Good protein/calcium/potassium snacks
One of the things that has helped me a lot is having really delicious protein foods around so when I get the urge to snack I opt for that instead of the candy bar, chips or cookies.
1) lightly salted roasted almonds
2) dry roasted peanuts
3) fresh or frozen berries
4) celery sticks
5) small glass of low sodium v8
6) salsa with a couple of low carb crackers
7) taboule, hummus or both together on a low carb cracker
8) beef jerky with some water
9) part skim mozzarella stick (calcium bomb)
10) lean ham or turkey cold cuts (no bread)
Conditioning your appetite to eliminate the bready stuff has huge payback. Basically those carbs are going directly into fat cells unless you are an active athelete.
I've found good substitutes for breads:
a) WASA sesame crisps (1) instead of toast
b) Carrs table water crackers (a couple)
c) wheatsworth crackers (a couple)
d) low carb high protein pita (Joseph's brand my fav)
e) slivered almonds instead of croutons
You can have a little bit of just about anything and do well in an active lifestyle. Or you can have a pretty healthy serving of better foods and feel like you are not missing a thing!
Beef Jerky - one of my go to fishing lunches. Just watch the label, some of them are all sugared up. I consider some of the best jerky (shoe leather) to be a light form of excersise:chuckle:
That Pita brand you mentioned is quite good - put a little sauce, cheese, roni, and veggies on there and it becomes a respectable pizza.
Those are some good snacks!
I prefer low-fat cottage cheese w/ natural applesauce or low-fat (Light n Fit) yogurt. I also eat almonds as snack between meals.
So, should we be bringing our own sustenance to the Shriners Auditorium this week-end?
Maybe they have a healthy option on the menu but I can't recall ever seeing one:lildevl:
other's i know on the diet swear by these crackers from Trader Joe's if you have one nearby. They are longer (4"x1") or so and make great additions to things for lunch (smoked salmon, turkey, etc). They come in everything (like the bagel) and sesame i think. Very good
I just finished my 3rd week on the south beach diet. Weighed myself after the end of week 2 and lost exactly 10 pounds. I know the rate of loss decreases dramatically after switching to phase 2 so I won't weigh myself again for another 3 weeks, giving phase 2 a month, and then see how things are going. May end up dropping back to phase 1 for another couple weeks. I've heard that doing 4 weeks of 2, 2 weeks of 1, back to 4 weeks of 2 and so on until you hit your goal weight is a good safe way to go about it if you have a substantial amount to lose. I was at 275 pounds and needed to lose 40 pounds.
I did jones a bit during the first couple of weeks but by the end of that first phase I really don't miss the breads at all. I'm finding that I don't need a replacement in my diet for these, although my wife seems to. I'm thinking it's a psycological thing, tell someone they are being deprived of a certain something and they'll feel that they should be getting something else to replace that.
I've found that if you use a lot of roasted vegetables in your cooking you get that rich, filling experience satisfying both palate and hunger. Add some of these (chilled) to your lunch salads and as snacks with the Hummus and low fat cheese and you won't feel like something is missing.
I take eggplant, red onions, various peppers, squash and mushrooms and cut them rather large, toss in a big bowl with dried herbs, coarse salt, black pepper and extra virgin olive oil and roast in a single layer on a large sheet pan at 425 degrees until browned and tender. A very satisfying delicious staple.
You know the pea pod like beans that they serve in sushi restaurants? Those are soy beans and they are often referred to as edamame.
My wife and I eat lots of they at home. I buy bags of edamame in the pod (made by Cascadian Farm) in the organic section of my local grocery store.
A whole bag is as satisfying as a bunch of french fries but only contains 240 calories, 10 g of fat (1 g saturated), 18g of carbs (6 g fiber) and 20g of protein.
I love these buggers.
And the icing on the cake: you only have to drop them in boiling water for 3 minutes! What could be easier than that!
P.S. there is nothing better than salted edamame and ice cold beer on a hot summer day :lildevl:
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