The Slim Fast Diet plan advocates the 3-2-1 formula, which emphasizes three 100-calorie snacks, two 200-calorie meal replacements and one standard dinner in a day. Here are four snack ideas that can be consumed while you are on the diet.
Slim-Fast Snack Bars
The Slim-fast Diet Company has developed a range of snack bars that are suitable for the 3-2-1 diet. Each of these bars is 100 calories and consists of ingredients such as peanut butter, chocolate and vanilla cream. On the outset, these bars are not any different from a typical candy bar, and are made to taste similar to candy bars. The only difference is that they contain far fewer calories, and use less sugar than a typical bar. Artificial replacements for ingredients such as caramel and peanut butter are also used in order to push down the calorie count.
Fruit contains the necessary vitamins, minerals and fiber that may be missing from a low-calorie diet. In addition, the natural sugars satisfy a sweet tooth, and the high water content in fruit allows you to stay full for a longer period of time. The diet plan recommends that different fruits be eaten throughout the week to avoid boredom. For the most diet-friendly option, choose fruit with higher water content, such as watermelon, apples and oranges. This will help stave off the hunger pangs that may strike through the day.
Nuts are a good way to take in natural oils and fats that the body requires to operate. A low-calorie diet with meal replacements often calls for the reduction of fats and oil in the diet, but fat is an essential food group and is required in the making of cell membranes and in digestion. In addition to this, fat helps the body to obtain the feeling of satiation and to feel satisfied with the food that has been ingested. Be careful with nuts, because even though the oils in nuts are natural and necessary for the body to work, their fat content can pack on the pounds if they are eaten in large quantities. Pack away almonds, walnuts or pistachios into small containers to bring along and snack on the go, rather than bringing along a large packet and eating from it.
Two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables are recommended for a healthy and balanced diet, and it is no exception in the Slim-Fast Diet. Vegetables are a good source of iron, vitamins and minerals. Iron may be lacking in a low calorie diet, so as a snack, eat green, leafy vegetables such as arugula or kale in order to replenish the lost minerals. If you are lacking in fiber, try celery; while those hoping to replenish their vitamin C levels can try bell peppers, cherry tomatoes or carrots. The best way to obtain the goodness from vegetables is to give them a good wash and eat them raw.