Ooh, yum! I had the opportunity to celebrate the launch of an assortment of South Beach Diet‘s latest snack innovations! These bars just launched at the end of January.
Receiving these snacks was not an introduction to the South Beach Diet for me. I’ve been familiar with South Beach for years and loosely follow the guidelines in my every day diet.
I don’t really consider South Beach to be a diet– diet, but more like an every day lifestyle that makes sense. South Beach is basically about not filling your body with empty carbohydrates and making sure you’re putting something of value into your body instead. For instance, instead of using white or wheat bread, use WHOLE wheat bread because there’s fiber in that.
Obviously, using rule-of-thumb eating habits like portion control or not eating close to bedtime is important to incorporate, but South Beach really isn’t about restricting your foods by having you count calories or portions or meals. So, instead of ordering a hamburger inside a bun, order a double burger wrapped in a romaine lettuce wrap instead. You’re not restricting yourself from eating because you ordered a double burger and you’ll get full, BUT you’re getting full in a healthy way because you’re putting protein into your body instead of protein AND a bun. This is better because the carbs in your bun cause your blood sugar to spike quickly and drop just as quickly which actually causes you to feel hungry and not as satisfied, plus it causes your body to store it as fat (and not a good type of fat such as what avocados provide).
This is why I personally feel like South Beach is a lifestyle instead of a “diet” because I feel like diets are more about restriction or deprivation or counting this or counting that.
That being said, if you read my blog, you know I go ga-ga for chips that I receive in my subscription boxes, so I don’t always follow South Beach :). But many times if I do have the urge to snack or crunch on something, I do find myself reaching for peanuts instead because I’m mindful that the protein in those is more productive than the empty nothingness that the chips will give me, and I don’t have to eat as many peanuts as chips to feel full.
These are a new line of snacks South Beach just launched at the end of last month!
South Beach Good to Go Extra Protein Bars: Double Peanut Butter- Unlike a lot of cereal bars with lots of filler, this is just loaded with the good stuff like quinoa, amaranth, millet and hemp seed. They have 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein, 150 calories and no artificial flavors, sweeteners or sugar alcohols.
South Beach Good to Go Soft Baked Bars: Cinnamon Oat- I love soft baked treats because they remind me of the texture of cookies when they first come out of the oven –unless you’re a doofus like me and get scared they’re not done and you leave them in too long and they end up as hard as hockey pucks.
Um- ANYWAY, these are meant to be like a dessert bar and they contain real ingredients such as semi-sweet chocolate chips and ground cinnamon. They also contain 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or sugar alcohols.
South Beach Good to Go Extra Fiber Bars: Fudge Graham- These have everything you want and nothing that you don’t! They contain 9 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein, 140 calories and are sweet and coated with chocolate, but contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or sugar alcohols.
South Beach Diet Good To Go Gluten Free Bars: Dark Chocolate- These tasted just like a candy bar to me, no joke. They come in Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Raspberry and contain 6 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugars and no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or sugar alcohols.
So, there we have it! These launched at the end of January and you can look for them in the cereal bar aisle in Walmart, Publix, Meijer, and HEB. For more info, you can visit the South Beach Tumblr Page. You can also visit here for some coupons for Good to Go South Beach Diet Bars.
Have you ever followed the South Beach Diet?
Disclosure: Although I was provided with a product or service to facilitate my review, all words and opinions are honest and are of my own.