Check out our suggested "swaps" for taming common temptations.
The South Beach Diet
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No matter what Phase
of the South Beach Diet you're on, you may occasionally find yourself tempted
by favorite unhealthy, pre-diet foods. Even if you're in maintenance mode on Phase 3
and no foods are off-limits, it's still important to remember that the South
Beach Diet is not just a diet, it's a lifestyle, and sticking to the tenets of
each Phase is the key to long-term success. That said, we all have our
weaknesses, so if you find yourself eyeing something starchy, salty, fatty, or
sugary, your best bet may be a South Beach Diet–friendly "swap."
Check out our suggested "swaps" for taming common food temptations.
Swap Potato Chips with Pita Chips
A big bag of salty-greasy (and possibly trans fatty) potato chips with a pre-packaged,
fat-laden dip is standard snacking fare for many people. But don''t let these diet-busters steer you off track. If you
experience a chip attack, try heading it off with some healthy 100%
whole-wheat pita chips with
enjoy some baked whole-wheat tortilla chips with our Creamy Tex-Mex Bean Dip. On Phase 1? Skip the chips altogether and enjoy your healthy dip with
Swap Candy Bars and Cookies with Healthier Sweets
If you crave something sweet like candy or cookies, remember that, when those cravings hit, there are healthier options.
On Phase 1, choose sugar-free candies, an unsweetened frozen
pop, or a frozen, no-sugar-added fudge pop, or one of our Jumpstarts Carb Control Phase 1 snack bars. On Phase 2, enjoy fresh fruit, an
ounce of dark chocolate, or a South Beach Diet 100-calorie Snack Bar or Good
to Go Bar.
Swap Popcorn with Butter with Better Toppings
If buttered popcorn is something you crave on
movie night, simply make your popcorn South Beach Diet–friendly by using a
little butter-flavored cooking spray instead of actual butter after air-popping
the popcorn. Or, you could melt a tablespoon or two of nut butter
and drizzle a little over your popcorn. Our favorite: Dressing it up with a
sprinkling of black pepper and a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Swap a Classic Meat Pizza with a Veggie or Lean Meat Version
We all know that popular pizza toppings like
pepperoni, fatty ground beef and pork sausage, and full-fat cheese aren't
healthy, but pizza can be South Beach Diet–friendly. Get adventurous with portobello
mushroom caps as the "crust" on Phase 1
(fill with diced tomatoes or tomato sauce, fresh basil, and shredded part-skim mozzarella and
bake at 450ºF until the cheese melts). On Phase 2, spread a whole-wheat
tortilla with low-sugar tomato sauce, then top with chopped vegetables and
sprinkle with reduced-fat cheese before heating quickly under the broiler. On
any Phase, substitute turkey bacon or chicken or turkey sausage, turkey
pepperoni, or grilled chicken breast for the usual high-fat meat toppings.
Swap Buffalo Chicken Wings with Buffalo Chicken Bites
If you like turning up the heat with buttery
buffalo chicken wings, get fired up instead with our healthy Buffalo Chicken Bites. These tiny
chicken chunks are a better choice because they use lean, skinless chicken
breast instead of fattier dark meat chicken wings and butter-flavored vegetable
oil spray instead of butter itself. Hot sauce is a given, but we cool you off
with a reduced-fat version of the traditional blue cheese dipping sauce.
Swap French Fries with Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Were French fries your weakness before starting
the South Beach Diet? You'll be glad to know that you can still enjoy a
healthier version of fries on Phase 2. Instead of using white potatoes, prepare Baked Sweet Potato
Fries. Simply toss sliced sweet potatoes with extra-virgin olive
oil, paprika, and salt (or seasonings of your choice). Spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 425ºF until
lightly browned (about 25 minutes).
Swap Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash or Whole-Grain Pasta
If pasta is your personal kryptonite and you're
on Phase 1 (or any Phase), swap your regular white spaghetti noodles for a delicious South Beach
Diet-friendly spaghetti squash. Steam, bake, or microwave a 1-pound spaghetti squash, halve,
and use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti-like strands. Serve with
low-sugar tomato sauce and a little freshly grated Parmesan. On Phase 2,
enjoy whole-wheat or whole-grain pasta, or try a gluten-free pasta made from quinoa or brown rice.
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