Every year, we set a goal of being healthier and fitter. This year, we are excited to partner with Atkins, the leading low carb lifestyle, to help us get there. The Atkins style of low carb, low sugar nutrition has been around for decades; it’s a tried and true and delicious way to eat that is good for your overall health and weight loss goals. When you follow Atkins, you eat plenty of fiber rich vegetables, lean and diverse proteins, and heart-healthy fats. It’s a tasty way to eat, plus it lends itself well to hosting occasions because you can make so many different things. To introduce you what you can enjoy and share when eating low carb, last week, we prepared delicious and hearty Atkins-friendly breakfast, lunch and snacks. We are excited to share our Atkins journey with you.
There is an Atkins track for every body—Atkins 20, Atkins 40, and Atkins 100. We landed on Atkins 40 which is recommended for people who like food variety, do best with flexibility, and have less than 40lbs to lose. Atkins 40 works for us because you essentially get a budget of 40g net carbs per day to “spend” of food as you wish, and since this is a gradual lifestyle change, we wanted the flexibility to eat in whatever ways our days (and events) dictate. We also explored The Atkins: Eat Right Not Less guidebook which is half explanation of the low carb Atkins approach and half fantastic recipes. You won’t even miss bread or pasta because these meals are delicious.
We recommend starting the day with a healthy, filling breakfast. We love eggs in the morning, and they are also a wonderful source of protein. Smoothies are also great, either pre-made Atkins shakes or homemade (if you choose to make a fruit smoothie, use low glycemic fruits like berries or melons. Fruits like bananas, oranges, and apples have higher level of sugar—and sugar is a carb.). When we are running late, we grab an Atkins Bar and eat breakfast on-the-go. On the weekends, we prefer more complex breakfasts, like protein pancakes or poached eggs and avocado.
Archana is a huge fan of salads for lunch, whereas Kanchana prefers them for dinner. This is great for us because the foundation of Atkins is vegetables and there is no shortage of ways to customize a salad. Plus to make salads even more filling, many of the Atkins recipes have optional protein add-ins, like fish, cheese, and poultry and meat. If you don’t have time to cook a fresh protein, you can always hard boil some eggs, and toss them in.
We usually hit the gym after work, so about an hour before we leave the office, we snack on an Atkins Bar to power the workout. And we haven’t forgotten about sweets. Even doing low carb there is room for dessert. When you have a craving for a chocolate bar, we recommend an Atkins Endulge treat instead. It’s the perfect bite sized indulgence, and there is a variety of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. We like the Atkins Milk Chocolate Caramel Squares as well as Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Bites from The Atkins: Eat Right Not Less.
We feel great after living the Atkins way. Next week, we will share our tips on how to host a stylish and scrumptious Atkins style dinner. Stay tuned!
A diet should be named after what you do eat, not what you don’t eat – Robert Atkins