The South Beach Diet Supercharged is the newest development of the South Beach Diet by Dr. Athur Agatston. This version incorporates more food choices, and more importantly, an advanced exercise program.
The South Beach Diet Supercharged is a low-carbohydrate diet that is based on eating high-fiber foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains), lean meats and poultry, fish, low-fat diary, and good fats. You are allowed to eat three square meals a day and two snacks. Calories are not restricted. The South Beach Diet Supercharged still consists of 3 phases: Phase 1 is a restricted one which lasts for two weeks; Phase 2 is a more relaxed one which lasts until you reach your ideal weight; and Phase 3 lasts for the rest of your life.
During Phase 1 you are allowed to eat only vegetables that are very low on the glycemic index. Neither fruits nor grains are allowed. During Phase 2 you slowly reintroduce more food into your diet, such as some fruit, whole grains, and more vegetables. During Phase 3 no food is totally of limits, but indulgences should come sparingly.
Since Phase 1 is the most restricted while on the South Beach Diet Supercharged and snacks from that phase can be easily incorporated into other phases, let’s look at the snacks that are allowed during that phase:
1. Vegetables and Avocado Dip
For vegetables you can choose artichokes, celery, asparagus, jicama, peppers, cucumbers, and radishes. Avocado dip can be made from an avocado mashed with low fat cream cheese, onions, garlic and pepper flakes. Good fat from an avocado and cream cheese combined with antioxidants and vitamins from vegetables make a good choice for that afternoon snack.
2. Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Slices
This snack is perfect if you have a need for a salty and crunchy snack. Besides, omega-3 essential fatty acid in salmon is helpful in fighting inflammation and provides cardiovascular benefits as well.
3. Almonds and Milk
Nuts are full of good fats which help keep your body healthy starting with your brain and ending with your skin, nails and hair. Dairy products provide you with calcium and vitamin D, and recent studies show that they help lower blood pressure and prevent development of metabolic syndrome.
4. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has a much thicker texture than regular yogurt, so it tastes almost like a full-fat version of a sour cream. For great flavor, add a dash of almond extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Greek yogurt is a great source of live bacteria and calcium while cinnamon is well known for lowering blood sugar.
5. Tex-Mex Smoked Turkey Roll-Up
Smoked turkey topped with reduced fat Jack cheese, salsa, and an avocado slice rolled in red-leaf lettuce will make an excellent midday snack to curb any cravings you can experience.
As long as you follow allowed food recommendations of the South Beach Diet Supercharged you can easily create your own filling and tasty snacks consisting of lean proteins, high fiber vegetables and low- or non-fat diary products as well as nuts.