Guilt-Free Southern Comfort Food

Guilt-Free Southern Comfort Food

Nutritionist Carolyn O’Neil, author of “The Slim Down South Cookbook,” joins Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live with a healthier take on foods from the land of biscuits and bacon. Does Southern food get a bad rap? Is there any way to cook a healthy fried chicken? Carolyn’s book, “The Slim Down South Cookbook” is available now?

biscuits and bacon. Welcome become to "Access Hollywood live." Here with some good old southern food, sometimes it goes straight to your hips, your backside. Why do I eat? Nutritioolyn o'neil is with us, a healthier take on southern food favorites. The south really does get a bad rap. We do! I wrote this book with "Southern live ingliving," the first healthy southern healthy cookbooks. Healthy and southern? You bet your biscuits. Do you say that? Better than the other. Think about it. The south, you're from Atlanta. This is where the farms are in the south, the farmer's markets. It's not just fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, even though we do have that. It's pecans. Grits Rand and greens and peaches and okra. Just a beautiful bounty of the south. Now, on the cover of the book you can see there is a piece of fried chicken. How do you make a healthy fry ed chicken, Caroline? In the southern living test kitchens, this kitchen is 40% lower in fat than a classic fried chicken you get at a fast food place I won't name and it just as crunchy, delicious. I don't know if you want to just bite into one. I do have napkins. You may want to take a little piece. Oh, my gosh! That is the size of a boat. I'm a drumstick guy. You know what's good about it? The skin. There is no skin. That's the secret. And we lowered the saturated fat what's crispy in there is whole wheat flour, ginger and paprika for the spices. You get the crunch but not the calories. That's good. It lowers the saturated fat, too, because as a registered dietitian we want you to be happy and healthy. Pecan slaw. We have napa cabbage. Scallions. Radishes. Apple slices. Crunchy and of course the pecans. Now, the dressing is sweet and spicy. We have lemon juice, honey. Why the sweet comes from. We have hot sauce, why with the spice comes from. I like it spicy. And black pepper, want a little more spice, little canola oil, heart healthy fat. Celery salt, little different zipty do Diaw. If you want to do just do the honors. I will do that. Kit you want a little? It is about portion control, too. We'll get into that. You know what's cool about the slim part of slimdown south, S, savor the south. That's got a little kick to it. All of these recipes are at access Hollywood live.com. Her book southern living slimdown south, best food, do it slimmer. It's in stores right now. Still to come, does your mug have the power to be the next big thing? Lydia Hearst is up next. Let's talk about the potato salad. Oh, we're coming back. We're here. S and L and I and M. It means something. What does it mean? L, linger longer. I, indulge a little because we -- there's a whole chapter on desserts. A little berry Cobler. M is make it happen. You have to have the southern grit and grace to say, no thank you for the second helpings. But then ask for the recipe. How cute is Carolyn. Billy! She takes two syllables and makes it three. Let me tell you something, this dressing is an absolute home run. It is kit and Billy certified. You must clerk it out. I want to try the Poe Tate potato salad.