The Scarsdale medical diet is a very low calorie, low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that allows a specific meal plan for 2 weeks followed by 2 weeks of a less restrictive plan-your-own diet plan. Due to its low calorie content, the Scarsdale allows a limited palette of snacks to help keep you from being hungry between meals.
Snack #1: Carrots
Carrots are considered a free food on the Scarsdale medical diet, meaning that you can eat as much of it as you want, and is one of the few snacks allowed on this diet. While this may seem boring initially, there are several ways you can prepare carrots to keep things interesting. You can eat them raw, and keeping raw carrots on hand when you’re out is always a good idea to allow you to snack if you’re hungry and away from your kitchen. You can also steam or microwave carrots, or fry them with some lemon juice in a pan sprayed with cooking spray. If you choose to cook your carrots, there are plenty of zero-calorie herbs and seasonings that you can use to dress them up.
Snack #2: Celery
Like carrots, celery is a free food and can be eaten between meals along with carrots on the Scarsdale medical diet. Eating celery alternatively with carrots can help reduce the monotony of the limited snack foods available to you. You can prepare them in all the same ways as your carrots, including as a stir fry with carrots seasoned with herbs, spices, lemon juice or soy sauce—all zero-calorie foods. Avoid any stir fry sauces that contain sugars or high fructose corn syrup.
Snack #3: Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
In addition to celery and carrots, the Scarsdale medical diet allows you to snack on low-sodium vegetable broth. You can make it by itself or add your carrots and celery to it and make yourself a nice little vegetable soup. You can cook it in the morning and carry around a thermos of soup with you to snack on as needed.
Snack #4: Protein Bread
The Scarsdale medical diet allows you a slice of protein bread each morning for breakfast. This bread has a nutty flavor to it that regular bread does not contain. If you choose not to eat your slice of protein bread in the morning, it can be eaten later as a snack between meals. If protein bread is unavailable in your area, it can be substituted with either a 100% whole grain bread, stone ground bread or multigrain bread.
Snack #5: Tea or Coffee
Tea and coffee are considered a free food and can be consumed throughout the day. While no milk, honey or sugar can be added to the drink, you can flavor it with zero-calorie sweeteners or lemon.
Snack #6: Water
You are encouraged to drink at least 4 glasses of water a day on the Scarsdale medical diet and can drink water between meals to help keep you full. While water itself may not help keep you sated between meals, drinking water with your other snacks may help you get through the periods between meals.