The Atkin's Diet Revolution is sweeping the country. I bet you know someone who's put aside their bread and pasta for meat, cheese and eggs in an effort to lose weight. The Atkin's theory is to stop counting calories, eat lots of protein and say goodbye to carbohydrates like bread and pasta.
So, what does that do to Lubbock restaurants that feature Italian cuisine? Well, Orlando's is the first Italian eatery in Lubbock to put Dr. Atkins on the menu in a section called Low Carb Suggestions.
Loyd Turner, President of Orlando's Enterprises, says that removing the pasta from an Italian Entree and substituting a vegetable, would reduce carbohydrates.For instance, a new menu item called Chicken Marinata features a side of broccoli in place of spaghetti.
Loyd adds that the Orlando's low-carb menu features a meat lovers salad, bun-less burgers and even a low-carb beer to wash it down.
Another local restaurant, Jake's Sports Cafe, also highlights meals for the Atkin's crowd. It's owner, Scott Stephenson, says Jake's is in the high protein business anyway, so why not cash in on the latest diet craze with a low-carb menu?
He adds that they knew that half the customers on diets were on Atkin's Diet so they were just looking for something different to offer the public.
At Jake's, low-carb dieters can even get fried chicken because it's made without the flour. So, at the risk of sounding like Food For Thought, we thought we thought we'd let you know about some high protein - low carb diet options for eating out, health wise.
The Atkin's Diet is a high-protein, high-fat, and very low-carbohydrate diet. It emphasizes meat, cheese, and eggs, while discouraging foods such as bread, pasta, fruit, and sugar.