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South Beach Diet Phase 1 at Jack In The Box

Updated on September 22, 2008

As with any fast food restaurant, Jack In the Box is not particularly low-carb friendly. Which means, if you're on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, you'll have trouble finding anything on the Jack's menu beyond salads and diet soft drinks. There are too many items with bread, breading, potatoes, or that are deep-fried. Even a lot of the salads come with deep fried chicken. But as with any restaurant, you do have a few options, and here they are:

Acapulco Salad with Grilled Chicken Strips-Admittedly, the Jack in the Box website only has nutritional information, and not menu item descriptions. So here are the rules.

Lettuce, tomato, cheese, olives, peppers, grilled chicken, onion, and low-carb dressing such as ranch or blue cheese are all good choices on SBD Phase 1. Things like croutons, breaded chicken, fried onions, or any fruit are not.

Asian Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken Strips-Same rules apply here, but these Asian salads often have crispy noodles on top, so have those omitted if that's the case.

Chicken Club Salad with Grilled Chicken Strips-On a club, items such as hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, avocado and/or bacon are usually involved. And all are okay in moderation on SBD Phase 1.

Side Salad-Probably too small to make your main dish, but with 5 net carbs, it's worth mentioning.

Grilled Chicken Strips-Jack In the Box is one of the few fast food chains that offers grilled chicken strips and that is refreshing. It's also a home run for South Beach dieters. Just pair it with a low-carb dipping sauce like plain mustard, chipotle, buttermilk or even tartar sauce.

Beverages-Stick with coffee, unsweetened iced tea, Diet Coke or water.

Breakfast-Jack in the Box has a full breakfast menu, but short of having a breakfast sandwich with no bun, there really are no choices for SBD Phase 1.

Dessert-There are also no dessert options that are SBD friendly at Jack in the Box. So have some coffee and return to work or home to have your sugar free gelatin or ricotta crème.


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