May 21 2010

Recipe for a Healthy Cookout!!!


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.



May 21 2010

What is the BEST Video Game Ever???

What is the Best video game of ALL TIME??? Pac-Man is turning 30 today... and it got me to thinking about what you think is the Best Video Game EVER???
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May 21 2010

What Comfort Food Do you REALLY Miss???

What comfort foods do REALLY miss that you can't find where you live??? I spoke with a friend who delivers Blue Bell Ice Cream, and I can't get that here in California, that is so sad!!!... If you have moved, what comfort do you miss???
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Heading to Afghanistan Saturday
Feb 21 2012

Heading to Afghanistan Saturday

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Can moms with different parenting styles be friends? TODAY Moms


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2/21/2012 2:48:04 PM
Elaine United States
Now Kelli, you are assuming that Scott was the only man who used the female bathroom.  You said when you walked in the paper towel was not on the floor.  He admitted to using the bathroom and also admitted throwing the towel on the floor.  If you think about it, he is not the only man who works there.  Another man could have seen Scott come out of the bathroom and think how much he needed to go and followed his example and used the bathroom. he could have left the seat up and also pick up the towel.  
2/21/2012 2:50:32 PM
Elaine United States

Don't go with the stereotype that all service animals are for known reasons i.e. Blind people, etc.  There are many types of service dogs for seizure disorders, ptsd, etc.  The dogs can be of all sizes.  The one distinguishing feature will always be the Service Harness that all service dogs should wear proudly.
2/21/2012 4:12:59 PM
Ashton United States
Scott, i have to say kudos to you for not being ashamed
2/24/2012 10:41:21 AM
Dean Somsers United States
Dean Somsers
   I am amazed they are letting you go to Afghanistan with all of the Anti-American sentiment brewing over the Quran burning.  Also, in light of the recent beheadings of five individuals who were reportedly sympathizers/collaborators with the Afghan government, it would seem the State Department would have put out an advisory on travel.  I am deploying to Afghanistan and as an intelligenc officer, can tell you that depending on where you are going, you may have a pretty rocky ride.  Make sure your personal effects are in order and that your will and power of attorney are current.  Not trying to be too sober here, but in the military, we do this everytime we deploy.
2/24/2012 10:42:33 AM
Dean Somers United States
Dean Somers
   Someone posted a profanity on your facebook wall. It is an image that has the "F" word in it.  You may want to take it down.
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