South Beach Diet General Dining Out Tips
Many of you have seen the numerous hubs I've written on South Beach Diet Phase 1 and how to stay on that plan in various chain restaurants. Here are some general Phase 1 tips that can be used at those establishments, or at any other restaurant.
Yes: Something like crab stuffed mushrooms, or shrimp cocktail are acceptable.
No: Just about everything else, because most appetizers are breaded and/or deep fried, or are a dip served with bread or chips.
Yes: Most salads are perfectly acceptable, and make great main course options on Phase 1, particularly when grilled chicken or shrimp is added on top. Be sure to stick with a low-carb dressing such as ranch or blue cheese on the side.
No: Things you should have omitted if they come with a salad you'd like are carrots, beets, breaded chicken, high fat cheese, croutons, mandarin oranges or corn. And dressings that are low fat are usually higher in sugar, so beware. Also avoid fruit juice-infused dressings.
Yes: Broth based soups such as onion soup, but without the crouton and all the cheese.
No: Almost all other soups, because they are either loaded with potatoes and/or carrots, or cream based.
Yes: Grilled meats such as chicken, lean beef (sirloin steak), fish, pork, or shellfish, with any acceptable sauces on the side such as pesto, lemon butter, or tomato salsa.
No: Anything breaded or fried, fatty cuts of meat such as ribeye, all pastas, all potato dishes, or anything served between two pieces of bread.
Yes: Grilled or steamed vegetables (except those high in sugar), side salad with low carb dressing, sliced tomatoes, or refried beans.
No: Potatoes, pasta, fried vegetables, corn, carrots, or beets
Yes: Water, sparkling water, diet soft drink, unsweetened iced tea, skim milk coffee, or tea.
No: Anything alcoholic, regular sweetened soft drinks or whole milk.
I haven't seen an acceptable option for dessert for SBD Phase 1 yet, so it's always best to order some coffee or tea, then have your sugar free gelatin or ricotta creme when you get home.