13 Snacks We Love to Munch

The South Beach Diet lifestyle encourages snacking midmorning and midafternoon because it stabilizes your blood sugar, which minimizes cravings and keeps you from being overly hungry at mealtime. If you like some crunch when you munch, we’ve got some nutrient-dense fiber-rich replacements for unhealthy chips and pretzels. Keep in mind that while nuts are a healthy go-to snack choice, they can be calorie-dense and should be eaten sparingly (no more than 1/4 cup daily). Here are some healthy, Phase-specific nibbles to add to your snacking repertoire:

Phase 1

  • Raw veggies, including celery, cucumber, jícama, bell peppers, and cauliflower and broccoli florets
  • Kale chips (make them yourself in the oven or look for low-sodium packaged varieties)
  • Edamame (boiled soybeans — sold by the bag in the frozen foods section of most supermarkets)
  • Sunflower seeds (count these toward your daily nut/seed allowance)
  • Soy nuts

 

Phases 2 and 3: Everything above PLUS

  • Carrot sticks
  • Whole-wheat or whole-grain crackers
  • High-fiber, low-sugar, whole-grain cereal
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Frozen grapes
  • Apple slices with natural nut butter (count toward your daily nut/seed allowance)
  • Toasted whole-wheat or whole-grain pita bread half, sliced into triangles, with hummus
  • South Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack, Protein Fit, and Good to Go Cereal Bars

 

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