February 28, 2012

What Giuliana Rancic says she snacks on

There's no wonder why there is a bit of controversy swirling around Giuliana Rancic's obsessive approach to her diet and exercise. She looks undeniably gaunt and thin. Personally, I think she is very underweight and after reading an article she wrote that revealed her daily diet, it was clear that she maintains her low weight by not eating enough calories for her body's needs. Giuliana has defended herself numerous times for her skinny look and has blamed the superficial industry she works in.

Despite what I would call a unhealthy mindset to diet and exercise, Giuliana has launched a new website called Fab, Fit and Fun, where she helps readers with a facet of girly questions, like what to snack on. I don't think that girls should be trying to emulate her look and I am undecided as to how I feel about her promoting a healthy lifestyle when it's questionable whether she represents one. In saying that, I agreed with all the snack suggestions she recently posted on her website so I reposted her ideas and comments below. I'm keen to try the kale chips; has anyone done this at home? Let me know how you feel about Giuliana's new website.

Kale Chips
I am so obsessed with kale. It’s tasty and just really healthy. My fave snack secret is making kale chips at home. It’s super simple — just tear up a head of kale, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Pop it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 and voilĂ  — you have crispy, crunchy perfection! If you don’t wanna make them you can always buy them at T.J.’s or Whole Foods.

Celery and Light Cream Cheese
This is a fun deviation from hummus that always brings me back to being a little kid. I love the crunch from the celery and the light cream cheese adds protein. Use light veggie or scallion cream cheese for extra flavor.

Lydia’s Bars
My new fave, must-have bars — I carry one with me everywhere! The super delish bars are made with all raw, organic, vegan ingredients so you can always feel good about what you are putting into your body. I love the lemon ginger and tropical flavors.

Berry Parfait
So simple but so good. Simply take low-fat yogurt (I am still all about the Greek Fage) and layer with a variety of berries — strawberries, blueberries, raspberries — anything you want. A perfect breakfast or late night sweet treat.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Just because Thanksgiving has passed does not mean you should pass on pumpkin seeds. Packed with antioxidants and fiber, put these babies in a Ziploc and take them on the road.

Hard-Boiled Egg
Protein is a great way to fight hunger and hard-boiled eggs are a perfect source. Many trainers I know recommend buying a carton of eggs at the beginning of the week, hard-boiling them up, and keeping them in the carton to use as a snack throughout the week. I do one whole egg and one egg white per snack.

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