Phew. That’s a mouthful! But do I have an EXCITING post for you today! I have an awesome interview to share with Robert Irvine! Well, let me re-phrase that, I do not, my amazing PR AGENT/BFF/Guest blogger Shannon does! Plus, she has some amazing photos from the event! Oh, and that’s not all (I sound like I’m selling something on an infomercial), I have a GIVEAWAY for y’all too! So, let’s get the fun started!
Hi guys! Shannon here!
I was lucky enough to meet with Robert Irvine, host of Restaurant Impossible and Dinner Impossible on the Food Network, last week (that’s me sharing a longing glance with him above) to chat about avocados, blogging and how he stays so insanely fit. It was amazing because one of the first thing he said to us bloggers was this.
“You know blogging is really important because it educates people, just like TV…I think there are some amazing bloggers who are better than TV shows, because I think you take it more serious than some of the professionals.”
I think we could agree to that. For most of us, this is simply more fun! I mean, who else gets to dedicate a day to write about their favorite recipes, or outfits or experience? For my good friend Claire, I know blogging isn’t’ just something to do, it’s her life, her dream, her passion. So to say she takes it pretty serious is an understatement.
Now, we could talk blogging for hours, but we’re hear to talk about something delicious, something I know Claire loves (have you seen this pasta?) The avocado. Which ties in perfectly to this interview I had last Friday with Robert Irvine. You see, he doesn’t just like the avocado, he loves it. Enough to eat it everyday for 85 days.
Irvine teamed up with Subway Restaurants for the challenge in an effort to promote health, nutrition, and of course our favorite avocado in the Subway ADD-vocado challenge.
“Avocados have such great properties, you know? Vitamin B, vitamin K vitamin E; it’s good for your body,” Irvine said.
In addition to promoting the challenge last Friday in Universal’s City Walk in LA, Robert was actually making the sandwiches too! Yep, he was donning a Subway t-shirt and was whipping up sandwiches for hungry folks. Oh, and he was paying for the ones that had avocado!
“People say ‘oh you know an avocado, it’s full of fat,’ but it’s a good fat. We all go around and eat French fries, you know, but we won’t eat avocados,” Irvine said.
Most of us are more familiar with Irvine in his role as the hard ass restaurant rebuilder. So while we are aware of how fit he is, we are not always aware of his expertise in nutrition. Which is strange, considering the size of his biceps.
It was this expertise that drove Irvine to team up with Subway, agreeing to show the benefits and versatility of avocados.
“I paired with Subway because of nutrition. I believe in the calorie counts that they do and the protein numbers and I also believe that because they are on every corner, no matter where I am, if I want a sandwich I can get the same sandwich no matter where I go to,” Irvine said.
It is not only his calorie counting that adds to Irvine’s expert fitness, but also his gym schedule (every day but Sunday) and his ability to think ahead, which he urges parents and everyone else to do as well.
“You buy your product on a Sunday, you take a couple of hours to prep your meals in advance; you know you can cook rice in advance, you can cook pastas in advance. So when you get home dinner only takes 10 minutes,“ He suggested.
And if you are wondering how to incorporate that little green fruit into dinner, Irvine spouted out a host of delicious sounding delectable’s avocados could be used in.
“You can make soufflés, you can make dressings from this, salads, sandwiches, you can make pies with this, you can make ice cream. You can pretty much do anything with an avocado because its not got a sweetness, sourness, or bitterness to it. It’s just endless,” Irvine pointed out.
Photo op! Some great tips were also given about the tricky little fruit. Irvine suggests buying avocados more firm so they will be ripe by the time you eat them later in the week. He also claims that if you keep the skin, prepare the avocado then seal the meat of the fruit and other additions back into the skin and wrap it with plastic wrap, the avocado will not brown!
I’d listen to him if I were you. In addition to eating tons of avocados, Robert has also teamed up with Michelle Obama fully supporting the first lady’s initiative against childhood obesity, and showing his support for her “Choose My Plate” and “Let’s Move” programs. To catch more or Irvine on the go, tweet him at @Robertirvine1.
Thanks Shannon for the INCREDIBLE photos and the amazing interview! Now, it’s time to share what you guys can win!
$20 Subway gift card, courtesy of Subway and Catalyst PR
An avocado starter set with 6 California avocados, a peeler and recipe guide, courtesy of ME! [Valued at over $40]
Tadaa! The lucky winner will be able to try some of Subway’s delicious new avocado sandwiches and then try their hand at whipping up a dish with this amazing fruit at home! Tweet Mr. Irvine, I’m sure he’d be happy to share some recipes!
How to win:
- Leave a comment saying your favorite way to use avocados. [Be sure to leave a valid email so I can contact you if you win!]
- Follow me (@realnutritioncg) on twitter
- Follow Subway (@subway) on twitter
- Follow me on Pinterest (clairev13)
- Tweet: “I just read an interview w/ @robertirvine1 and entered to win avocado @subway prizes from @realnutritioncg! Enter here http://bit.ly/MNz6lr”
And leave a comment saying you did! Giveaway ends Wednesday, June 20th at midnight. Good luck!