The Joy Fit Club: Chase’s Green Smoothie Recipe


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Joy’s Fit Club

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb introduce the newest member of The Joy Fit Club, Chase Petit from New Orleans. Chase  lost 158 pounds while going from 370 pounds to his new weight of 212.

Chase Petit: Emotional Eater

Kathie Lee, Hoda and Joy Bauer induct the newest member of The Joy Fit Club, Chase Petit

Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Joy Bauer induct the newest member of The Joy Fit Club, Chase Petit, who lost 158 pounds.


Chase Petit tells Kathie Lee and Hoda he was never a big kid. Then, in the fourth grade he became depressed and his weight started to balloon.

Being in New Orleans, he ate a lot of Cajun-styled fried food, some ladeled with cream. His parents tried to help him lose weight, but with no success.

When he got his drivers license at age 16, he would drive to fast food restaurants and order too much food and binge. Chase says he was emotionally attached to food.


Chase Petit: 370 Pounds During Freshmen Year Of College

During his freshmen year of college, Chase Petit weighed in at his heaviest: 370 pounds. Chase decided enough was enough and transferred to a bigger and more diverse school that put him in an environment where exercise was easily accessible.

Chase followed the Nutrisystem diet for 2 months. While on Nutrisystem, it taught him how to use portion control and become a healthy eater.

Now Chases’s diet and exercise routine is different than his childhood. He feels lighter on his feet and in his best shape ever. Now Chase Petit can run 4 miles with no problems. He now weighs 212 pounds. It took Chase a year and a half to lose the weight and he just wants people to see his journey and see where you could be tomorrow.

Joy Bauer: The Joy Fit Club

Kathie Lee and Hoda welcome Joy Bauer, Today Show nutritionist and author of The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan and Inspiration, to the show to discuss how Chase did it. Joy says that Chase Petiti started out with asking himself the question: If I start losing weight today, where will I be tomorrow? Joy says that thought was so exciting and encouraging for him.

Joy Bauer: Simple and Quick Breakfast Ideas

Like most college students, Chase Petit would wake up and run to class, be in class all day and then come home and binge eat. Joy Bauer gave Chase new simple, quick and healthy breakfast ideas to help get him through the day. For breakfast, Chase now has three menu options: 1) bowl of cereal, soy milk and an apple for 370 calories, 2) slice of toast with some almond butter and banana slices for 310 calories or 3) a green shake that Chase has made for 350 calories.

Chase’s Green Smoothie Recipe


  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1-2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Unsweetened original almond milk (as needed, for drinkable consistency)


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend until smooth


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