With Christmas fast approaching, you might be wondering how you will manage to stay on track with your Atkins way-of-eating or at least limit the damage so you don’t undo your good work over the last few months or year! It can be tricky as its easy to revert to habits from previous Christmases such as mindlessly eating chocolates in front of the TV.
However with a little planning and preparation ahead of time you can make sure that you have so much delicious Atkins-friendly options on hand that you won’t want to cheat.
This delicious herb stuffing uses bread made from the Atkins Bread Mix and can be used instead of regular bread which is much higher in carbs. Click on the image to get the recipe.
Or you could try this Spiced Cauliflower stuffing – it takes just 20 minutes in total to cook.
Instead of eating potatoes, load up on the veg. If you are a Brussels Sprouts fan, you might like the following recipe for Brussels Sprouts in White Wine. If not, there are endless options for other veg dishes. This Broccoli Puree with Garlic Brown Butter from the Atkins Chefs recipe is delicious and easy. One of my current favourites is this Leek, Courgette & Spinach recipe. As you’ll have the Turkey in the oven, you could take advantage of this to do some roast veg – the trick with roast veg is to pick vegetables that are the same consistency and cut them into the same size pieces e.g. carrots, turnip, parsnip and celeriac (this is like a cross between celery and turnip and available in most supermarkets). Then just add them to a roasting dish with some butter. Or here is a recipe for Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower.
Cranberry sauce is one of those foods that I always thought would be difficult to make but his recipe has just 4 ingredients (cranberries, salt, water and splenda) and takes only 20 minutes to prepare and cook! And it is much lower in carbs than shop bought Cranberry sauce. This Tesco Cranberry Sauce has 9.5g of carbs in just a tablespoon!
Of course the turkey (or goose, duck or your meat of choice) is absolutely fine on Atkins – plus you don’t need to worry about cutting the skin off or choosing lean meat because as you know at this stage, fat is your friend and saturated fats like this are good for you.
If you have ever done a search in Google for low-carb desserts you will know that there are lots of options. This Chocolate Mousse takes just 15 minutes to make. There are many many recipes for low carb cheese cake – some that you bake and others that just need to be put in the fridge. However, this recipe for Low Carb Chocolate Cheese Cake gives an excellent explanation on the different options and variations. If you are having your Christmas dinner in someone else’s house, maybe offer to bring some – this way you will have a low carb dessert option and it will get you in the good books of the rest of the household!
These Chocolate Muffins are low in carbs and sure to go down well with family members that are not on Atkins too – so make sure to make lots! Also, family members are less likely to worry about you depriving yourself with this ‘diet’ when they see you enjoying treats like this! They are also a good option instead of eating sweets.
On the subject of sweets, just one sweet from a box of Cadbury roses has 6g of carbs! Most of the Atkins bars have less than 3g of carbs in the whole bar. So why not cut up your favourite Atkins Bars into pieces and eat these instead? They are delicious, don’t cause cravings and are much much lower in sugar.
The recipes and ideas above are just the tip of the iceberg – there really are lots of options. Don’t forget to plan meals and treats for the full festive period – this way you will enjoy delicious food and not go too far off track.
For some people, they find it fine to cheat for a meal or for a day and then get back on track after that. For others, just having some high carb foods reawakens cravings again and and might lead to going off track completely. You will know whether it is best for you to completely avoid those high carb foods or whether you will be fine with having some.
Either way, if you do go off track or decide to cheat – just eat the food and enjoy it. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Then just get back to following the Atkins way-of-eating at you next meal. You will feel better if you can avoid the high-carb fare – no bloating, indigestion, carb induced coma-like symptoms and lethargy! And when it comes to January you can celebrate holding your own or even go shopping for those new smaller size clothes!
Please share your tips in the comments below and tell us how you are planning to manage over the Christmas.