Dr. Oz: Healthy Black Eyed Peas
Dr. Oz talked to Aaron McCargo, Jr., the host of Big Daddy’s House, about how to eat healthier versions of Southern food. Southern food is often given a bad rep as unhealthy, but there are definitely ways to make it healthier.
First up was black eyed peas. These are a staple of Southern food and it turns out that they’re actually pretty good for you. They contain 11 grams of fiber in each cup. Black eyed peas bring a lot of good nutritional value and they can be added to soups, salads, rice, or quinoa. Dr. Oz revealed that black eyed peas aren’t actually of peas at all. They’re beans.
Dr. Oz: Eat Lots of Greens
Southerners love their greens and Aaron McCargo, Jr., said that greens are very healthy. A lot of people like to cook their greens for a long time, but you don’t actually have to do that. Greens and okra are both loaded with fiber, iron, and calcium, and help lower cholesterol.
Aaron suggested making a simple tempura with flour, cornstarch, and cold seltzer water and tossing the okra in it. Fry it in oil at 375 degrees until nice and crispy. For the greens, simply blanch them.
Dr. Oz: Cut Out the Salt
Instead of seasoning your veggies with salt, add a little red wine vinegar. This will make things taste a little more interesting.
Dr. Oz: Sweeten Your Iced Tea with Frozen Berries
Dr. Oz introduced Stephanie, who came from Texas to share her love of iced tea. There are a lot of health benefits to iced tea. It has antioxidants, boosts metabolism, and it can have less calories than sodas and juices.
Stephanie likes to sweeten her iced tea with frozen berries to add some sweet flavor and some extra vitamin C.