Apr 30 2010

Eating out tips!


This week the editors of Men’s Health released a list the worst seafood dishes in America.  I was shocked to read that a field of greens salad with sautéed salmon from California Pizza Kitchen clocked in at 1,227 calories, landing at #7 of “AMERICA’S WORST SEAFOOD DISHES.”  This is yet another example that you have to be very watchful of what you order at a restaurant because even the most healthy sounding dishes can be secret calorie bombs!  Click here to watch Christine Avanti on NBC News weighing on “America’s worst seafood dishes.” [link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W-qNbQghcY]

Salmon salad? If that isn't healthy than what is?

Christine Avanti’s Eating Out Tips

1. Avoid ordering salads as a meal.  A side salad with a small amount of dressing is fantastic.  However, restaurant salads that are designed as a meal are usually loaded with hidden calories from dressings, cheeses, and fried meats.  Make your “meal salads” at home!

2. Scan the entrée section of the menu for grilled, baked or roasted meat dishes that are free of sauces.   For example the “Herb crusted Salmon” at Cheesecake factory is a healthy choice.  You should split it with a friend because they give a 10 ounce portion.  Additionally, they serve it with mashed potatoes in which case I recommend requesting a substitute of brown rice (168 calories per serving) or baked potato (161 calories per serving). 

3. Order sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea or ice water with a twist of citrus instead of soda, juice, or alcohol.  Doing this will save you 100-300 calories!

For more information on what to order at restaurants check out the Fast Food Nutrition Guide from Nutritionist Christine Avanti.

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Apr 29 2010

Surprise!!! How have you surprised someone???

Well my wife Totally Surprised me for our Anniversary and my birthday! Yesterday, she had to use my car, and while she had it... She put new tires and rims on, and then had it detailed! Have someone surprised you??? Have you surprised someone???
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Apr 28 2010

What's Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor???

Baskin Robbins is doing their $.31 scoop night. What is your favorite FLAVOR?

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Poverty Has Become The New Leprosy
Aug 27 2013

Poverty Has Become The New Leprosy

Mother Theresa wrote, “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” 

Today we met a woman named Hannah in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who found herself just as Mother Theresa had described.  She was a widow with two young boys who not only found themselves naked, hungry and homeless, but unwanted, unloved and uncared for.  They were without hope, living in under a sheet of plastic on a street when World Vision found them and reached out to help.  

Since that day Hannah and her boys, Masfin and Yeabsira, have hope.  World Vision has helped Hannah and her boys find a home, granted, it’s made of mud, dung and straw and is smaller than the bathroom in my hotel room, but it’s a home.  Sponsorship has helped the boys enroll in school, and dream about what their future holds, Masfin, in fact, shared that he wants to be a doctor, because he wants to help take care of others.  This is a dream that now lives because someone thought Masfin was worth investing a dollar a day in!  

Clive and Martina, World Vision sponsors

Those people are Clive and Martina, his sponsors.  When I asked if he knew his sponsors, he proudly reached for a picture that was kept in a place of honor in their home with all of the other family photos.  Hannah expressed the love that they had for them, because their kindness was changing their family’s life and giving them hope!

World Vision sponsorship is much more about, “Teaching a man to fish and feeding him for a lifetime; than giving a man a fish and feeding him for the day.”  Yes, World Vision is making sure that Hannah and her boys have what they need, but they are also making it possible for the boys to do well in school.  They have provided a means to making some money by purchasing Hannah a washer and dryer so that she could start a business, which is now flourishing in her neighborhood.  The ability that Hannah now has to help provide for her family has built her self-confidence.  She and the boys are still living on less than $2 a day, but they are so grateful that the love from people like Clive and Martina, are giving them hope and dreams for the boys’ futures.

Mother Theresa, who spent her life caring of the poor and the leper, said it so well, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, Feed just ONE!”  You feeding and pouring into just ONE boy like Masfin can make a World of difference!  Clive and Martina’s love for this ONE boy, has transformed his entire family.  Their love for this ONE boy has sparked dreams of a life beyond the slums of Africa, a life lived helping those less fortunate.  Thanks for taking time TODAY to find the ONE World Vision child that you’ll invest in!  Let’s CHANGE the World, ONE Child at a time, visit http://www.worldvision.org/Love-around-the-world today!

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