In the Bread for Life Diet, you’re supposed to spread your meals and snacks out evenly throughout the day. Knowing the basics is the first key to success: In the first stage, you can enjoy 3 to 4 eggs per week and 3 servings of lean meat. To keep your heart healthy, up to 3 Tbsp. of canola or olive oil can be eaten each day. In the second stage, some bread can be replaced with other whole grains and lean meat consumption rises to 5 to 6 times per week.
Since you’re supposed to be eating every few hours, variety is the name of the game. Spice up your meal plan with these new snack ideas:
Place a slice of fat-free cheese and 1 tomato slice on a piece of bread. Sprinkle the top with a garlic and onion powder and crushed red pepper. Toast until cheese is melted.
Smoked Salmon Roll-ups
Place a slice of soft bread on a cutting board. Gently flatten by rolling with a rolling pin. Spread on a thin layer of fat-free cream cheese and sprinkle with thyme and pepper. Add smoked salmon and gently roll into a tube. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
Chopped Salad with Croutons
Hard-boil one egg, peel and chop. Place bread in the toaster until hard. Mix chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers celery, zucchini and green peppers in a large bowl. Remove bread from toaster and cut into cubes. Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a frying pan and add toasted bread. While in the pan, season croutons with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and dried parsley. In a separate bowl, whisk together fat-free salad dressing (same amount you would have spread on bread) and white vinegar. Top salad mixture with egg, croutons, and dressing.
Flatten two pieces of bread with a rolling pin. Cut into triangles. Heat 1 tsp. canola oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the triangles to the pan and quickly fry them, making sure that they are crunchy before removing. Place triangles in a baking dish and top one set (equal to one slice) with fat-free black bean dip and the other with fat-free cheese. Dice and combine tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, salt and lime juice in a bowl and spread on top of cheese. Heat in oven until cheese melts.
Top one piece of low-calorie bread with fat-free, sugar-free whipped topping. Add ½ cup of sliced strawberries and top with a sprinkle of artificial sweetener.