South Beach Diet Phase 1 at Zaxby's

Zaxby's is a Southeastern U.S. restaurant chain that specializes in chicken--chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, chicken wings, and other fried goodies. But if you're on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, the options at this chain are very limited. In fact, they are pretty much limited to salads and diet soft drinks. Here is what we found to be acceptable at Zaxby's for SBD Phase 1:

Salads

The House--Mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, roma tomatoes, cheddar and jack cheeses, fried onions, and a choice of grilled chicken or fried chicken. You'll want to ask for this salad without the carrots and fried onions, and order the grilled chicken. Also ask that the Texas Toast it comes with to be omitted, and make sure you have a low-carb dressing on the side such as ranch or blue cheese.

The Caesar--Mixed greens with Parmesan cheese, bacon, croutons and your choice of fried or grilled chicken on top. Order this with the grilled chicken, ask for the croutons to be left off, and have the Caesar dressing on the side.

The Blue--Mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, roma tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, fried onions, and Buffalo chicken fingers or blackened chicken on top. Make sure you ask for them to omit the carrots and fried onions, and also ask for the blackened chicken option. Best bet for dressing is blue cheese on the side. Also with this salad, ask for the Texas Toast to be omitted.

Beverages

Water, unsweetened iced tea, diet soft drink or coffee are about all you will find at Zaxby's for SBD Phase 1.

Dessert

Have some coffee, and then eat your ricotta creme or sugar free gelatin at home.

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