South Beach Diet Phase 1 at Hooters

When you think of Hooters restaurants, you think of three things-beer, chicken wings, and I think you know the third. So if you're trying to stick to Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, Hooters may seem like it's going to sabotage you from the start. But there are options-namely, a couple of salads and most of the seafood dishes. And you'll need to stick to water or diet soda to wash it down. Lucky for most of you guys that are trying to stick to Phase 1, looking at the waitresses won't cost you any calories-just maybe a slap from your wife or girlfriend. Here are the acceptable Phase 1 options for most Hooters restaurants:

Appetizers

You'll have to skip them, because they are all carb-laden, fried, or both.

Salads

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad-Romaine lettuce with shaved Parmesan cheese, grilled chicken, croutons and a creamy Caesar dressing. You'll want to ask for the croutons to be omitted and ask for the dressing on the side, but otherwise this is a very acceptable Phase 1 option.

Grilled Chicken Garden Salad-Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots and croutons are topped with grilled chicken. Ask for no carrots or croutons, and make sure you order a low-carb dressing like ranch or blue cheese, on the side.

Seafood

Snow Crab Legs-Any kind of broiled or steamed seafood is Phase 1 gold, and this one is no exception. Plus, you'll have fun cracking the shells. Just use more lemon and cocktail sauce than melted butter.

Steamed Shrimp-Same thing as the crab legs, a perfect protein that isn't cooked in any added fat or breaded-just steamed goodness.

Steamed Clams-See crab legs and shrimp, the same applies here.

Steamed Oysters-See crab legs, shrimp, and clams. But you can also have the added fun of seeing if oysters are indeed an aphrodisiac.

Beverages

Hooters offers water, Diet Pepsi, unsweetened iced tea, or coffee.

Dessert

Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Cake are all pure sabotage for Phase 1. So have some coffee and then go home to have ricotta crème or sugar free gelatin.

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