mermaid Protein Shake

Here’s a recipe that’s sure to make a splash! The Mermaid Protein Shake recipe is made by layering blends of our shake mix with fresh fruit. And because it’s a nutritious, balanced meal replacement packed with the vitamins and minerals your body needs—there’s a lot to “shell”-ebrate! This shake is really something special, perfect for your themed mermaid birthday party or just because you want to make a splash with a tasty protein meal. Don’t let the name fool you, this is my husband’s favorite shake recipe.

Mermaid Protein Shake Recipe

Ingredients:

2 scoops Strawberry Cream Shake
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
8 fl oz water
2 fl oz strawberry flavored water (Clear American, Walmart)
Desired Amount of Ice (4-6 large cubes)

Directions:

  1. Blend 4 fl oz water, 1 ox flavored water, ice, 1 scoop shake, and blueberries.
  2. Pour mixture into the bottom of a glass jar.
  3. Blend 4 fl oz water, 1 oz flavored water, ice, 1 scoop strawberry shake and raspberries.
  4. Layer kiwi mixture on top of blueberry mixture.
  5. Mix all together if you have no time to layer. You can also replace the fruit with 1/2 scoop blue raspberry Hydrate. Enjoy!

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Eggs, My Favorite Snack

Eggs are considered one of nature’s most complete foods, filled with protein while free of carbs and sugar. Egg yolks once had a bad rep for being a cholesterol hellraiser, but recent research proves choline (the nutrient in egg yolk) is a belly-fat fighter that promotes cell activity, liver function, and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. More than 40 years of research has been done and we’ve discovered that the cholesterol in eggs is lower than previously thought. When it comes to whipping up egg recipes, some folks fear the calories that come from the yolk and opt to use only the egg whites, but we recommend sticking to the whole egg to get the complete nutritional benefit!

When you’re trying to eat healthy, eggs are an awesome go-to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as just a snack. The key is to use the eggs in a variety of different ways by adding spices or seasonings and pairing them with loads of wholesome vegetables and grains. Try these healthy egg recipes to turn that average breakfast into some not-so-basic egg dishes that you can eat any time of the day. And then for more proteins that pack a slimming punch, scope out these best-ever proteins for weight loss.

Microwave Omelet (My Fav)

My Breakfast Helper, The Pampered Chef Egg Cooker

This omelet is quick and tasty not to mention it’s an excellent way to use up leftover veggies! While there are numerous ways to make a microwave omelet, there is none better than the Pampered Chef Egg Cooker method. I am hooked on this convenient and affordable gadget. If you don’t have one, get one. You won’t regret it! (PS…I am not affiliated with Pampered Chef. This is an honest recommend. It’s really that amazing!)

Prep 1 min|Cook 2 min|Ready in 3 min

INGREDIENTS
2   eggs (or 4 egg whites)
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk or water
⅛ tsp (0.5 mL) salt
¼ cup (50 mL) of your favorite stir-ins (see Cook’s Tip)
1 tbsp (15 mL) grated cheese of your choice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the eggs, water, and salt in the Ceramic Egg Cooker. Top with the lid and cover the vent hole with a finger and shake ten times to combine.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute and then stir around the edges and bottom of the cooker. Continue to cook in 20 second intervals until the eggs are cooked through on the sides and bottom. Either eat directly from the cooker or invert onto a plate.

Yield:

  • 1  servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving (1 omelet): Calories 170, Total Fat 12 g, Saturated Fat 4.5 g, Cholesterol 380 mg, Sodium 490 mg, Carbohydrate 1 g, Fiber 0 g, Sugars 0 g Protein 14 g

Cook’s Tips:

It’s best to use leftover vegetables or meats that are pre-cooked, such as bell peppers, onions, broccoli, bacon, or sausage. Quick cooking vegetables, like green onions or baby spinach, can be added raw.

Hard Boiled Egg

Hard Boiled Egg––Tried and True Classic

I love hard boiled eggs! At 75 calories and 6 grams of protein, a hard-boiled egg is a perfectly portion-controlled snack. It contains complete protein, which is highly absorbable and has all the amino acids humans need.

Plus, eggs are a calorie counter’s best friend: Research shows that eggs will fill you up more than a starchy breakfast, and people who eat eggs at breakfast may eat fewer calories throughout the day. Initially, I tried to have a bowl of hard-boiled eggs on hand in my refrigerator so I could eat them as a midmorning or afternoon snack. It worked for a while. After that, I could not handle cold eggs.

Eggs with Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Egg Recipes Eggs with Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 347 calories, 15.6 g fat (5.5 g saturated fat), 586 mg sodium, 33.6 g carbs, 5.2 g fiber, 3.8 g sugars, 20.3 g protein

Brussels sprouts have a hearty bite and are loaded with nutrients. This super healthy green vegetable provides detox support, inflammatory prevention, and has multiple cancer-fighting properties!

Holiday Roasted Vegetables

Want to save more room for turkey and dessert? Or for eating leftovers for days on end without the guilt and crazy calories? Healthier sides are your friend. If you’re cooking for special diets, this recipe will come clutch, too. Whether you’re gluten-intolerant or trying to stay in ketosis, this roasted veggie recipe is the perfect way to keep your health regime on track while still enjoying a Thanksgiving feast.

Amidst all of the Thanksgiving casserole recipes, we usually end up craving some simple, no-fuss roasted vegetables. This vegetable medley is just a step above and makes it worthy of a spot on your Thanksgiving plate. The dried cranberries add a tartness while the pecans add an extra crunch for quite possibly the most perfect side dish of all time! We use Brussels sprouts and carrots in our medley, but feel free to add extra vegetables or swap in some of your favorites.

Tip: Use your air fryer to make extra crispy vegetables and free up some oven space! 

INGREDIENTS
3/4lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2” pieces
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chopped rosemary leaves
1 tsp chopped thyme leaves
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries 

DIRECTIONS FOR THE OVEN

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Scatter vegetables on a large baking sheet. Toss with oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the vegetable are tender, shaking the pan halfway through.
  3. Before serving, toss roasted vegetables with pecans and cranberries.

FOR THE AIR FRYER

  1. In a large bowl, toss vegetables with oil, balsamic vinegar, and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Place vegetables in basket of air fryer and cook at 400° for 10 minutes, shaking halfway through. 
  3. Before serving, toss roasted vegetables with pecans and cranberries.

Immune Boosting Oats

Immune-Boosting Oats

Searching for a tried-and-true formula for oatmeal that is sure to be a keeper. Simple ingredients, easy directions, and plenty of fiber and protein make the beloved healthy breakfast staple more delicious than ever. Best of all, it also contains our immune shake booster powder…perfect for the kiddos heading to school this cold-flu season!

Servings: 2 Calories: 263kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Immune Shake Booster
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup optional
  • fresh berries optional
  • chia seeds optional

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine milk, oats, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, turmeric, and vanilla extract.
  • Heat on low, and cook oats for about 15-20 minutes or until most of the milk is absorbed. Stir as needed.
  • Once milk is absorbed, remove saucepan from heat.
  • Add Immune Shake Booster, and mix until combined.
  • Optional: Top with honey or maple syrup, and garnish with desired toppings.
  • Enjoy!

4 Holiday Swaps

The holiday season is upon us. There’s no denying that it can also be a time of overindulgence on favorite holiday foods.

The good news is that Isagenix can help you find a way to stay on track while still enjoying yourself. Here are some nutritious swaps for your favorite holiday treats, so you can still be festive while managing your weight.

Peppermint Mocha

Seasonal coffee beverages can contain more calories than a full meal, an extreme excess of saturated fats, and well over – many times even double – the recommended daily intake of sugar. The Isagenix-style Peppermint Mocha tastes indulgent while remaining nutrient dense but allows you to save over 200 calories, 8 grams of fat, over 40 grams of carbohydrate, and almost 50 grams of sugar. Additionally, with the Isagenix version, you’ll be getting a full meal replacement with filling protein and fiber alongside a complete vitamin and mineral profile rather than just a calorie-dense coffee beverage.

Protein Pumpkin Pie

Most people are often shocked to hear it, but 100 percent pumpkin puree is actually a fairly nutritious ingredient choice for many recipes. Not only is pumpkin puree low in calories, but it’s also high in fiber and full of nutrients like vitamin A and iron. Pumpkin often gets a bad rap, because it’s typically combined with loads of sugar and fat to make calorie-dense treats like pumpkin pie. However, without any added fat or sugar, pumpkin can add some good nutrition to any recipe.

The Isagenix Protein Pumpkin Pie recipe combines Creamy French Vanilla Shake mix, pumpkin puree, egg whites, and almond milk to make a nutrient-dense treat. This recipe compared to a typical pumpkin pie recipe, cuts over 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 20 grams of sugar. Not only is the Isagenix recipe lower in calories and sugar, but it’s also sure to keep you more satiated with its additional protein and fiber.

Dark Chocolate Fudge

The Isagenix Dark Chocolate Fudge recipe combines IsaLean™ Shake, IsaDelight® chocolates, coconut milk, and a bit of stevia to make a much healthier alternative to traditional fudge recipes. While this recipe should still be enjoyed as an occasional treat, you are still saving plenty of calories and sugar while also sneaking in some protein and fiber.

Jingle Juice

What’s a holiday party without a punch recipe? The Isagenix Jingle Juice recipe combines two AMPED™ Hydrate flavors, cranberry juice, sparkling water, and some fresh cranberries and citrus slices. Many punch recipes are a concoction of several sugary fruit juices and often added alcohol. This recipe stays under 100 calories per serving and keeps sugar relatively low. The inclusion of AMPED™ Hydrate adds electrolytes and several other nutrients like vitamin C and B, making it a great option for hydration while also remaining festive.

Everyone should feel free to indulge in their favorite treats occasionally. By making healthier swaps to your favorite treats, you can leave room for a little indulgence over the holidays.

You can find these recipes in the Isagenix 2017 Seasonal Catalog along with some festive gift-giving ideas. Try all four recipes for your next holiday party!

Super Smoothie Bowl

“I love eating my smoothie with a spoon, especially adding crunchy and fresh fruit toppings!”

Smoothies may not be the first thing most people think of when it comes to back-to-school breakfasts and lunches, but we’re here to let you know this is most definitely a thing you should be doing. They are delicious, healthy and so convenient!

A year and a half ago, Richie and I started switching up our usual day-starter of an egg on toast for cool and refreshing protein smoothie bowls. We tried lots of variations and love them all. By far, our top favorites are these two super smoothie bowl recipes. We hope you enjoy also. Bon appetite!

Super Smoothie Bowl
NUTRITIONALS PER SERVING: 297 Calories; 9g Fat; 31g Carbs; 11g Fiber; 12g Sugar; 25g Protein

 Prep Time: 5 Minutes Servings: 1 Metric: US Imperial
INGREDIENTS:
• 2 scoops Vanilla Chai Dairy Free Shake
• 1/2 cup cold purified water
• 1/4 cup ice
• 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
• 1/4 cup chopped apple
• 1 tsp slice almonds, toasted
• 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a single-serve blender, add shake mix, water, and ice. Blend on high speed for 20 seconds.
  2. Pour blended mixture into a serving bowl and top with raspberries, apple, almonds, and cinnamon.

RECIPE NOTES

You can make smoothie bowls with any of our shake mixes prepared with 1/2 cup cold purified water and 1/4 cup ice.

For Chocolate Smoothie Bowl: Any Natural Chocolate or Dutch Chocolate shake, topped with 2 sliced strawberries, 1 teaspoon sliced almonds, and 1 tablespoon toasted unsweetened coconut.

For Strawberry Smoothie Bowl: Add Strawbery Cream or Dairy Free Strawberry shake mix, topped with 1 teaspoon cacao nibs, 7 blueberries, and 1 teaspoon rolled oats.