June 30, 2015

Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Salsa

Fresh Salsa Ingredients: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers
Cucumber and Tomato
Salsa Ingredients
It's been really hot here in Utah for the past few days, over 100-degrees, so I've been experimenting with recipes that don't require a lot of cooking.

On the days when hubby has to work out in the heat, I've also been serving food that can be eaten at room temperature.

When you're on a low-carb diet, summer meals can be quite a challenge. Not only does meat speed up your metabolism, making you uncomfortable in the summer heat, but typical low-carb stir fries, roasted vegetables, soups, and stews will also heat up the kitchen.

To solve the problem, you might want to try perking up the flavor of your crockpot chicken, lettuce wraps, and taco salads with a nice batch of fresh homemade salsa. Fresh salsas are made with assorted vegetables, using tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers as the base, but ingredients can vary widely depending on what you already have on hand and what rung of the carbohydrate ladder you're on.

I had a cucumber that needed to be used up and decided to finely chop it and toss it into the salsa recipe I was already making for lunch along with some tangy lime juice, minced garlic, and ground cumin. That's how this Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Salsa was born.

June 21, 2015

Atkins 40: the New Flexible Atkins Diet Plan

Bowl of Sausage and Cabbage Stew with Carrots
Atkins 40 Friendly:
Sausage and Cabbage Stew
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. has come up with a brand new Atkins Diet.

Unlike the traditional program, this new flexible low-carb diet plan allows you to pick and choose from all food groups. Breads and starchy carbohydrates are no longer off limits.

The idea behind Atkins 40 is to curtail cravings and kick your feelings of deprivation to the curb while still keeping your daily carbohydrate level low enough to shed those unwanted pounds.

Along with your typical:
  • protein sources
  • vegetables
  • essential fatty acids
  • and sugar-free condiments
you can also enjoy bread, pasta, tortillas, and even potatoes during the weight-loss phase.

You no longer have to wait until pre-maintenance to begin enjoying the carbohydrate foods you're missing when you use the new Atkins Diet. Instead, you begin learning how to make healthy food choices from day one.

That change in concept, however, has a lot of low-carb dieters worried.

June 04, 2015

Atkins 20: Understanding the New Atkins Diet Phase 1

Salad with Bacon Rolls Stuffed with Cream Cheese
Confused About Atkins 20?
This Guide Clears Up

Your Misunderstandings!
I was over at Low Carb Friends yesterday afternoon, and one of the members was seriously upset. She had just learned that the ANA (Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.) has come out with a brand new set of Atkins diets.

They have now dropped the New Atkins for a New You approach, and instead, they are offering two different versions of the Atkins diet plan:
  1. Atkins 20, which includes a modified Phase 1
  2. Atkins 40, which is a more flexible, low-glycemic diet
The ANA is calling Atkins 20 the original Atkins diet. In reality, it is an spin off of what most of the low-carb community know as Atkins 2002, or DANDR.

Since there are a lot of people over at Low Carb Friends who are very confused by this new diet that is being presented on the Atkins website, this post will clear up any misunderstandings about Atkins 20 that you might have.