The Abs Diet, created by David Zinczenko, advises many small, protein-dense meals and encourages healthy snacks two-hours before each meal. Unlike the Atkins or South Beach diets, the Abs Diet emphasizes carb quality over carb counting, and draws from copious current research to outline a plan that is proven to flatten your stomach without hunger pains or extreme restrictions that are impossible to live with. Here are 4 great snacks that are Abs Diet approved.
Smoothies are a great snack, but with the addition of a few superfoods they become Super Smoothies. The basic foundation of a Super Smoothie is:
¾ cup of 1% milk
4 ounces of low-fat yogurt
3 ice cubes
2 teaspoons of whey powder
From here you can add a ½ cup of berries, a banana, flax seed powder, peanut butter, instant oatmeal…the list is as endless as your imagination and the health benefits are huge.
If your sweet tooth or chocolate obsession has gotten you down in the past, don’t worry, there’s hope. It comes in the form of cottage cheese and chocolate whey protein powder! Mix two tablespoons of chocolate flavored whey protein powder with ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese. Blend for a creamy consistency. If chocolate isn’t your weakness there are dozens of other flavors of whey protein. And if you want more of a pudding consistency, replace the cottage cheese with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
PB&J v. 2.0
Here’s a great way to enjoy a time-honored favorite while keeping your blood sugar in check and loading up on fiber.
Instead of commercial peanut butter, use all-natural, no-sugar-added peanut butter. You’ll be surprised how good it tastes, and your body will be happy that it’s not getting a double dose of hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup.
Skip the soft, processed white bread you had as a child and use whole-grain bread, or even better, a fiber- or protein-enriched whole-grain bread. Sprouted grain bread is also an excellent choice.
Jelly is all the taste and none of the nutrition, so instead, mash up the fruit of your choice in a small bowl (to retain the beneficial fiber and nutrients in the skins), and spread this on your sandwich. If you like a sweeter taste, add Stevia.
Finally, before you close the deal, sprinkle some flax seed powder on the inside. It adds a nutty taste and a big boost of omega-3 fatty acids.
If you’ve ever done Atkins or South Beach you’re familiar with this easy-to-make snack. The basic idea is lean meat + low-fat cheese = protein roll-up. There are some twists to this variety however.
Instead of deli meats, which are loaded with salt and many times sugar, use lean meat you have cooked at home. For instance, roast a chicken breast and keep it in the refrigerator. Slicing your own cold cut takes only about 15 more seconds than pulling one out of a plastic bag.
And to boost the power of this snack, add spinach or other vegetables to improve the nutrient profile and add fiber.