Snacking can be a killer for a diet! We’ve all heard the admonitions of “eat celery” or “have a handful of almonds” but let’s be honest here. Sometimes the thought of those just seems downright yukky! We want to eat something that feels normal. We get tired of dieting! So, when I tried the Bistro MD plan, I was delighted to discover a couple of very tasty snacks to keep in my repertoire.
The one I love the most was baked lentil chips from the Mediterranean Snack Company. Inspired by the balanced lifestyle of the Mediterranean diet (as is the Sonoma Diet), this all natural, gluten-free snack is made from high protein, nutritious lentils, garbanzo, and adzuki beans. Bistro MD sent them with a small serving of hummus, which is a dip that I’ve always enjoyed. Since that time, I’ve eaten them with bean dip, Greek yogurt dill dip, Tatziki, and just straight out of the bag. They’re salty and crunchy with a great taste and fulfill my cravings for things like potato chips as well as cheese and crackers. You really can’t lose with a snack that is all natural, gluten-free, GMO free, a good source of fiber, celiac and vegetarian friendly and has 70% less fat than regular potato chips!
The other snack I discovered was a beef jerky type treat called Simply Snackin. The flavor they sent me was Beef Sirloin with Apples and Cherries. At only 50 calories, it was a meaty, salty, chewy snack that tasted better than any beef jerky I’ve ever had. With the addition of fruits, it changes the flavors subtly and adds additional nutritional value. They are lean and tender at only 1-2g of fat, these high protein snacks feature 8-10g of protein each! No MSG, no trans fats (not even a milligram!), all natural fruits and meats. The Simply Snackin line features savory gourmet dried meat snacks that begin with fresh, all natural (no artificial ingredients or added color) 100% beef sirloin or 100% chicken breast meat. Next, tantalizing combinations of fruit, spices, and cheeses are added to produce satiating flavors. Finally, a leisurely roasting process, featuring a light smoking, finish them off. The end result is really great taste.
I don’t often find foods like this that I’d give the thumbs up to, but both of these snacks really helped with the cravings and actually created enjoyable moments of dieting. It doesn’t get much better than that for a dieter!