I am grateful to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen! After reading their book YOU On a Diet and following their eating plan for a month, there is now 11 pounds less of me. For all of my adult years, I have avoided the dreaded d-word by accepting my body as it is and embracing my theory of being active, cooking with fresh ingredients, and enjoying all things in moderation. Although I still wholeheartedly believe in those ideas and have in the last month sampled a bit of this and even a slice of that, I turned to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen to gain more knowledge about healthy food choices and acquire structure in my meal planning.
For the first two weeks, I followed the YOU diet as closely as possible. I made a grocery list, cleared out a cupboard for my foods, and embraced new recipes such as Mediterranean Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbed White Beans (yum!), Apricot Chicken and Green Beans with Almond Slivers (double yum!), and Royal Pasta Primavera Provencale (wow!). The flavors are intense and although I do actually feel hungry between meals or snacks (a new sensation for me), I am always satisfied after eating .
My favorite parts of the the YOU meal plan are the snacks. I have one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. When a bad case of the hungries strike, I know I have a delicious snack to look forward to in just about an hour. During the week I choose easy snacks such as Greek yogurt, mixed nuts with dried fruit, or popcorn. On the weekends, however, I often make a batch of Tomato-Avocado Salsamole as a treat.
The Tomato-Avocado Salsamole requires a little bit of mincing and chopping, but it is so worth it. I feel like a queen when I sit down with my bamboo bowl of healthy guacamole and lightly toasted whole wheat pita triangles. Because I'm not stuffing myself with processed snacks, everything tastes better. I thoroughly enjoy the creaminess of the avocado spiked with the kick of the jalapeño and cider vinegar. The contrast with the warmed pitas is every bit as satisfying to me as a bag of BBQ Fritos and a tub of French onion dip.
Even if you're not on a d-word or you've never read Dr. Oz's and Dr. Roizen's book, Tomato-Avocado Salsamole is a wonderful after school snack, evening treat, or party food. It is creamy, flavorful, and oh, so satisfying.
recipe from YOU On A Diet by Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon minced Jalapeño, or more to taste
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ripe Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and coarsely mashed (use the back of a fork or a pastry blender)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- Combine onion, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt in bowl.
- Add avocado, tomato, and cilantro; stir well.
- Serve immediately or, to store, reserve avocado pit, add to mixture to prevent browning, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
- Serve with lightly toasted whole wheat pita cut into triangles.