Once you reach your goal weight on the South Beach Diet, you will increase your calories for weight maintenance. You will also have the option to increase your carbohydrate intake with healthy, high-fiber carbs, fruit and starchy veggies. Good news, if you’re ready to ramp it up in the healthy snacks department!
In the South Beach Diet weight maintenance phase, some people may wish to increase their net carb intake to 75 to 100 grams each day (low-carb meal plan), while others may prefer eating even less carbohydrates with 50 grams of net carbs per day (very-low-carb meal plan). If you choose the low-carb meal plan, your day will allow for some additional carbohydrates from healthy sources.
Although South Beach Diet gives you the chance to expand your ingredient horizons, we all know busy schedules sometimes make it impossible to come up with something as simple as healthy snacks. That’s why we’re here—to make your life simple and give you delicious snack ideas while doing so! Remember, you have the freedom to move your snacks around to best fit your day. Keep reading to get some ideas for healthy snacks that use a variety of food combinations!
Here are 10 healthy snacks to add to your maintenance menu:
1. Baby Carrots and All Natural Peanut Butter
You will be curbing ALL cravings with this crunchy, sweet and salty snack. Pack up baby carrots with two tablespoons of peanut butter to bring to work. This is the perfect snack to munch on at your desk, and the best on-the-go treat to kick off our maintenance snack list!
2. Fresh pineapple and cottage cheese
Looking for a way to change up your boring, healthy snacks? Time to liven things up with the delicious sweetness of pineapple, in addition to the creamy goodness of cottage cheese. You won’t be disappointed when you give this South Beach Diet snack a try!
3. Strawberries and Whipped Cream
Who loves strawberries and cream? YOU do! Fill up on strawberries and add a dollop of fat-free whipped cream. You will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and be completely content until your next meal!
4. Sweet Potato and Cinnamon
Looking for a sweet pick-me-up for midday? Look no further—this sweet potato and cinnamon snack will fulfill all of your sweet needs, while filling you up at the same time! Try roasted or mashed sweet potato. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and you will be in heaven with yet another savory treat!
5. Banana and Almond Butter
Did someone say banana nut? WE DID! This classic (and healthy) treat is the perfect nighttime snack, sure to curb cravings for an after-dinner dessert. Pair sliced bananas and two tablespoons of almond butter.
6. Blueberries and Greek Yogurt
Who doesn’t love yogurt and blueberries? This mouthwatering and fresh snack combines the creaminess of Greek yogurt with the sweetness and simplicity of blueberries. This should become a staple in your South Beach Diet snack list and a go-to on busy days when getting out the door fast is essential!
7. 100% Whole Grain English Muffin with All Natural Peanut Butter
Satisfy your carb cravings with half of an English muffin. Add in two tablespoons of all natural peanut butter and treat your taste buds to all the creamy goodness they long for! A double craving kick? Sounds good to us!
8. Fruit Salad
Now that fruit can be added into your diet meal plan, take full advantage and whip up a sweet and tasty fruit salad. Combine blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, grapes, mango, pineapple and oranges to get your full-on fruit fix. This snack will be CLUTCH to throw in a container when you are grabbing things on the way out the door.
9. 100% Whole Grain Avocado Toast
Cue the avocado-lovers! We have got you covered with this classic, yet delightful avocado toast that can now be incorporated into your daily snacks. Slice up about half of an avocado and spread on one slice of toast. Finally, top with three tomato slices. YUM!
10. 100% Whole Grain Crackers with Spreadable Cheese
If you are a cheese and cracker connoisseur (just like us), you’re going to want to bring this snack to work EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Not only is it delicious, it’s especially easy to pack! Grab about six crackers and pack up spreadable cheese for a healthy remix on a classic crunchy and creamy snack staple.