On the South Beach Diet weight loss plan, we recommend eating at least three servings of non-starchy vegetables every single day… Which is really good news if you tend to be a quantity person, but kind of bad news if you’re not quite sure what a non-starchy veggie is.
Before you swear off veggies forever out of fear you might pick the wrong produce, we’ve got the 411 on non-starchy veggies right here.
What is a non-starchy vegetable?
Vegetables in general are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Plus, they’re low in calories and contain no fat or cholesterol, making them something of a weight loss win-win.
But, when it comes to carbs, not all veggies are created equal. Starchy veggies like carrots, beets, potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin, peas, corn and some assorted squashes tend to be a bit higher in carbohydrates. While we encourage you to enjoy one or two servings of your favorites each day during your Weight Loss Phase, we recommend that you limit consumption of these options while you’re trying to lose weight.
Non-starchy veggies, on the other hand, tend to be lower in carbs making them a great choice for those watching their waistlines.
What are some examples of non-starchy vegetables?
Cucumbers, bell peppers, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli and leafy greens are all examples of non-starchy veggies you can enjoy in unlimited quantities on any phase of the South Beach Diet.
Just keep in mind that if you’re not purchasing these foods fresh, there are some things to keep in mind:
- SODIUM: Many canned vegetables have sodium added to them for flavor or for preservation. Choose low sodium and no salt options to ensure that excess sodium isn’t sneaking into your balanced diet. In instances where sodium is added to your veggies, make sure to drain your veggies and then wash them to reduce the quantity of sodium you’re ingesting.
- FAT: Frozen and canned veggies that come with sauces tend to be higher in fat. Check the ingredients label of these items before purchasing to ensure you’re buying fresh veggies without any creamy sauces or buttery finishes.
Craving some veggie variety? Here is a list of even more non-starchy veggies you can enjoy in unlimited quantities on any phase of the South Beach Diet plan: