Smart Snacks for the Office

One of the lessons you learn on the South Beach Diet is how important it is to snack — and on the right foods. Healthy snacks can help stabilize your blood-sugar levels at crucial points in the day. Reducing swings in blood sugar also helps to curb cravings and keep you on a successful weight-loss track. The best finger foods to have on hand? Cut-up veggies, nuts, part-skim cheese sticks on Phase 1, along with fruit on Phase 2, are all great choices for a midmorning or midafternoon snack. Stock your desk drawer or office fridge with some of these simple, healthy snacks:

 
 
Phase 1
  1. Raw veggies, such as celery, green or red bell pepper strips, cauliflower, and broccoli florets. Enjoy them with hummus or 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter as a dip.
  2. Lean, uncured, reduced-sodium deli meats (turkey or chicken breast, roast beef, boiled ham)
  3. Part-skim cheese sticks
  4. Nuts (15 almonds, 20 peanuts, or 30 pistachios, or about 1/4 cup of any nut, is a serving), but be sure to stick to one serving and count it toward your daily nuts/seeds allowance
  5. Sunflower seeds (3-tablespoon serving; count toward your daily nuts/seeds allowance)
  6. Cottage cheese (1%, 2%, or fat-free varieties) with salsa or a chopped veggie, like cucumber or bell pepper, added
  7. Dry-roasted or boiled, ready-to-eat edamame (green soybeans)
  8. Greek yogurt (plain, nonfat)
  9. Low-sodium tomato juice or vegetable-juice blend, single-serving cans
  10. Water-packed light tuna or salmon (individual cans or pouches)
  11. Kale chips (make them yourself in the oven or look for low-sodium packaged varieties)

On Phase 2, you can enjoy all of the above, plus…

  1. Carrot sticks with a dip made with nonfat or low-fat yogurt and herbs
  2. Artificially sweetened low-fat or nonfat flavored yogurt
  3. A few whole-grain crackers with 1 oz. reduced-fat cheese
  4. A serving of high-fiber whole-grain cereal (a great snack without milk)
  5. Dried apricot halves with almonds (7 apricot halves and 7 almonds), but be sure to count the almonds toward your daily nuts/seeds allowance
  6. Trans-fat-free microwavable popcorn, individual pack (look for varieties that are made with canola oil)
  7. If you don't have time to prepare a snack, a 100-Calorie Snack Bar, Protein Fit Bar, or Good-to-Go Bar, from the line of South Beach Diet bars is a convenient option.

 

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