South Beach Diet Meal Ideas


Boredom with tasteless food is one of the primary complaints of dieters and one of the main reasons why they cheat. If you want your diet to be a success, have a plethora of quality meal alternatives that comply with the dietary principles outlined in your plan of choice. People who are on the South Beach Diet have a somewhat easier time because of the non-restrictive nature of the diet, leading to a variety of tantalizing meal options.

South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is a three-part, carbohydrate-restrictive plan designed to help you reach your target weight as quickly and as safely as possible. Phase 1 of the plan is the strictest; during this time, you can only consume lean meats, vegetables and dairy products. Carbs are reintroduced during Phase 2, allowing you to once again eat fruits and whole grains. After reaching your target weight, Phase 3 is even less restrictive, increasing your carb limits while teaching you needed skills to keep the weight off for good.

Phase 1 Meal--Pan-Fried Salmon

A healthy and tasty meal that complies with the tenants of Phase 1 dieting is grilled salmon with rosemary. Prepare this dish with 8 oz. of fresh salmon, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 1 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice, rosemary leaves, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix the rosemary, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, and then coat the salmon with it. Pan fry the salmon.

Phase 2 Meal--Chicken and Pasta

Your meal choices expand radically during Phase 2 of the South Beach Diet. A healthy meal that complies with Phase 2 guidelins is two pieces of grilled chicken served over a bed of whole-wheat pasta and tomato sauce with Parmesan cheese. Serve this meal with a garden salad with balsamic or olive oil dressing.

Phase 2 Dessert--Sunrise Parfait

To prepare this simple dessert, you need a cup each of sliced strawberries and sugar-free vanilla yogurt and 1/2 cup of Uncle Sam cereal. Layer the ingredients in a bowl or dessert glasses to enjoy a dessert that complies with your dieting efforts. This item has only 185 calories and contains a fairly healthy 6 g of fiber.

Phase 3 Meal--Healthy Pizza

You can still enjoy pizza while dieting if you use whole-wheat flour or a prepared whole-wheat pizza crust. A whole-wheat pizza prepared with chicken or turkey and any mix of vegetables can provide a nice pick-me-up from the dregs of dieting, while still keeping in line with your nutritional goals. Use a low-fat cheese on your pizza and purchase a sauce that is light on sugar.

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