South Beach Diet Phase 2 Easy Snacks
Hey everyone. If you've read some of my hubs on The South Beach Diet before, you already know I've done it enough times to speak semi-intelligently about the plan. I think it's a great diet, and while I don't claim to be a doctor or nutritionist, I can tell you that this diet, especially the first phase, has a direct (and very positive) affect on my own cholesterol levels.
I did a hub recently about snacking on Phase 1, which can be difficult with limited options. Here, we'll take a look at Phase 2 and what you can add to your diet in that department after the first two weeks of South Beach.
On Phase 1, you can only have lean meats, most vegetables, lean dairy products, limited amounts of nuts, and also proteins such as eggs and beans. You can't have any bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, fatty meats or dairy, anything with sugar, or any alcohol. But on Phase 2, you can add back in whole grains, which include bread, pasta and brown rice; most fruits (excluding pineapple, watermelon, bananas and raisins); and red wine.
In addition to any Phase 1 snacks, you can enjoy some of the following on Phase 2:
1. Fruit--Best choices are berries, apples, oranges, grapes, pears, melon, peaches or nectarines. Try having an apple or pear with cheese. I like to spread that Laughing Cow low-fat cheese on an apple or pear--try it, it's pretty amazing. You might also try an apple with peanut butter. Smoothies with fresh fruit and skim milk are also good for you and filling.
2. Sugar-free yogurt or pudding--I'm not totally sure why these items are not allowed on Phase 1, but they're not. But Phase 2 allows both, as long as they are low-fat and sugar-free.
3. Whole-wheat pita or crackers--Try pairing toasted pita with hummus, or whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese.
4. Air-popped popcorn--Hit it with a few quick shots of non-stick cooking spray and some salt, and you're good to go. You might also try those Molly McButter flakes.
5. Consult with the South Beach Cook Books--There are some really great snack and dessert ideas. One I can think of off the top of my head is Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies, that are made without flour. Have two of these with a glass of skim milk, and you'll totally forget you're on a diet.
If anyone has any other ideas to share, feel free to comment below. Most of all, good luck on your diet!