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.