I feel like writing a review for Atkins New Chocolate Peanut Candies is silly. Only because they taste just like peanut M&Ms. I guess you can figure out for yourself if they are good or not then. Do you like peanut M&Ms? Yes? If so you will like these. Do you hate peanut M&Ms? Yes? Well then you are a fool. One thing that's great about these is how they come in individual packs. This is a great way to help someone like myself to control not eating them all in one sitting. Although that may still happen with the added shame of opening up all the smaller packs. Time can only tell. Who else has had these?
Atkins seems to do breakfast pretty well. And why shouldn't they, most of the ingredients used in a wonderful omelette are low carb. So Atkins breakfast bowls have been pretty flawless in my opinion. Their latest breakfast bowl is the Atkins Steak Scramble. Eggs, steak, green peppers, mushrooms and cheese. Scrambles up together nicely. Personally I am not of fan of mushrooms, and I think they can ruin a dish if they overpower things for me. That wasn't the case here. They were not too over whelming and worked with the steak pretty well. I may not reach for this one as often, but it's still pretty good and if you like mushrooms you probably won't have any issue at all.
Well played Atkins. You've done it again.
I was hesitant with Atkins doing a seafood dish. Seems like risky business to me. This was a pretty tasty treat though. I would have to say that the Atkins Shrimp Scampi
may be one of my favorite frozen dinners so far.
The sauce that the shrimp and broccoli comes with has a very nice garlicky taste to it that isn't overpowering and has a good buttery taste. Everything really works well together in this one. I could always use a bit more broccoli in a dish like this. If you made it at home you could probably add a bit more of your own to help bulk up your meal so you weren't hungry for more afterwards.
Heres a question, whats the deal with the noodles? Are they a special noodle? I would be curious to know? Low carb? There isn't many noodles in the dish, but they are there and its kind of nice to feel like you are almost eating pasta again.
Granted if you dont like shrimp this one probably is not for you, but I love this one. Great to have a change from some of the other Beef dishes.
Over the months I have posted several quick reviews about the products made under the Atkins Diet brand name. Since there are so many different products available with new ones being added all the time, and since they are such helpful snacks to get through the day, I thought it might be a good idea to post them all here in one place for people to find.
I think I got this daddy thing down.
This is a question that a lot of people might ask about the Atkins line of treats and bars. Are they actually Heathy?
Well, look, I'm going to give you the Poor Mans Atkins answer. I am not a dietition or Doctor so take it as you like.
As I understand it, the healthiest foods and things out there are those items with very few ingrediants in them. The more natural the better. I mean, if it grew in the dirt, it probaly better that something a machine made in a tube. Our bodies are designed to handle the fresh and wholesome ingrediants. That being said, if you look at an atkins bars ingrediants you will find the following:
Taken from Atkins Peanut Butter Bar
While the nutritional info does state that they are low carb and that they do have a lot of vitamins in them, they are still packed with ingredients that sound more like chemicals than food.
Now I eat Atkins bars. I think they work great as a substitute and do wonderful at getting me out of tempting situations, but I can't say they are as wholesome as an apple or a carrot. For some of us, it may be better to eat the natural foods so we stay away from these processed items all together. For others, these bars may be the lesser of a far greater evil which comes from other junk food on the market. It's really your personal call.
I can;t say that Atkins bars are very healthy, but personally I can say that in a way they helped me get control of my weight and save my life.
I want to say thank you for all the support I recieved over my last post. It was very nice to read and I am very appreciative.
My father passed away this last week. As a family we are grieving and processing it all as best we can. The truth is though we are sad more for us. Sad for our loss. We all understand he is celebrating in heaven now and feeling great and that's all he ever wanted. We are the one losing out here, not him.
In related news, grieving makes you fat. People bring a ton of food over and a lot of it is not low carb. And my family is emotional eaters so it's a recipe for disaster. All that to say, I need to get back on the wagon this week. Clean out my gutty works and start new. Probably better for my spirit anyway.
The last week of my life has been extremely interesting and one I will never forget. God has blessed my wife and I with the most amazing gift.
Abigail Valerie Larson. Born Dec 31 at 6:30. 8' 0oz.
Our baby girl is doing very well and we are so filled with joy that after these past nine months that we finally got to meet her. She is such a good baby and fills our house with such love. I am so happy she is mine.
Unfortunately this week hasn't been filled with only joy but also some sadness. My dad has been sick. His liver and kidneys are failing. He lays in a hospital bed and we await him leaving us. The hospital room has a sticker on it to let the staff know that he will be passing soon. He sleeps and looks just as peaceful as my baby girl.
I don't know that I have ever had to have such conflicting emotions at the same time. My heart is exhausted from the contrast of being at home and visiting my dad's room. I feel sad, happy, disappointed, thrilled, cheated, and more.
A few weeks before Abby showed up and my dad got to his most current state my wife wanted to read a story to baby girl in her tummy. She pulled off the shelf "I love you forever". I had always seen this book on shelves but never actually read it. Lying in bed my wife read th e story of a mother holding her new baby and saying a phrase,
"I love you forever,
Forever and always,
As long as you're living,
My baby you'll be."
The story goes through stages of life as the little baby grows to a boy, teenager, college student each time getting cradled by his mother as she says the same phrase "I love you forever...". Eventually the story ends when the boy who is now a man getting a phone call that his mother is sick and goes to her, holds her in his arms and says,
"I love you forever,
Forever and always.
As long as your living,
My mommy you'll be."
After the mothers death the man returns home to his newborn daughter. He cradles her in his arms and repeats the phrase with the cycle continuing.
I couldn't help but feel this hit home for me. I lay there thinking about Abby and her grandpa and how much I love them both and how I wish they could know each other. I am broken hearted about the hugs and kisses they will miss from each other, the bible stories from grandpa she won't hear, and all the tea times grandpa will miss. I have to stop and take a breath. I realize these feelings are more what I want for them and that they both will be surrounded by love soon regardless of knowing each other.
I want them to know my heart and the love I have for them both and how they both will always be mine. Words do so little justice.
I love you forever Dad,
Forever and always, Abby.
As long as you're living,
My baby, and my daddy you'll be.
Ok, its time for me to vent a little.
Listen up America, I love bacon. I think it is a delicious salty treat. It's low carb, and its got all sorts of great uses. But I think our love for bacon has gotten a little out of control. Lately i see websites dedicated to the stuff, t-shirts of people that are sharing their love for bacon, and recipes that are utilizing it in all the wrong ways. The biggest thing that rubs me the wrong way is the products that are now available and are trying to capitalize on our love for it, all sorts of weird useless items things that have shown up that are trying to get our money. Bacon salt, Bacon bandages, and bacon neckties. Stop it. It's all too much.
Look, I get that we love it and that it's yummy, but it's kind of a joke gone too far. We all know that its good to eat but not that great for our bodies to eat a lot of. And maybe at first it was funny, but i fear bacon runs a risk of being over popularized. Even by the food industry. Too much of a good thing can make people grow tired of it. I am not saying that bacon will ever go away, It's a breakfast staple, but people may lose their desire to utilize it correctly in new ways. Its innovation could halt all together. We have to pace our bacon use.
So to help out I made a quick list of some do's and do nots with bacon. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
Some Proper uses for bacon:
-By itself As a breakfast side.
-Crumbled to bits for use in a salad, omellete, or pizza
-Carmalized with some brown sugar to make a sweet and savory appitizer
-Wrapped around a hotdog to help take it to the next level.
-On a burger
-On a double burger
-On a triple burger.
-In a noodle dish i.e. Bacon Mac and Cheese.
-In a breakfast cassarole, quiche, or egg bake.
-added to vegtables to make them less vegtables.
-With peanutbutter, bananas, honey, between two pieces of bread.
Some improper uses for bacon:
-woven together to creat a taco shell.
-used to flavor chapstick.
-As a coffee flavoring.
-To top an Ice cream sundae.
-As a candel sent.
-As a bandage for a wound.
-as a subsititue for a bread in sandwich
-In a pie.
- as a necktie.
There are many other examples out there I could give, and we could talk on this forever. I just want us to be responsible with our bacon. If it becomes to cool and hip for its own good, it's going to go the way of Members-only Jackets and i can't let that happen. Let be smart people.
"With great bacon, comes great responsibility" -Uncle Ben (Spiderman)
So you decided to make a change and start eating differently. You want to start keeping track of those things that you're putting in your body and you're tired of living like you are a freshman college student who eats like the worlds about to end. You have made some changes in your life and it seems like things are going well, and then you are out with your friends, or maybe even sitting at home alone when a craving hits you. Your mind starts to race, your tongue hits the floor like you are in a Tex Avery cartoon, and next thing you know you start to justify the cravings and bargaining with yourself like you're doing hostage negotiations.
Cravings can be tough to deal with, but not if you have a strategy. Here seven tips to help you with you next craving attack.
1. Plan Ahead
- If you know you are going somewhere that there will be treats and temptations, i.e. a party, restaurant, or special outing, bring your own version of a treat with you and as soon as the sweets get passed around you will be ready to stand tall with confidence. Sugar free chocolates or the low carb energy bar can save your day.
2. Create a Mantra
- it sounds silly, but I found that actually speaking the words "I don't need _____" works well. For example, "I don't need pizza" or "I don't need cake" out loud helps me get in the right mindset. Sometime you just need to make the decision out loud to help you stick to it.
3. Get Some Good Support
- If you are out, and temptation strikes, it never hurts to be with a friend who can talk you off that ledge. You may have to ask them for your help. For me it is my wife. She often will see when I am craving or being tempted with a sweet and remind me that its not worth the few seconds of gratification. You can even call your special someone and let them know you are having a rough craving.
4. Eat on Time
- Having a schedual you can stick to helps. If you don't eat on time, you may get hungry and then that may lead to snacking, and usually snacking leads to more snacking. Better eat to fulfillment with a meal than to put little things in that keep you in a state of hunger.
- Believe it or not, exercise can help calm cavings and clear the mind. Get a routine for yourself down. And if it is outside of your routine and a craving strikes. It doesn't hurt to go out for a short walk to get the blood flowing. You may find that when you get back you body doesn't even want to think about food.
6. Find Substitutes
- Want a hot fudge sundae? Well, how about some Low Carb Vanilla ice cream with sugar free fudge? Want a cookie? how about a low carb tortilla with some peanut butter inside. There are a lot of options out there that can help you to get by. So many companies are catering to all the diet needs now. Find something that works for you that will get you through it.
- All this to say, there is something to be said for the old approach of getting the heck out of whatever situation is giving you a hard time. Surrounded by cake and treats at a friends party, maybe its better to check out early. Is dessert staring you down at grandmas, make a trip to the restroom to get your head straight. Make a wrong turn at the Vegas buffet and found the desserts, Run!
Look, these aren't the only ways to handle cravings but its good to have some ideas and a plan before you enter battle, and let be honest, getting a new lifestyle for eating can be a battle for some for us. It's always better to be prepared then to not.
what are your tricks to escape those p