Rosh Hashanah comes around on the first and second day of Tishrei. Your Atkins diet induction phase is going well so far. Read on for must know tips that make celebrating Rosh Hashanah while being faithful to the Atkins diet a possibility.
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah marks the Jewish New Year celebration. Chabad explains that it commemorates the creation of Adam and Eve, symbolizes mankind’s acceptance of God as its king and offers an opportunity for personal repentance. The faithful frequently accompany this Rosh Hashanah observance with the Tashlich prayer and a symbolic casting of their sins into the water.
The Atkins Diet and Rosh Hashanah
For the Atkins diet faithful, Rosh Hashanah is a stumbling ground. There is the wine or grape juice during the Kiddush. Chabad reminds celebrants to remember the new fruit on the second night of Rosh Hashanah; then there are the challah bread and honey mix.
Atkins diet followers also fear the honey-dipped apple and the whole array of prescribed sweet dishes. Unfortunately, the induction phase of Atkins diet (also known as Phase 1) does not allow for apples or honey. It does allow for 12 to 15 grams of net carbs in the form of veggies. What’s the Jewish Atkins dieter to do?
1. Zero Carb, Honey-flavored Syrup
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah tips must address the presence of honey which is part and parcel of the holy day experience. Substitute the regular honey with the flavored syrup – Nature’s Flavors offers a quart for about $8 – that contains no carbohydrates, sugar or calories. It is kosher and while it does not make up for the rich, sugar-laden dark honey you have come to love, it makes celebrating Rosh Hashanah on the Atkins diet a possibility.
2. Grape-flavored Soda
While wine is out, tips for celebrating Rosh Hashanah would normally have to go back to grape juice. Since fruit juice is another no-no during Phase 1 of the Atkins diet, it is time to look to diet soda. Buffalo Rock makes Diet Grapico, which offers grape flavor in a sugar-free, caffeine-free and obviously calorie-free concoction.
3. Low Carb Challah? Yes!
Bread is another forbidden food during the Atkins diet induction. It may be here that good judgment and letter-of-the-law diet adherence need to cross paths. Low Carb NZ features a recipe that drastically reduces the carbohydrate content of the challah; follow it to the letter and enjoy only a smidgen of the finished challah with the honey-flavored syrup.