Hey, Heather! You're not alone...the number one complaint I hear about SBD goes something like this (can you tell that I've had this conversation a lot?
Inquisitive Person: Wow, how did you lose all that weight?
Me: I'm doing the South Beach Diet.
IP: Oh, I tried that. I lasted [insert short amount of time here]. I just couldn't deal with all those salads!
Okay, I'm better now.
The thing I find so ironic is that it seems to be a general consensus that if you do SBD you have to eat a gazillion salads. I have to be honest and say that I've gone over a month without touching a salad. When I do eat salads it's because I want to, not because I have to.
I'm not upset with you, Heather!
I just get frustrated that people give up this plan when no one told them they had to eat salad six times a day!
So...please don't give up for that reason, okay?
There a gazillion ways to get your veggies in. I commend you for thinking about it and for paying attention to your body so that you realized you needed to eat more than you were in the beginning.
Here are some ideas:
- Make casseroles and throw in extra veggies. Mushrooms are easy to add in to many dishes, as is finely chopped broccoli, shredded carrots (in P2), etc. Some good casseroles for this are:Taco Bake (P1), Chicken Divan (P1), Eggplant Lasagna (P1), the Chicken and Eggplant casserole from the SBD cookbook (P1), and others here and in the SBD books.
- Make stir fry!
- Think about veggie side dishes instead of starches. Have cole slaw, 3-bean salad, or other things with your hamburgers rather than chips.
- Check out a couple of Vegetarian cookbooks from the library for tons of great ideas for working with vegetables to make interesting side dishes.
- Get premade frozen veggies with their own sauces. My favorites are made by Birds Eye and have only olive oil and herbs to put on top of them. They are so good!
- Consistently look for ways to slip more veggies into your daily routine...like using angel hair cabbage as a base for the taco bake or in place of lettuce on sandwiches (crunchier and more nutritious).
Hope that gets you started! There are so many great veggie dishes that there's no reason to eat a salad unless you want