Dip for Obesity

Uploaded by famsciEIU on 02.07.2010

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Hi, my name is Jill Barnes, and I'm a graduate dietetics student
here at Eastern Illinois University.
Today, I'm here to talk to you about obesity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates
have increased dramatically in the past 20 years.
They found that in 2008, only one state in our union
has a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
They also found that 32 states have a prevalence of obesity of
equal or greater than 25%, and 6 of those states
have a prevalence of obesity greater than 30%.
So where does Illinois fall in all of these statistics?
Illinois has a prevalence of obesity of 26.4%.
It is obvious that obesity is a growing
health concern for America.
And along with obesity come multiple other health issues.
Obesity is known to contribute to hypertension, coronary heart
disease, type-II diabetes, stroke, liver and gall bladder
disease, sleep apnea, and a host of other health issues.
Losing weight is a challenge, especially in social situations.
Today, I'm going to show you a recipe for a healthy
and colorful appetizer that you can bring along with you
to a party that will help you maintain your weightloss and
stick to a healthy lifestyle.
This dip will be a substitute for those cream cheese and sour
cream dips that only provide excess fat and calories.
So first you will need a green pepper, a red pepper, tomatoes,
green onions, black-eyed peas, a can of shoepeg corn, some
fat-free Italian dressing, and some Greek seasoning to taste.
The first thing you'll need to do is open, drain, and rinse
the cans of black-eyed peas and shoepeg corn.
Once you've done that, you can mix them together in a bowl that
you plan on serving your dip in.
The next thing we're going to add is the green and red pepper.
First, you'll start off by cutting the top of your
green pepper just right off.
Then, it's easy to chop it in half and clean out the inside.
So just take out the seeds from the middle.
Once you've done that, you can go ahead and chop your
green pepper into small, bite-sized pieces.
It's important that it's bite-sized, because we are
going to be eating the dip raw, and we're not cooking anything.
So, in order to maintain that crunch and have it
fit in your mouth easily, bite-sized is the best size.
So once you have cut up all of your green pepper, you can go
ahead and add it to your dip.
And I've already got the rest of our red and green pepper cut up,
so I'll just add it now.
The next thing is the tomato.
And you do the same thing.
We'll just chop it up into bite-sized pieces, and I'll just
add the rest of that as well.
As you can see, this is a very simple recipe,
just chop and drop as you go.
The next thing is the green onion.
So we're going to use all of the green onion.
We'll cut off the root and discard that, and then again
bite-sized pieces is what you're looking for.
So run your knife through quickly, and you'll get all
those nice bite-sized pieces.
Once you finish cutting the whole green onion,
you can go ahead and drop that in as well.
Then you can just mix it all together so that everything
comes together and is mixed evenly.
Now, the next part is very simple.
The last ingredients are the Italian dressing
and the Greek seasoning.
The Italian dressing you want to use just half of the bottle.
If it's easier, you can buy a small bottle of
Italian dressing, in order to add it to your mix.
Or like I did, you can buy a full bottle
of Italian dressing and just use half.
So as I open the bottle I'll just squeeze it in.
And this again is very easy, you just dump it all in.
And then make sure you use just about half.
And then the Greek seasoning you're
just going to use to taste.
So I use about a handful, but it's all up to you.
Then just combine.
And it's ready to serve.
You can eat this dip with crackers or with
chips of your choice.
If you're trying to maintain healthy weight and make healthy
choices, you can choose one of these crackers that I have here.
This cracker is only 90 calories per serving, and this cracker
provides 5 grams of fiber per serving, both of which will help
you maintain your weightloss.
And so 1 serving of crackers and 1 serving of dip is about 130
calories, which is a great way to maintain your calories
and still have fun in a social situation.
I'm Jill Barnes, and thanks for watching.
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