An empty cupboard is not a great way to start out on your journey in following the Atkins Nutritional Way, it is however, a brilliant way to fall foul of what we like to call, the ‘Take-Away Terror’. More often than not, when you arrive home after a hard day at the office or just a hard day in general the last thing you will want to do is have to go shopping for food. Nope, the easy option (and let’s face it, we all choose the easy option when we can) is to dial that number on that menu that came in through the door last night.
So, here are 10 items of food that should always be stocked in your cupboard, just in case of such an emergency. In no particular order here we go.
- Tinned fish such as: mackerel, tuna, sardines or salmon. These can be in olive oil, brine, water, sunflower oil or even tomato sauce (but always check the carbohydrate content on the tomato sauce ones)
- Rye crackers. The Atkins rye crackers are a very versatile snack. They can be enjoyed on every phase of the Atkins diet and can be accompanied by many toppings or just on their own. Excellent with smoked salmon or all kinds of cheese
- Cheese such as: Cheddar, goats cheese, Swiss cheese, Feta, Blue cheese, Gouda, Cream cheese. Remember that 30g of cheese (a bit larger than a 1 inch cube) is equivalent to 1g (gram) of carbohydrates
- Celery and Peanut butter. Yep, a strange combination but it really is quite tasty. Just wash a stick of celery, trim the ends by a 1cm and dip it into some peanut butter. Not too much mind, as peanut butter is introduced in phase 2 of the plan
- Any of the Atkins Daybreak or Advantage bars are a great snack to have at anytime and will really fill you up and keep you happy until your next meal. Try and have a secret stash just in case you run out or someone else in the house has helped themselves to your last bar
- Nuts. Nuts are acceptable phase 2 of the Atkins diet and upwards and even then it is recommended to eat just a small handful. They are quite high in protein and fats, so they will fill a hole, even a small quantity. Acceptable nuts include: Almond, Brazil, Hazelnut, Macadamia, Peanut, Walnut and Pistachio. See the food list for the full list.
- Cooked meats, such as turkey, ham and roast beef. Keep a packet of cooked meats in the fridge for use as a snack. Ideas for a snack using cooked meat could include the following: ham with mustard or mayonnaise spread on it and rolled up into a tube. This can be done with turkey, chicken or beef slices too.
- Bovril – Bovril is, (for our non Irish and British readers) a beverage made from a beef extract. Just a spoonful of Bovril to a cup of boiling water and there you have a hearty drink/snack. One of the recommendations with the Atkins diet is to have two cups of bouillon dissolved in water or broth each day from day one of the Atkins diet. Bovril is the Irish equivalent. As with any diet, some of the weight you loose at the beginning is water but we can also lose salt at the same time. This can cause fatigue, weakness, headaches. Two cups of a drink like Bovril will help you avoid this by replenishing sodium levels in the body. See page 115 of the New Atkins New You book or the section on avoiding fatigue on the Atkins site for more details.
- Smoked salmon and cream cheese is good to have in the fridge. Combining the two together makes a lovely and quick snack to have anytime
- Berries. Berries can be frozen and taken out when required for use in smoothies or just in a bowl with some fresh cream. Berries are introduced in phase 2 and beyond
So there you have it. A brief outline of some food stuffs that you should always have to hand. It’s difficult enough without having temptations and if you remove temptation from the equation then it makes it that little bit easier. As time goes by you’ll begin to form a habit of having these food stuffs readily available to you.
Aside from food stuffs there is a list of oils, vinegar’s, herbs and spices that every cupboard should be well stocked with and we’ll cover these in another blog very soon.
In the meantime, enjoy experimenting with the list above and discovering new and interesting variations that can be made into quick and tasty snacks.
What foods would you suggest to have in your cupboard at all times, just in case you feel peckish? Just share your suggestions by commenting on this post below. Thanks! 🙂