Pumpkin Spiced Belly

Pumpkin Spiced Belly

It’s Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING season! If you have been to your local grocery store, restaurant or coffee shop, you have seen all of your favorite items transform into pumpkin spiced versions. You might enjoy this fun fall flavor, but it’s important to know what you are actually consuming.

Let’s start with one of the favorites, the Pumpkin Spiced Latte! This coffee creation looks, tastes and smells like fall. So what’s the big deal? Well, depending on where you are getting your drink there is probably Caramel Coloring in it. Caramel coloring is found in many beverages and is on the list as a possible cancer-causing ingredient. Next, we have the excess amount of sugar, especially if we add the whipped cream. A typical 16oz pumpkin spiced latte contains about 50g of sugar! That’s as much sugar as in three Ding Dong cakes!

If you are ready to dump out that drink, there is good news! There are many healthy alternatives. You could make a pumpkin spiced smoothie or a homemade pumpkin spiced latte.

Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie:

½ C of Pumpkin Puree, either made at home or canned (not pie filling)

½ C of Plain Greek yogurt (not favored, that’s sugar)

½ C your milk choice; dairy, soy, almond, rice, etc.

½ C or a handful of ice

Dash of pumpkin spice


Toss all items in your blender and blend. If you would like to sweeten it up, add either 1 Tbsp. of honey or some stevia to taste. Blend again, add some pumpkin spice and enjoy!

Pumpkin Spiced Latte:

            1 C of coffee or your choice of espresso

½ C of your milk choice; dairy, soy, almond, rice, etc.

1/3 C Pumpkin Puree

1 Tbsp. honey or stevia


Heat the pumpkin puree in a saucepan and add the stevia or honey. Once warm, combine in a blender the puree, coffee or espresso, and milk option. Blend for a few seconds to froth up and pour into mug. Add optional whipped cream and pumpkin spice to top.

If eating delicious pumpkin treats are more your style, there are some great alternatives there too. A traditional slice of pumpkin bread contains over 400 calories! If you aren’t trying to grow a pumpkin spiced belly, the swaps below are great waist savers! The post-holiday version of you will be thankful you have made these healthy swaps!

Cut your Sugar:

Most recipes call for too much sugar. Try removing just 1/5th the amount that the recipe calls for. Better yet, swap it out with honey, stevia or a mix of these to cut the sugar and calories.

Swap the fat:

Plain Greek yogurt is an excellent swap for butter and oil. If you are just starting to make healthy swaps in your cooking and baking, try a half and half recipe and keep half the butter or oil and use yogurt for the other half. Try swapping in healthier oils such as olive or coconut in place of canola or vegetable oil.

Pack the Protein:

Adding a scoop or two of protein powder into your recipes is an excellent way to add that protein punch! Many good options come in chocolate and vanilla which works well with many recipes.

 I hope you enjoy these healthier swaps and have a Happy Pumpkin Spiced Season!

Surviving Easter {on Ideal Protein}

Surviving Easter {on Ideal Protein}

Surviving Easter on Ideal Protein Hoppy Easter fellow IP(eepers)

If you’re like us you have a brunch or get together coming up this week. You probably have an Easter Egg Hunt or Easter Baskets to prepare and chocolate, Peeps and Jelly Bellies are EVERYWHERE! You are nervous about how to stay on track with Ideal Protein and avoid these temptations.

What do you do?!

You plan and prepare! If you have kids and you are making them Easter Baskets DO NOT include your favorite treats! I repeat, DO NOT include those Peeps or Cadbury eggs if you know they will tempt you too much. Better yet why not do no candy at all?

Maybe I’m the mean green mom who just does coloring books, iTunes cards, nail polish and coins/money but my kids get candy from the Easter Egg Hunt they go to, so why add to the madness?

Attending a brunch or event? This is the perfect opportunity to bring those Ideal Protein Friendly deviled eggs! We have included the recipe below, be sure to stop by our office this week and grab some Walden Farms Amazin’ Mayo to complete them. Your guests wont even know the difference!

Ideal Protein DEVILED EGGS

   Large Eggs (hard-boiled)

2-3 tsp Walden Farms Amazin’ Mayo

1-2 tsp Yellow Mustard

No sugar dill pickle relish
Sea salt & black pepper to taste Paprika for garnish (optional)

Slice eggs lengthwise and remove yolks. Mash together 3-6 yolks with mayo, mustard, and dill pickle relish. Season to taste. Spoon mixture evenly into egg halves and garnish with paprika. Try something spicy and add some jalapeños!

Tell us what you favorite Ideal Protein friendly Easter dish is!

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Surviving the Super Bowl!

Surviving the Super Bowl!

Wish you could attend a Super Bowl party and not be so worried about what you’ll eat? You can still attend your party AND enjoy your food while staying on Ideal Protein phase 1 and losing weight!

No one at the party will even know it’s “diet” food because it’s GREAT food!

Ideal Protein Deviled Eggs: 

Hard Boiled Eggs – Cut in Half

Mix the yolks with Walden Farms Amazin’ Mayo, Redmond’s Onion Salt and Mustard (to taste). Mix and spoon back into the egg halves. 

Optional – Garnish with a sprinkle of Paprika

Ideal Protein Potato Crackers: 

1 packet of IP Crispy Cereal

¼ tsp. Garlic Powder

Pinch of Dry Chives

¼ tsp. sea salt

Olive Oil Spray

1 Pinch of Baking Soda

¼ tsp. Sage Powder

1.5 oz Water

1 tsp. Olive Oil

Aluminum Foil

Pre-heat Oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients into a bowl, line baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil spray. Pour in mix and bake for 15 minutes. Take out, cut into pieces and flip. Bake for 5 minutes. Take out, let cool & Enjoy!

Ideal Protein Blue-Cran Granata MOCKtail:

1 pack Blueberry-Cran Granata Drink Mix

4oz Plain Water

4oz Sparkling Water

Mix Plain water and drink mix, pour over ice in cocktail glass, add sparkling water.


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