Have you seen the “New!” Atkins frozen dinners that are becoming very popular? I did, and it caught my attention because of the 23 grams of Protein, the “no sugar added” and low carbs. (This is what I’ve been following for my weight loss success.) Of course, I definitely bought a few! This is a great product – right? Or, is it garbage?
This morning I packed my lunch included the Atkins, “Turkey with Vegetables” along with my other healthy food choices (e.g., light greek yogurt, almonds, apples w/natural peanut butter). While my frozen dinner was in the microwave cooking for the 5 minutes that it takes during my lunch. I decided to read the Nutrition Label on the back. (Note: I have a calculation that I follow to ensure that my food choice is at least 65% protein or higher – preferably higher.
Guess What!?! This frozen dinner didn’t advertise that it had 23 grams of FAT! 23!!!!! Whoa! I did my little calculation… and, guess what I did?! I took 1 bite (sorry, I had to taste it) – and then tossed it right in the GARBAGE! There was no way that I was going to take in 23 grams of FAT in one sitting! That means 207 of the 360 total calories is all FAT calories. That is crazy.
What the heck?! ATKINS – WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO US? MAKE US FATTER? Isn’t our nation heavy enough from the foods that are out there? I thought of you as much better than that! I was sorely mistaken!
I learned a serious lesson today… reading labels is important. And, more importantly – to stick to my calculation. (In my calculation, 207 of the calories are FAT calories – and ONLY 92 calories are PROTEIN Calories.
I’ve learned so much in the last 6 months about food, what to eat and what to avoid. I’d love to hear from you… What are your favorite foods? Are they a good choice? I’d love to hear what you are eating – and – avoiding!