Are Atkins Shakes Keto Friendly?

At the time of writing this post I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for over five years, logged over 250 blood ketone tests, and evaluated over 300 products in an effort to estimate the effects of food and ingredients on my ketosis, including those in Atkins Shakes.

Atkins Shakes are the most keto friendly of the Atkins product line but just how keto friendly are they? In this post I'll evaluate Atkins shakes, give them keto friendly grades, and see how they stack up to similar keto friendly shakes, snacks, and treats!

 
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Savage Fuel Keto Friendly Grades:

  • A: Completely compatible, positive or no impact on ketosis.

  • B: Highly compatible, but don't go too crazy.

  • C: Moderately compatible, be mindful and limit intelligently.

  • D: Barely compatible, detrimental to ketosis and not recommended.

  • F: Not compatible, overdo it just a little and kiss your ketosis goodbye.

Keto Friendly Grading Factors:

 
  Rule of Thumb:  0-4% great, 5-8% good, 9-12% caution, 13%+ red alert

Rule of Thumb: 0-4% great, 5-8% good, 9-12% caution, 13%+ red alert

 
  • Percent of Total Calories from Net Carbohydrates: Since servings sizes often vary significantly, this is the most consistent metric of keto-friendliness.

  • Net Carbs per Serving: What is a serving size and how many carbs are in it?

  • Glycemic and Insulin Index of Ingredients: Not all carbohydrates and protein have the same effect on our blood sugar and insulin levels.

  • Hidden Carbs: Hidden carbohydrates are based on the caloric values and glycemic indexes of ingredients sometimes classified as fibers or sugar alcohols.

  • Nutritional Density: Foods that are higher in percent of total calories from net carbs but are also high in nutrition per calorie can still be worth eating like broccoli.

  • Easy to Overeat: Some foods are difficult not to overeat and require extra willpower to avoid overindulging which is an important factor to consider.

Atkins Shakes Keto Friendly Grades:

Overall factors: 1-7g of soluble corn fiber per shake which does not have a glycemic of zero but exact values are unknown. Atkins shakes have moderate nutritional density.

  • Vanilla Protein Powder: C-
    2g net carbs per 100 calorie 28g scoop
    8% of calories from net carbs (Yellow)
    1g Sugar

  • Creamy Chocolate Shake: C+
    3g net carbs per 240 calorie 17oz shake
    5% of calories from net carbs (Yellow)
    1g Sugar

  • Dark Chocolate Royale Shake: C+
    2g net carbs per 160 calorie 11oz shake
    5% of calories from net carbs (Yellow)
    1g Sugar

  • Mocha Latte Shake: C-
    3g net carbs per 160 calorie 11oz shake
    8% of calories from net carbs (Yellow)
    1g Sugar

  • Atkins Plus Vanilla: A-
    1g net carbs per 180 calorie 11oz shake
    2% of calories from net carbs (Green)
    1g Sugar

  • Chocolate Banana Energy Shake: D+
    4g net carbs per 170 calorie 11oz shake
    9% of calories from net carbs (Orange)
    2g Sugar

  • Cookies and Creme Shake: C+
    2g net carbs per 160 calorie 11oz shake
    5% of calories from net carbs (Yellow)
    1g Sugar

  • French Vanilla Shake: B
    1g net carbs per 160 calorie 11oz shake
    3% of calories from net carbs (Green)
    1g Sugar

  • Strawberry Shake: B
    1g net carbs per 160 calorie 11oz shake
    3% of calories from net carbs (Green)
    1g Sugar

Atkins Shakes Keto Friendly Conclusion:

 
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Tanka Bars vs Keto Friendly Snacks

Percent of Total Calories from Net Carbs
 

Overall Atkins Shakes are much more keto friendly than the other Atkins products, just try to stick with the lower carbohydrate options above. If you’re not in a pinch however, there are other more keto friendly options out there like Perfect Keto’s Chocolate / Vanilla / Salted Caramel Keto Collagen and MCT Powders that have a fraction of the net carbs.

If you’re like me and you’re really just looking for a convenient keto friendly treat and not necessarily a protein shake, I my personal favorite is ChocoPerfection. Alternatively if you want a a convenient snack with protein, Chomps grass-fed (and finished) beef sticks are my go to. Otherwise check out the Keto Shop for more expertly curated and guaranteed keto friendly sweet treats, savory snacks, and more!

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Please consult a medical professional before making any medical decisions. These are my personal opinions based on years of practicing the ketogenic diet.