Red, White, and You: Feel Good About Your Food Choices This Fourth of July

Friends, food, and fireworks. That’s how my family traditionally celebrates America’s birthday each year. But, while it’s always nice to socialize at a barbecue, it’s easy to get distracted with mindless eating (read: hot dogs and potato salad). To help you navigate your next cookout, we put together three tips for staying on track with your weight loss goals.  

Tip 1: Fill Up at Breakfast 

To set yourself up for success, make sure you eat breakfast. Aim for a healthy meal that’s high in protein and contains healthy fats and plenty of fiber to help you stay full for longer. Steelcut oatmeal with walnuts, avocado toast on whole-grain bread, and hard-boiled eggs with fresh fruit are all healthy breakfast ideas.  

In a rush? Try this unicorn protein shake, a blend of strawberries, blueberries, spirulina powder, and Creamy French Vanilla IsaLean® Shake, to add some delicious magic to your morning. 

Unicorn Protein Shake  

Mini unicorn pinata drinking a pink, lavender, and light blue protein shake with a rainbow straw.

  • 2 scoops Creamy French Vanilla IsaLean Shake 
  • 1 tsp blue spirulina powder 
  • 3 oz blueberries 
  • 3 oz strawberries 
  • 8 fl oz water 
  • Desired amount of ice 


  1. Blend 4 fl oz water, ice, 1 scoop IsaLean Shake, and blue spirulina powder. 
  2. Pour mixture into the bottom of a glass jar. 
  3. Blend 2 fl oz water, ice, 1/2 scoop IsaLean Shake, and blueberries.                                                                                
  4. Layer blueberry mixture on top of blue spirulina mixture. 
  5. Blend 2 fl oz water, ice, 1/2 scoop IsaLean Shake, and strawberries. 
  6. Layer strawberry mixture on top of blueberry mixture. 

Don’t have time to layer? Simply blend all the ingredients together, and enjoy!  

Tip 2: Prepare a Healthy Dish 

Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or heading out to a friend’s house, prepare a nutritious meal that you can serve to a crowd or bring with you. You’ll feel better knowing all the ingredients and will likely save some calories for a few bites of dessert because balance is key!  

Try this healthy jalapeño Greens hummus, a great appetizer or side dish that will surely be a crowdpleaser. 

Jalapeño Greens Hummus 

A bowl of hummus on a board of carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, and bell peppers.

  • 16 oz chickpeas, washed and drained 
  • 1 scoop Isagenix Greens™ 
  • 1 cup cilantro 
  • ½ cup Italian parsley 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded 
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt 
  • Juice from 2 limes 
  • ½ cup olive oil 


  1. In a food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.  
  2. Serve with your favorite veggies, and enjoy! 

Tip 3: Go Bunless 

If you’re craving a barbecue staple like a hamburger, go for it, but skip the bun to avoid the extra carbohydrates. Instead, eat your burger with a knife and fork, or wrap it in lettuce for extra crunch!  

Try this flavorful veggie burger bowl that’s less than 500 calories and loaded with protein. 

Veggie Burger Bowl  

A bowl of veggie burger with black beans, lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, and tomatoes.

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed 
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice 
  • ½ cup cooked beets, chopped 
  • 3 tbsp rolled oats 
  • 3 tbsp onion, minced 
  • 1 large egg white 
  • 2 ½ tsp smoked paprika 
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt  
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 cups salad greens 
  • ½ cup cherry tomato halves 
  • ½ cup cucumber, chopped 
  • ½ cup carrots, shredded 


  1. In a mixing bowl, mash black beans. Add rice, beets, oats, onion, egg white, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to the beans, and fold until all is combined. Form into 2 patties. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add patties to the skillet, cover, and let cook for 5 minutes on each side. 
  3. Divide salad greens between 2 serving dishes, and top with an equal amount of the tomatoes, cucumber, and carrots. Serve the veggie burger over salad. Drizzle with a low-calorie dressing or vinegar, if desired. 


Have a safe and happy Independence Day! 

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