Even if you've slipped up on your New Year's resolution to eat better, hope remains. Bob Greene, who became famous for helping talk show queen Oprah Winfrey lose weight, wants to help.
His best-selling book, "The Best Life Diet," is helping thousands to slim down. His plan has three phases and even includes information about which six foods to avoid. Get some of the book's featured recipes below.
Greene's six foods to avoid:
Soda is empty calories and sugar, so you have to cut it out. Instead, drink water, low-fat or fat-free milk, or tea. Fruit juices are good too, but remember, fruit juice, not fruit drink.
Transfats. They clog your arteries, they're high in calories, and they may even make your body store fat in the abdominal area. Aside from being unsightly, it's also bad for your health. You'll find these in cookies and baked goods which might be made with margarine.
Fried foods. I mean, even if you use a good fat oil like olive oil to fry foods, anything fried has a lot of calories. Try things that are oven baked instead of fries. There are calories either way, but oven baked has fewer.
White bread. You don't have to get rid of carbs entirely, but white bread is made from refined grains, which are stripped of their most nutritional parts, so you're eating empty calories. Instead, we want you eating bread made form 100 percent whole wheat or whole grains.
High-fat milk and yogurt. Use 1 percent or non-fat dairy in their place, which are often just as good, only with lower cholesterol, fat, and calories.
Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
2 cups 8th Continent Light Chocolate Soymilk
2 tablespoons Smart Balance Chunky Peanut Butter
½ cup Better'n Eggs All Whites 100 percent liquid egg whites
2 bananas, frozen
1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Protein: 18 g
Carbohydrate: 43 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 336 mg
Calcium: 306 mg
NOTE: Round out your breakfast with ½ cup of blackberries (fresh or frozen, thawed) and a Wasa cracker spread with a teaspoon of Smart Balance spread to bring you up to about 400 calories and 9 g of fiber.
Chicken Wrap with Fresh Basil
Makes 1 serving
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
½ cup (2.5 oz.) rotisserie chicken, off bone, skin removed, and chopped
½ stalk celery, chopped
5 baby carrots, diced
1 large white button mushroom, sliced
1 teaspoon finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon Hellmann's Canola Cholesterol-free mayo
1 tablespoon mustard
5 fresh basil leaves, shredded
1 Flatout Multi-Grain Flatbread
1. Combine chicken, celery, carrots, mushroom, onion, mayonnaise, mustard and basil in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt.
2. On one of the rounded ends of the flatbread, place chicken mixture and roll.
Protein: 30 g
Carbohydrate: 26 g
Dietary Fiber: 11 g
Total Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
Cholesterol: 53 mg
Sodium: 733 mg
Calcium: 71 mg
NOTE: Round out this meal by having a heaping cup of chopped fruit topped with a 6-oz. of light yogurt (i.e., Yoplait) .
Rotini with Wilted Spinach, White Beans and Tomato Basil Sauce
Makes 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes