If you're trying to lose weight and tend to cheat when you snack, Dr. Mehmet Oz says you're not alone. As part of his Jan. 20 talk show, he explored different snack personality types. Find out about treats to enjoy without guilt, plus: Get an Oz-approved smoothie recipe below.
Dr. Oz's expert on smart snacking: Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietitian and author of "Eating in Color: A Rainbow of Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family" (click for details). Do you know your snacking personality? It depends on whether you enjoy chewy and salty treats like popcorn, sweet and chewy treats like candy or creamy treats like ice cream.
Tips from the "Dr. Oz show" for keeping your diet on track at the movie theater, at work and at home, based on your snack personality:
- Crunchy treats: Enjoy unsalted nuts and air-popped popcorn.
- Chew-worthy treats: Indulge without guilt in low-sugar granola bars and sugar-free dried fruit.
- Ice cream-style treats: Get the same creamy sensation with mashed banana and Greek yogurt.
In 2013, sipping smoothies became more popular than indulging in milkshakes, and it's still a food fad that's going strong in 2014. Just one problem: When you create your own with ingredients like frozen yogurt and honey, that concoction can end up with more calories than that milkshake.
Frances explained how she's created a super slimming smoothie that provides you with extra flavor minus those extra calories. It can help put you on the right track to achieving those 2014 resolutions to eat right.
The magic ingredient in the recipe below: Avocados. It has a high potassium content, says Frances, and can help replenish your body after a work out.
- 1/2 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1/2 large banana
- 1/4 cup (60g) low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 cup ice (about 2 cubes), plus more for serving
- 3/4 to 1 cup (125ml) coconut water, depending on your preferred thickness
- 1 tsp agave nectar (light or dark)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. Sprinkle additional cinnamon on top and serve.