 100 recipes and 21 days fat melting meal plans.