Contrary to what you might believe, your Atkin diet plan grocery list doesn’t have to be all about steaks and lobster tails. If you take the time to look through the list of acceptable Atkins food and do a little creative menu planning, you might find that you have a lot of freedom in your choices. And, it won’t cost you a bundle, either.
The thing you have to look out for when shopping with the Atkin diet plan grocery list is that you’re no longer looking for the least amount of calories or fat – you’re looking for the least amount of carbs in any given product. Now that all products are required to clearly display nutritional contents, you’ll find that this is easier than never – but it’s still going to take a pretty large readjustment on your part if you’re used to choosing everything that’s low-cal, low-fat or “light.”
Breakfast tends to be the time of day when we’re most used to eating carbs – from cereal to muffins and beyond. But, on Atkins you can amend your grocery list to include whole cheeses and eggs for decadent omelets, and fresh berries and cream for when you’re not up for cooking a big meal in the morning. And don’t worry – coffee is on the menu!!
Another thing that takes some getting used to are the meats and seafood available on this diet. There are a few things to look out for here:
1. With fresh fish being a bit expensive for every day cooking, you might want to go for frozen seafood. But, be careful that you purchase whole fish, or fresh-frozen – fish sticks, crab legs and other seafood products can have fillers that won’t be acceptable on Atkins.
2. Although chicken is normally a staple of any nutritious diet, Atkins gives you the option of adding delicious cream sauces and other flavorings that the usual diet prohibits. So, get creative!
3. Atkins is perfect for barbecue season – stick hearty steaks, chops and even tuna on the grill, and you’ve got succulent meals bursting with flavor.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll have to amend your grocery list a bit – but you won’t have to deprive yourself of the desserts you love. With Splenda, soy flour and a score of Atkins-friendly diet products such as sugar-free pudding on the market, it will be no time at all before you get in the habit of reaching for these items instead.
Some people feel that the lack of fruit on the Atkin diet plan is a drawback – but berries are welcome, full of healthy antioxidants and can be used fresh for breakfast, as a side during lunch or frozen and then pureed for a heavenly treat after dinner – with unsweetened chocolate sauce drizzled over top!