Five Great Snacks for the Bread for Life Diet

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:

Cheese-y Toast

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.

Nachos

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.

Strawberry Shortcake

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.

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