A New Year, A New You: The New Atkins Cookbook
On December 27th, a cookbook to complement the 2010 bestseller “The New Atkins for a New You” was released, featuring more than 200 Atkins-friendly recipes. Written by Colette Heimowitz MSc, the VP of nutrition and education at Atkins Nutritionals Inc, “The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook” emphasizes delicious and satisfying recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare.
The Atkins Diet was modified last year to allow for greater flexibility in food choices. The premises of the plan remains focused on lower carbohydrate meals to normalize blood sugar and insulin levels, but now allows for more high-fiber vegetables, some fruits, and whole grains. The plan also differentiates between “good” and “bad” fat sources, emphasizing naturally unsaturated fats over processed trans fats.
The Atkins program is still broken down into four phases, as first introduced by Dr. Robert Atkins four decades ago – the first (Phase I, Induction) being the most restrictive. As the dieter progresses in weight loss, more foods are allowed to be added back to the plan until a lifetime maintenance diet is achieved. The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook includes suitable recipes for all phases of the diet plan broken out into categories such as “Breakfast and Brunch Dishes” and “Soups and Stews.”
The New Atkins Cookbook isn’t only for meat-eaters. Ms. Heimowitz includes a section specifically for vegetarians who want to lower their overall carbohydrate intake without meat, poultry or fish. Soy foods such as tofu, soy milk, and miso are explained and simple recipes are included in Chapter 12.
For those who wish to use other personal favorite cookbooks, but still adhere to a low-carbohydrate lifestyle, The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook also includes tips on ingredients to keep on hand, equipment for easy cooking, and helpful information on substitutions and menu planning.
The New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. Ms. Heimowitz also offers helpful low-carb advice on her Atkins Blog which most recently explained Carb Cycling and a Holiday Survival Guide. You can read and subscribe to her RSS feeds at blogs.atkins.com.
Note: The author was provided with a copy of The New Atkins For a New Your Cookbook for this review by Touchstone Books, a Division of Simon and Schuster.