Sharon Osbourne's Blog
Los Angeles, California
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Favorite Atkins-Friendly Food
Roasted turkey with green beans
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I don't know about you but I'm excited to be spending time with my family and of course all the fabulous food!
Most people think it's totally impossible to be on Atkins during Thanksgiving, but between you and me…..they're wrong! There are now so many delicious and healthy recipes that you can make for your Thanksgiving dinner so let’s take a moment to dig out our Atkins cookbooks and get started.
Here are a few of the delicious treats that will be at the Osbourne Thanksgiving table:
Savory Turkey With Gravy
No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without turkey, and luckily on Atkins, you don’t need to deny yourself. This bird is stuffed with tons of Atkins-friendly veggies - carrots, celery, and onions and is drizzled with the homemade gravy. This turkey tastes so heavenly you'll never want to go back to your pre-Atkins ways.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
I used to think that any Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without mashed potatoes but for someone on Atkins their diet can be put in jeopardy with so many carbs. So let’s swap out the mashed potatoes this year and replace it with a mixture of pureed cauliflower and fat free sour cream. I promise you that nobody will notice the difference. All I can tell you is that Ozzy just loves this cauliflower-sour cream mash recipe.
Green Beans Almandine
They always say it’s so important to get greens in every single day and these green beans melted with butter and sliced almonds satisfy your taste buds while keeping you on track with your plan. And, the preparation is so easy. Just heat the almonds and green beans in a skillet and add black pepper to taste. View the full recipe.
Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
Did you save room for dessert? A perfect Thanksgiving meal is just not complete without the sweets (I LOVE them)! This Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake is not only to-die-for, but also Atkins-friendly. The best part about this delicious after dinner treat is that nobody will be able to tell that the crust is made of pecans, sugar substitute and cinnamon.
What Atkins-friendly recipes are you whipping up in the kitchen this year? Tell me everything! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter and remember: don’t deny yourself, its Thanksgiving! I am SO thankful for each and every one of you.
All My Love,
It is finally feeling like Fall in Los Angeles! Autumn is fabulous for fashion - I just love sweaters and scarves, but the colder weather can really take a toll on my motivation. On chilly days like these, Ozzy and I prefer to stay home and watch our favorite shows on the telly. We LOVE Homeland…we are soo addicted!
Instead of binging on everything in sight for our TV night, Ozzy and I will now have our delicious Atkins-friendly meals. If you do end up wanting to eat something during your night in, there is nothing better than a big pot of veggie soup to keep you warm!
Staying busy with family, walking my doggies, or trying a new workout keeps me active and from overindulging. What about you? What do you do to keep busy and out of the fridge? I'd love to hear it!
All My Love,
I don't know about you, but this time of the year is always incredibly busy for me. I'm back at the studio everyday for The Talk, I just filmed an episode of CSI, which I’m very excited about, and I did some weekend speaking engagements on the east coast, which was something new for me. When we have demanding schedules, it's easy to say, "I just don't have time to work out."
I've learned that no matter how busy you are, you have to make exercise a priority in your schedule. I always try to get my workouts done early in the morning before I leave for the studio to tape. Some days I do Pilates and the next mix it up with the treadmill or weights. If I can't get my workout in during the morning, I’ll find some time later in the day to do something active like walking with Ozzy, my doggies, or with friends.
Believe me, I have to force myself to get up and do some type of exercise or I would sit on the couch all day. Whether it's just a short walk, taking the stairs, or carrying a basket at the grocery store, every little bit helps and I feel so much better afterwards!
What about you? How do you fit your workouts into your busy schedules? Tell me everything!
All My Love,
Unhealthy foods used to be a part of my everyday life, but now I have kicked them to the curb! Nights ordering takeout with Ozzy have been replaced with Atkins frozen meals or Atkins-friendly dinners. Changes like these don't happen overnight, especially when you're drawn to comfort foods like I am! Here are some tips that have helped me make healthy choices and stay away from the naughty foods:
1. Get rid of the junk. You can't be tempted by unhealthy foods if you don't have them in your home. When I first started Atkins, I got rid of EVERYTHING! Clean out your cupboards and toss the sweets and indulgent foods you think you might cheat with.
2. Make a healthy swap. Before I started Atkins, I would tell myself "you can have 1 cookie or sweet" after every meal...but it would never just be 1. If I was craving something sweet after a meal, I taught myself to reach for half an Atkins bar instead. Now, I hardly crave anything after a meal. And if I ever do, I will grab some fresh berries and whipped cream for a healthy dessert!
3. Replace comfort foods with a comforting activity. I don't know about you, but when I'm stressed, tired, or sad I crave rich comfort foods. The key to keep from slipping into these temptations when you're most vulnerable is to find something else to do to make you feel better instead of that piece of cake. For me, I'll take Bella for a walk or play with my new puppies or get on the phone to a friend. They bring me such joy!
What about you? What has worked for you when it comes to fighting tempting foods? Tell me everything!
All My Love,
I love sweets but to be honest, it’s been my greatest food struggle. If you’re like me, then you’ll know how hard it is to find something to satisfy a sweet tooth that’s not loaded with sugar.
Over the years on Atkins, I've found some delicious ways to literally have my cake and eat it too! Who wouldn’t love something like that?
Eating right is a lifestyle change. Lately one of my favorite sweet treats is fresh berries with non-fat cream. Yum! Ozzy and I love having this healthy dessert. We even enjoyed it for our anniversary this year!
When I'm in a hurry and I'm craving something sweet, I'll just grab some Atkins chocolate candies. They're so fabulous when you're on the go.
Without a doubt, my all-time favorite Atkins-friendly treat would have to be these fabulous fresh baked sugar-free lemon bars. Take a look at the recipe below and make a batch. I’d love to know what you think!
What about you? What Atkins-friendly treats do you have when you're craving something sweet?
Tell me everything!
Sugar- Free Lemon Bars:
1 1/2 C. almond flour
1/2 C. (1 stick) softened, unsalted butter
1/4 C. xylitol
4 egg yolks
1/2 C. xylitol
1 packet of gelatin
1/2 C. cold water
2/3 C. fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350*. Butter an 8X8 in. square pan then line it with parchment making sure their are flaps on two sides so you have handles to take out the bars with. Next butter the parchment. Set pan aside.
With a fork mix together almond flour, xylitol and softened butter until the texture resembles chocolate chip cookie dough, it will be very moist. Press dough into pan and par bake for 10 minutes. Take out and let cool while you're making your filling.
Add the packet of gelatin to the 1/2 C. of cold water and let stand 5 minutes.
With a hand or stand mixer, beat the egg yolks. Once creamy, add the xylitol and gelatin mixture. Blend until smooth. Finally add the lemon juice and beat until well blended, about 2 minutes.
Pour the mixture into the par baked pastry shell and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The edges will be bubbly and wrinkly and the middle will be just set, not moving.
Take out and let cool on counter for about two hours and then refrigerate for another two hours or overnight.