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    Hello and thanks for stopping by! I hope you find some recipes that make your life easier and tastier. I cook gluten free food frequently for my family and enjoy posting recipes here that I have tried, created or adapted. Check out the resources tab for some amazing food blogs that will surely bring you inspiration in the kitchen.

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Best Tasting Natural Organic & Gluten Free Protein Shakes



isagenix protein shake

These are hands down my favorite meal replacement protein shakes! Not only can I use them when I’m pregnant and nursing, by my kids can have them and LOVE them! Unlike so many other protein drinks out there, these do not contain artificial colors, sugars, additives and junk. They are the best I’ve found on the market, and for $2.80 for a complete meal that is delicious…how can you beat that? Starbucks costs TWICE that much for a bunch of sugar in a cup!!  If you do want to give them a try, take a look here! And if you’re curious how to get them for free, shoot me an email! ( Take a look at all the amazing properties of the shake below: 

Myo-IsaLean Complex™—The new myo-IsaLean Complex features 50 percent more undenatured whey protein than the prior Exclusive IsaPro Complex. That’s to say that the amount of whey increased, while the amount of casein decreased. (Note: Calcium caseinate was removed and replaced with milk protein concentrate, which is 20 percent whey.) Both whey and milk protein are quality proteins, but it’s whey that packs the higher concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Those BCAAs are also absorbed more quickly to fuel muscle maintenance and growth (1). The extra milk protein also comes in handy because it’s absorbed more slowly, lowering glycemic response, keeping your plasma amino acid levels up over time, and warding off hunger (2).

Double the filling fiberWith 8g of fiber (double compared to the previous Natural Creamy Chocolate and Vanilla flavors), the new shake flavors help keep your gut healthy and regular. The fiber also helps keep blood sugar stable and you feeling fuller, longer. The extra fiber comes from flax seed and new isomaltooligosaccharides.

PrebioticsWhat are isomaltooligosaccharides, you ask? Besides being hard to pronounce, this gluten-free fiber (often used in Japanese cuisine) is also “prebiotic,” meaning that it feeds healthy “probiotic” bacteria in the gut (3). These good microbes, fed well, help make up a healthy intestinal flora that can be important for gut health, the immune system, and more.

Low glycemic—Can you say “slow carb”? With slightly fewer grams of carbohydrates and sugar, and more fiber, the shakes are much less likely to spike blood sugar. Getting off the blood sugar roller coaster is critical for healthy insulin control, to minimize cravings, and for healthy, long-term weight management (4-6).  

Healthy fatsThe new shakes have a more balanced fatty acid profile containing more omega-3 fatty acids in each serving from flax seed along with heart-healthy olive oil (the main source of fat). Also, the new shakes contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut oil, which are unique in that they are easily absorbed for quick energy and may support greater energy expenditure and weight control (7, 8). Note: A minor increase in cholesterol comes from the increase in whey protein.

Easier to digestMore digestive enzymes, especially lactase, make the new shake flavors more easily broken down in the gut. Lactase, in particular, helps with breakdown of the milk sugar lactose, which is already low in the shake overall.

Soy freeSoy, as a protein source, has never been used in IsaLean Shake. However, lecithin derived from soy was previously used as an emulsifier leading to some confusion because of a soy allergen warning on the label. To make the label easier to understand, soy lecithin is now removed.

Besides being delicious, these new shake flavors make it easier to get leaner, faster and stay stronger, longer—ultimately leading to a health lifelong. All natural. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.


  1. Pennings B, Boirie Y, Senden JM, Gijsen AP, Kuipers H, van Loon LJ. Whey protein stimulates postprandial muscle protein accretion more effectively than do casein and casein hydrolysate in older men. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93:997-1005.
  2. Soop M, Nehra V, Henderson GC, Boirie Y, Ford GC, Nair KS. Coingestion of whey protein and casein in a mixed meal: demonstration of a more sustained anabolic effect of casein. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2012;303:E152-E162.
  3. Yen CH, Tseng YH, Kuo YW, Lee MC, Chen HL. Long-term supplementation of isomalto-oligosaccharides improved colonic microflora profile, bowel function, and blood cholesterol levels in constipated elderly people–a placebo-controlled, diet-controlled trial. Nutrition2011;27:445-50.
  4. Ebbeling CB, Swain JF, Feldman HA et al. Effects of dietary composition on energy expenditure during weight-loss maintenance. JAMA 2012;307:2627-34. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6607
  5. Mehrabani HH, Salehpour S, Amiri Z, Farahani SJ, Meyer BJ, Tahbaz F. Beneficial effects of a high-protein, low-glycemic-load hypocaloric diet in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled intervention study. J Am Coll Nutr2012;31:117-25.
  6. Mehrabani HH, Salehpour S, Amiri Z, Farahani SJ, Meyer BJ, Tahbaz F. Beneficial effects of a high-protein, low-glycemic-load hypocaloric diet in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled intervention study. J Am Coll Nutr2012;31:117-25.
  7. St-Onge MP, Jones PJ. Physiological effects of medium-chain triglycerides: potential agents in the prevention of obesity.J Nutr. 2002 Mar;132(3):329-32.
  8. St-Onge MP, Jones PJ. Greater rise in fat oxidation with medium-chain triglyceride consumption relative to long-chain triglyceride is associated with lower initial body weight and greater loss of subcutaneous adipose tissue. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2003 Dec;27(12):1565-71.
mardell58 - August 23, 2016 - 14:08

Healthy Kids Protein Shake | Gluten Free, Soy Free, Organic

isagenix protein shakes

I’ve personally been drinking protein shakes for close to 7 years.  I have always needed that extra boost of protein whether it be after a workout or for a breakfast meal.  I loyally used the same brand of shakes for al those years. My reason? They had very few ingredients in them.  It was whey protein, cocoa powder, stevia and soy lecithin. They were a low carb, sugar free option that were 120 calories. 

Fast forward to now and I’ve since learned that having 4 ingredients versus 25 ingredients doesn’t make one better than the other.  It’s all about the quality of the ingredients, the source and what may or may not be lacking in there.  Meaning, my previous shakes were not a healthy meal replacement, didn’t have any vitamins or minerals or digestive enzymes…just straight protein.  And not to mention very expensive once I added in all these extra ingredients so that it actually tasted good.


Let me give a bit of background information that will help you understand where I am coming from and why this post is so important to me and my family.  I have a degree in Health & Fitness Education. I’ve taken countless Nutrition Classes as well as classes from Exercise Physiology to Gerontology.  To keep my teachers license current, I actually have to continually take nutrition and health classes every few years to keep up with the current information as well as keep my mind fresh in this area.  I have loved learning about nutrition over the years and it is such a huge passion of mine. So when I found these new shakes I was floored. There was literally no comparison to my old shakes. Secondly, my son who recently turned 3 years old was diagnosed with Autism in 2014.  As with most autistic kids they are picky eaters and don’t get many nutrients in their diet. My son also has sensory and texture issues that inhibit him from trying new foods or even old ones he used to like. As you can imagine, it is very difficult to get him to eat anything healthy. His current diet consists of Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, popcorn, nitrate free sausage and cliff bars. The one thing that he WILL drink (Thank goodness!!) is chocolate shakes. I’m sure you can imagine me literally jumping for joy when I found these high quality, organic, non-gmo protein shakes that were SAFE for kids. Not only that, but they include 23 vitamins and minerals, have digestive enzymes and 8 grams of fiber. They are a complete meal replacement! I felt like I had struck gold because my son LOVES them. He will drink everything in his cup, and not even notice the super green foods or powdered minerals I add into it. Studies have shown for a long time that Autistic individuals have a gut to brain connection. Meaning, their nutrition directly affects their brain and how they function.  I have other mom friends that have given these highly nutritions protein shakes to their ASD kids and they have shown an improvement in focus and behavior. {ORDER KID’S FRIENDLY SHAKES HERE}

isagenix kids protein shakes

They are called IsaLean Protein Shakes, made by the Isagenix company.  I started taking the products at the end of March in 2015 because I have had some mom friends try it with great results. So once I found out that they were safe for kids, I immediately started giving them to mine! Both my son and my daughter love these Isa Lean shakes, as do I! I love that they are getting all the benefits that no other protein shake supplement out there can offer.

Not only are they GLUTEN FREE and SOY FREE, but they are safe for pregnant and nursing moms! Check out the ingredients, there are no artificial sugars, colors or additives. They come in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. They are also formulated to work just with water and still be tasty. I prefer to mix mine crushed ice, a bit of coconut/almond milk, a dash of stevia and some water.  And best of all, these give you amazing energy. We will be hooked on these for life!!  (They also offer a dairy free shake for those who are intolerant). You can purchase these here. If you have any questions and would like to know how to get these shakes and products for FREE, email me at

isagenix kids protein shake chocolate


Carrots from the Garden + Carrot Cake Link

Today, I had a friend deliver some delicious baby carrots from her garden. I was so excited because I haven’t made anything with carrots for a while. I will admit that I’m not super creative with carrots so the first thing that usually comes to mind is carrot cake! While I figure what I’m going to do with these (besides photograph them), I will leave you with a yummy gluten free carrot cake recipe to try. Check it out here at the Gluten Free Goddess Recipe site!



Mother’s Day Meal Round Up

Are you looking for some delicious recipes to feature at your Mother’s Day Meal this year? I’ve rounded up some great recipes that are gluten free, or may require a bit of tweaking (it’ll say next to it). Click on the links and it will take you to their site for the recipes!

Gluten Free Recipes Meal Roundup

1. Loaded Scalloped Sweet Potato Casserole
2. Lemon Dessert Cups
3. Parmesan Cauliflower Bites (Sub all purpose GF flour)
4. Frosting & Cracked Chocolate Shell
5. Zucchini Lasagna
6. Ice Cream Cupcakes
7. Stuffed Poblano Peppers
8. Crab Cakes
9. Almond Crusted Chicken Salad 

Happy Mother’s Day and Enjoy! xoxo

Stuffed Mushrooms Using La Terra Fina Artichoke Dips

La Terra Fina Gluten Free Confessions
I was delighted to try these yummy dips from La Terra Fina. I love myself a good dip, and I also love that it is gluten free! I had several recipes going through my mind and wasn’t sure how I wanted to showcase the dip. At first I thought I should make enchiladas. Sounds good right? Take some diced up chicken, the Artichoke Jalapeño dip and mixing it up with the chicken…then stuffing them into corn tortillas, smothered in cheese. Hello gorgeous! But, I decided to go the shorter route and make something super simple that anyone could throw together in a couple minutes. So I made a stuffed mushroom appetizer dish. It was so incredibly easy to do, really no recipe needed! I cleaned the mushrooms and pulled out stems. Then I stuffed some of the mushrooms with the Artichoke Parmesan cheese dip, and the rest with the Artichoke Jalapeño dip. I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees and let them cook for around 17 minutes, give or take a few minutes. Once they browned up nicely, I knew they were done.

La Terra Fina
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These were so delicious. Of course they make great dips for chips and veggies, but I think that there are a lot more possibilities with these. Think casseroles, hot appetizers, mix with hot pasta…just get creative! 

You can find these at most local Costco stores and many times they will have a sample person out there. Give them a try, they won’t disappoint!


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