Yeah, we’re at it again… though I’m not sure we have near enough willpower to stick with it this time.
For the record, here’s how we did last time.
Jim travels A LOT, and neither of us takes the time to cook these days. So sticking to a 100% Atkins-friendly diet is going to be quite difficult this go-around.
Nevertheless, we’re bound & determined to give it a go & see what happens.
To help us enjoy the ride this time, we’ve found 10 low carb snacks & desserts that make the Atkins diet a little bit easier and a lot more FUN!
#1 – Sugarfree Jello [0 carbs per Jello cup]
We eat this stuff like it’s going out of style. Thank GOD for artificially-colored blobs of gelled goo! Believe it or not, there’s actually some flavor to sugar-free Jello. Sometimes we’ll dip spoonfuls of Cool Whip whipped cream into our Jello cups. Ah… added sweetness for just 1 carb per tablespoon.
#2 – Peanuts (in the shell) [3.6 net carbs per 28 nuts]
These slow-eating sweet treats on a stick help to pass the time when all you can think about is making it to your next meal. They’re really sweet tasting. EXTRA-SLIMMING BONUS POINTS: When you’re done with one, your mouth is so cold that you don’t even want to consider eating anything else at the moment.
NOTE: I can’t wait to try Carb-Smart Creamsicles which have 0 net carbs!
Similar to peanuts, you get to subtract the fiber 3.3g (or, what I think of as “good carbs”) from the 5.6g of [bad] carbs that 24 almonds provide, leaving you with 2.3 net carbs. For 24 whole almonds, that’s pretty darned good!
#5 – Dill Pickles [1 carb per 3 [big] slices]
It’s easy to go overboard when snacking on grapes… much like potato chips, you can’t eat just one. (Same with pickles, for me.) But we appreciate the sweet taste from a handful of grapes on occasion.
#7 – Lemons (raw) [4 net carbs per lemon]
TIP: Squirt some lemon into a bottle of water and enjoy some healthy flavored water on-the-go. (Remember, the more water you drink, the fuller you feel and the less you think about food… a great mind-trick when you’re trying to make it through a diet!)
#8 – Strawberries (raw) [6 net carbs for 8 strawberries]
While, that may not seem like many strawberries, I’m comfortable giving up almost one carb per strawberry. They’re oh so sweet… and worth every tasty carb!
#9 – Eggs [1/2 of a carb per whole egg]
#10 – Cheddar Cheese [0 net carbs per 1/4-cup]
How To Determine Net Carbs: Net carbs are calculated by taking the grams of total carbohydrates and subtracting the grams of fiber and the grams of sugar alcohol, as found in the Nutrition Facts box on the side of the product.
To me it tastes like Cherry Coke
I know, I know, you’re technically not supposed to have any alcohol during the first phase of the Atkins Diet. But what fun is it if you play by the rules all the time?
Here are some other low carb snacks you might want to consider:
Explore more low-carb snacks via the Atkins Carb Counter.
We’re getting started again and here’s what we’re thinking as we consider choosing a high protein low carb diet.
Someone mentioned that we might’ve just been at the wrong Smoothie King on the wrong day. So — we’re anxious to try it again. We’ll let you know what we think.
TIP: We’re still not convinced that the Atkin’s plan is the #1 best way to go for weight loss, dieting, and a healthy approach to eating. But it has worked for us in the past, so it’s at least a great kick-start to get us headed in the right direction… again.
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you decide if a high protein low carb diet is right for you:
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