Dr Oz: Make Diet Food Taste Delicious
Diet food has a pretty bad reputation and even 80% of people agreed that dieting is boring. Dr Oz was thrilled to welcomed Editor-at-Large of “The Good Life Magazine” his wife, Lisa Oz. Lisa and Dr Oz explained that if the food you’re eating isn’t delicious and satisfying, you won’t eat it. That’s why it’s important to make sure the healthy food you’re serving or eating, is tasty too! Lisa knew that if they were to share healthy recipes in their magazine that didn’t taste good, no one would actually eat it. That’s why they went to chefs to find the best tasting food that actually helps you stick to your diet.
The magazine partnered with Hilton Head Health in South Carolina to find the best ways to make diet food delicious. The goal was to find food that’s good for you, can help you lose weight, and tastes good. To make losing weight delicious, you can first bake your breakfast. Lisa explained that baked goods in the morning make you feel like you’re eating dessert. You want sweet flavors, but you want layers of flavor from fruit, nuts, and other healthy ingredients other than sugar.
Lisa absolutely loves to make Banana Date Walnut Muffins in her own home. Those muffins have 10 less grams of sugar than regular muffins.
Dr Oz: Healthier, Tastier Salad
When it comes to lunch or dinner, you should “raise the salad bar.” Instead of that calorie- and fat-loaded dressing over iceberg lettuce, try adding fresh herbs, different vegetables, seasonings, nuts, and seeds that have a lot of flavor themselves, so you don’t need the dressing for flavor. Lisa loves to make a salad with cantaloupe, cucumbers, and chives with salt, olive oil, and lemon.
Dr Oz: Mix Up Your Grill Routine + Grilled Fruit
You can also “up your grill game” to add flavor to food. Karla Williams, the executive chef at Hilton Head Health, explained that the caramelization from the grill will bring out the naturally sweet flavor in anything. Some great foods to grill include pineapple, veggies, and even pizza! Use a store-bought whole wheat pizza dough topped with a healthy marinara sauce, fresh veggies, and herbs. Peaches, mangoes, and tomatoes are other great foods to throw on the grill.
Dr Oz: Pick A Carb To Avoid Boring Dinners
Another one of Lisa’s tips for spicing up your meal and avoiding the boring diet trend is to play the “pick a carb” game. Once a week, choose your grain, whether it’s bulgar wheat, quinoa, millet, farro, or another. Then pair it with a lean protein and healthy vegetables. Dr Oz suggested that you start with millet, saying it has a nice buttery flavor. Some of Lisa’s favorite carbs are farro with thyme and mushrooms, quinoa with Indian spices and mung beans, and millet with deconstructed pesto.