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 and/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 an individual container of with hummus or 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter.
  2. Lean, uncured, reduced-sodium deli meats (turkey or chicken breast, roast beef, boiled ham)
  3. A part-skim cheese stick or a wedge of light spreadable cheese in any flavor
  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. We now also offer Jumpstarts Carb Control Snack Bars which can be eaten on Phase 1! They come in two flavors: Toffee Nut and Coconut Crunch.


With The South Beach Diet Online and Mobile You Get:

Healthy never tasted so good! Become a member to access all of our delicious recipes, weight-loss tools, expert advice from our nutritionists and fitness coaches, community support, and much more!

Lose Weight Now!

We're no longer accepting new subscriptions to the South Beach Diet Online Program.

If you have any questions, please email us at or contact Customer Service at 1 888-625-8707.
Jennifer K.

Jennifer K. Lost 110 lbs with The South Beach Diet!

Lose weight now
download the app now


Weight Loss Support, 24/7

Download the app now!

Related Content