10 Delicious Power Foods Delivered Straight to Your DoorArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
You’ve got a busy day—every day. You don’t have time to be hungry and you can’t keep eating the same unhealthy, calorie-rich foods if you want to maintain a healthy weight. You need lean protein in an easy-to-make package—which is exactly what these South Beach power foods deliver. And best part about them? You don’t have to step foot in the store to reap the many benefits of these delicious meals and snacks.
Incorporate these 10 South Beach power foods into your daily rotation, and you’ll give your body what it needs to thrive:
These tasty bites are made with sticks-with-you oatmeal, protein-packed flax and sweet, fiber-rich apples and raisins—making them the perfect pick for power foods. Plus, they’re ready to eat! “These have saved me on more than one morning when I was running late,” an online reviewer says. “They are easy to throw in a bag and eat in the car, as well as being easy to pack when traveling.”
Betcha never thought you’d be eating pancakes on a low carb diet! It was easier than we thought to make great-tasting (healthy) pancakes. We used whole wheat flour, milk, eggs, flaxseed (for fiber), and we added some whey protein for, well, protein. Since you’re doing the mixing, why not get creative with additions? Try pumpkin puree with pecans, apples with cinnamon or blueberries with vanilla.
While beans and legumes are a terrific source of the bone-building, body-strengthening, keeps-you-full-longer power foods. In this dish, we combined edamame with chicken and brown rice, which means you’ll have consumed 18 grams of protein by the time lunch or dinner is over.
Broccoli and cheese is one of those matches made in heaven…right up there with peanut butter and jelly. This dish is a satisfying taste celebration with protein-packed chicken and fiber- and protein-rich brown rice. Want to sneak in an extra veggie serving? Add riced cauliflower or diced, roasted sweet potatoes.
One online reviewer said this stew “left me wanting more on a cold day.” Another reviewer said, “It’s one of my favorite non-frozen entrees.” From pork and garbanzo beans to onion, garlic and paprika, this dish serves up 19 whopping grams of protein, 7 grams of dietary fiber and just 250 calories. Don’t have a fridge at work? This stew doesn’t require refrigeration; keep it in your desk drawer.
Omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin D. Selenium. Protein. Salmon is rich in these nutrients and serves as a vital part of a healthy diet, protecting against cardiac disease, improving blood vessel function, lowering triglycerides and helping ease inflammation, according to Harvard School of Public Health. If you’re not used to buying and cooking fresh fish, this entrée is perfect for you—just heat and eat! Jazz it up with extra asparagus or fresh tomatoes.
Not a big tuna salad fan? Join the club. Lots of your fellow South Beach Dieters indicated that in their online reviews, but most were pleasantly surprised by how tasty our recipe is. “Usually don’t eat tuna but this one is great,” said one review. “This tastes like my own tuna salad—very satisfying,” said another.
Almonds, peanuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and soy nuggets are fused with sweet syrup and dipped in a creamy (protein-rich!) coating. Whenever—and wherever—your sweet tooth strikes, you can be ready with a healthy, fulfilling alternative. Snack on half of the bar in the car for quick energy at the gym and eat the rest post-workout. Or, have breakfast, lunch or dinner on the go.
True or False: People who eat nuts every day live longer. True.
True or False: People who eat nuts are less likely to die of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. True.
True or False: Nuts are more likely than foods high in carbohydrates to make you feel full. True.
Bottom line: Here at the South Beach Diet, every kind of nut and seed is listed on our grocery guide as a Healthy Fat because, according to Harvard Health, they’re crucial to your health and daily dietary needs. We’ve got two words for you: Eat up!
Ahhhh, milkshakes. Decadence in a glass. Of course you miss them. (Who wouldn’t?) So how about a sweet substitute? Simply open a pouch, add water (or almond milk) and ice, and blend until frothy and icy. Believe it or not, both the chocolate and vanilla shakes deliver 3 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of protein and just 140 calories. Want to add a little extra flavor (and nutrition)? Add some fresh berries, a handful of spinach or spoonful of peanut butter to the blender.