With the current cold weather keeping most of us wrapped up and hidden under layers of winter woollies – and motivation to move at an all-time low – it’s a difficult time of year to stick to healthy eating habits

To help improve winter eating habits without sacrificing sweet treats altogether, here are three simple low carb swaps to boost wellness and maintain your weight over winter – without FOMO.


Craving your favourite choccie bar for a mid-afternoon pick-me up or after dinner TV snack? Swap a chocolate bar for Atkins’ Chocolate Caramel Nut Roll to save 22.6g of carbohydrates and 18.72g of sugar. A new flavour for Atkins, the delicious Chocolate Caramel Nut Roll is America’s favourite Atkins product, which is already gaining a cult following in Australia as a guilt-free sweet treat which satisfies chocolate cravings, without the additional carbs.


Fancy a warming hot chocolate in your morning meeting or before bed? Change things up and swap the high-carb hit for an Atkins Smooth Chocolate shake which can be heated in the microwave or on the stovetop to save 26g of carbohydrates and 9.9g of sugar without sacrificing any of that rich, chocolate flavour you love – especially on a chilly day 


A warm bowl of winter soup just isn’t the same without a crusty piece of bread to dip, but traditional white sliced bread and rolls aren’t waistline or blood sugar friendly due to a heavy load of carbohydrates. Swap your carb-heavy bread for Atkins Breadmix and make your own healthier option to save 9.5g of carbohydrates – and enjoy the feel-good factor of knowing you made it yourself.


Other top tips to keep the unhealthy winter comfort food cravings under control include cooking at home as often as possible – and let’s face it, it’s easier when it’s freezing cold and wet outside – to avoid the excessive carbohydrates contained in most restaurant meals and takeaway options; keeping low-carb snacks handy on your desk or in your handbag or gym kit, such as Atkins Endulge Bars, to resist the temptation to reach for sugar-laden options (step away from the vending machine); and prioritising exercise – even if it needs to be indoors, such as indoor swimming, spin classes or home workouts.


To discover a raft of delicious, healthy and low carb recipes, visit: https://au.atkins.com/get-inspired/recipes/


Posted by Linda O'Byrne
Atkins Nutritionist