Dr Oz: How To Stop Mindless Snacking
Dr Oz was joined by Nicole and Erin, whose family members helped catch them during their mindless, unhealthy snacking. Dr Oz said that just about all of us struggle with snacking when we’re bored or anxious, so he wanted to share how you can overcome and avoid mindless eating.
He enlisted psychologist Dr Ramani Durvasula, author of You Are Why You Eat, who first suggested that if you feel yourself wanting a snack, first try to instead reach for a warm drink like tea or warm water. Warm liquids can help soothe you, which is what we often want from food.
Dr Oz: Replace Snacking + Remember To HALT
Second, replace the snacking with other activities you enjoy like reading, watching TV, or talking on the phone with a friend.
Finally, remember the word HALT, which stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. Notice if you’re snacking or wanting a snack, because of one of those four things. Only snack if you’re hungry, not to manage the other emotions. It’s better to work on better, more effective ways to cope with emotions.
Dr Oz: Portion-Control Baggie
Dr Oz said that for Nicole, who likes to make trips to the vending machine for a pick-me-up at work, he suggested she actually embrace the snack-size baggie. Her friend Kenya, said it’s portion control, which is just enough to get her through. Dr Oz likes to use the small baggies for cashews, and Nicole said she would choose popcorn.
Nicole admitted that she wanted something more decadent that she would enjoy eating and Dr Oz threw the bag aside and said, “Forget this idea.” He explained that Candice Kumai had healthy swaps for all of your favorite snacks.
Dr Oz: Healthier Snack Options
Candice shared that she’s a total snacker and likes to change things up to make treats more enticing. Candice explained that if you like to snack on cookies and candies, she created a cinnamon popcorn out of regular popcorn seasoned with coconut oil spray and cinnamon.
Dr Oz: Healthy Snack Choices
If you love chips, you can snack on rosemary garlic almonds, for which you can find a recipe below. If you like frozen yogurt and ice cream, a healthier alternative is to combine frozen berries and grapes and enjoy those instead. Erin said she really liked the fruit.
Finally, instead of soda, try infused water. Just add your favorite herbs and fruits to water for a healthy flavorful kick. Dr Oz asked his audience which snack they liked the most and they chose the frozen berries, while Dr Oz said he would have gone with the nuts.
Dr Oz: Rosemary Garlic Almonds Recipe Ingredients
- 3 C whole, raw almonds
- 1 1/2 tbsp granulated garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Dr Oz: Rosemary Garlic Almonds Recipe Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put raw almonds on sheet tray & place on middle rack. Bake for 10 minutes
- Remove almonds from the oven & let cool slightly.
- Add olive oil to then pan & coat the almonds with the oil.
- Add the garlic powder, rosemary, & sea salt & toss the almonds until thoroughly coated.
- Put almonds back into the oven & roast for 10-15 more minutes, depending on how crispy you want them to be.
- The almonds can be stored for up to two weeks.