The Shangri-La Diet: Three Snack Ideas

The Shangri-La Diet is a diet that is aimed at decreasing the amount of high calorie, high fat foods that you consume. It promotes the consumption of low calorie foods, along with daily ingestion of sugar water and olive oil. If you are considering the Shangri-La Diet, be sure to include several snacks through the day in order to achieve optimal results. Below are three great options to get you started.

Steamed, Mashed Cauliflower

Steamed, mashed cauliflower is a great snack option on the Shangri-La Diet. It is a relatively bland food, which is in support of the main concept of the diet. Secondly, cauliflower is extremely low in calories, which is essential for weight loss. While you may have to initially add a small amount of salt, butter, or flavoring to the cauliflower, try to use less and less as you continue on the diet, with the goal to eventually eliminate them completely. Butter not only contains high amounts of calories, but is also a saturated fat. Saturated fats have been found to be a main contributor to the development of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even some cancers. Likewise, salt can lead to arterial and heart disease. Try to eliminate them as soon as possible.

Bananas

Bananas make a great snack option for a variety of reasons. First, bananas contain numerous important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are essential for good health and optimal growth. Secondly, bananas don’t need to be refrigerated, and therefore can be kept at your desk or on the kitchen counter. (If you see them you’ll be more likely to eat them.) Finally, bananas are a great source of dietary fiber. Fiber is essential to your diet because it is “bulky”–this means that it takes up a lot of room in your stomach, and creates the illusion that you have eaten more food that what you actually have. Also, fiber is slow digesting, meaning that once it is in your stomach it takes a long time for it to be digested and enter the colon. This also creates a feeling of satiety, and can help prevent overeating at future meals.

Quinoa

Quinoa is another great snack option if you are on the Shangri-La Diet. Quinoa is a type of grain that is native to South America, and is often used as an alternative to rice, potatoes, or even pasta. Quinoa is relatively low in calories, and like bananas contains high amounts of dietary fiber, making it essential for anyone trying to lose weight. In addition, quinoa has a very mild, subtle flavor, which keeps it in adherence to the rules of the Shangri-La Diet. Though you can use chicken stock or other flavored types of liquid to cook the quinoa, plain water will provide no additional calories or sodium, and therefore will produce optimal results. Though you may be able to find quinoa at some specialty grocery stores, you may need to purchase it from online suppliers.

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