Best Ideal Protein Snacks & Dessert Recipes | Ideal Weight Loss (2024)

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by Tammy Benner

We get it. Trying to find a recipe that works on the diet is not always a piece of cake. Maybe that’s not the best choice of words… (cake is certainly not on the diet?) Just to make things a little smoother for you on your diet. We created a list of snack & dessert recipes that will help you continue to lose weight, while enjoying some of your favorites.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe

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  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken Breast
  • 1 /2 cup finely grated zucchini (approx. 1 medium, grated on the finest side… of a box grater)
  • 1/2 cup grated celery
  • ½ cup grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1cup of your favorite wing sauce such as Frank’s Red Hot
  • Walden Farms Blue Cheese Dressing, for dipping
  • Diced Green Onions or chopped fresh parsley for Garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, vegetables, spices beaten egg whites and 2 tsp wing sauce.
  3. Gently mix by hand the ingredients. Do not squeeze or over mix.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Scoop meat mixture into 2 tbsp sized portions. Roll portion gently between palms to form a smooth ball.
  5. Place on baking sheet. Bake meatballs on center rack for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove meatballs from oven. Pour wing sauce in a bowl and transfer meatballs to the bowl and toss to coat.
  7. Let the meatballs sit in the sauce while you raise the oven temperature to 450°F.
  8. Drain the moisture and wipe the grease from the baking sheet. Apply a fresh coat of olive oil spray.
  9. When oven has reached 450°F, give meatballs another toss in the bowl, then transfer, sauce and all to the baking sheet. Bake, on the top rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes.

*Serve with green onions or chopped fresh parsley *Serve with Walden Farms blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Turnip FriesRecipe – (Ideal Protein Phase 1-4)

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  • 1 Turnip
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Peel the turnips, and cut into sticks or wedges.
  3. Place into a large bowl, and toss with olive oil to lightly coat. Place seasonings in a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix.
  4. Place the oiled turnips into the bag, and shake until evenly coated with the spices.
  5. Spread out onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn over then bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately.

(Walden Farms Ketchup Optional)

Roasted Cabbage WedgesRecipe

Best Ideal Protein Snacks & Dessert Recipes | Ideal Weight Loss (6) Ingredients:

  • 2 more tablespoons extra –virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium head green cabbage, cut into 1 inch thick rounds.
  • Sea Salt and ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon caraway or fennel seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Place 1 medium head green cabbage, cut into 1 inch thick rounds in a single layer on sheet and brush with 1 tablespoons oil.
  4. Season with sea salt and ground pepper and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon caraway or fennel seeds. Roast until cabbage is tender and edges are golden, 40 to 45 minutes.

Recipe For Stuffed Bell Peppers (oven baked)

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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 large zucchini diced
  • ¼ head of green cabbage, diced
  • 4 scallions chopped fine
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 6 bell peppers seeded.
  1. Brown the ground turkey in a tablespoon of olive oil. When turkey is half way cooked put in the ground beef and continue browning.
  2. Add the zucchini, cabbage, scallions , 2/3 chicken or beef broth (to keep from drying out) and season to taste with garlic salt and pepper. When vegetables are still a little crunchy drain off any fat and set aside.
  3. Take the peppers cut the tops off and clean out the seeds and membrane. Microwave: for 3 minutes on high.
  4. Fill peppers with meat mixture. Place in an oven safe dish add the remaining 1/3 cups of broth to the bottom of the dish. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 35 minutes.

Cauliflower Bread SticksRecipe

Best Ideal Protein Snacks & Dessert Recipes | Ideal Weight Loss (8) Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon of basil
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. You can either put the whole head of cauliflower in a microwave safe dish and put in the microwave for 10 min. Then remove and put in a food processor until smooth OR you can put the cauliflower in the food processor first until you get a rice consistency and then put in a microwave safe dish and put in the microwave for 10 min.
  2. Let the cauliflower cool slightly then place in the refrigerator until cooled completely.
  3. Once cooled, mix the rest of the ingredients in the cauliflower.
  4. Grease a cookie sheet and place cauliflower on it. Use your hands and pat down cauliflower until it is about 1/2 in thick. Place in an oven set for 425 degrees for about 25 min or until slightly brown.
  5. Remove from oven and turn to broil at 500. Cut your cauliflower in the desired sticks you want and flip over. Place back in the oven until both sides are brown and desired crispness:)

Enjoy! They are delicious!

Yummy Zucchini ChipsRecipe– (Phase 1-4)

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  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch chips
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, pepper to taste

*Phase 3 and 4 you can add 2 oz. grated parmesan cheese.

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss zucchini slices with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread out on in a single layer on a jelly roll pan.
  4. Roast 7 minutes.
  5. Turn zucchini over. Roast another 7-8 minutes.

Oatmeal CookiesRecipe– (Phases 3-4)

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  • 1 Ideal Protein oatmeal packet
  • 1 Ideal Protein butterscotch or chocolate pudding packet
  • 1/8 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Splenda or Stevia a sprinkle of cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Just enough water for cookie dough texture Combine dry ingredients, then add the last 3 liquid ingredients to reach a cookie dough texture. Spray cookie sheet lightly with Pam olive oil spray and place 10 cookies on sheet. Bake at 325°F for 6-9 minutes or until desired degree of moisture. Test center of cookie with toothpick to see if baked.

Kale ChipsRecipe -(Phase 1-4)

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  1. Pre-Heat ovento 250°F
  2. Rinse Kale and pat dry
  3. Cut rib out of Kale
  4. Lightly coat with olive oil in mixing bowl
  5. Arrange on a baking sheet
  6. Season with any of the following: Sea salt, Pepper, Paprika, garlic, ginger or Cyenne pepper, Red pepper flakes.

Bake for 30 minutes (Kale contains 3.5 carbs per half cup)

Oatmeal Zucchini Muffins Recipe-(Phase 1-4)

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  • 1 package of Ideal Protein Maple Oatmeal
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of Stevia or Splenda
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2-3/4 of small zucchini finely grated (squeeze out excess juice) 2-3 oz water

Beat the egg in a bowl. Add Maple Oatmeal, baking powder, salt, Stevia, cinnamon, and zucchini. Mix and gradually add water until you have a good batter. Bake at 385°F for 20 minutes. Makes 3 regular muffins or 12-bite size.

Baked Zucchini Apple Spice Recipe-(Ideal Protein Phases 1-4)

Best Ideal Protein Snacks & Dessert Recipes | Ideal Weight Loss (13) Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini (Cut into circles, then cut in half to make thin apple slices)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 full droplet of Stevia Clear or two packets of Stevia.
  • 1 tsp or more Apple Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: 1. Cut zucchini into circular disks, then cut in half to make apple slices 2. Toss together zucchini, lemon juice and salt. Place mixture into frying pan and cook until tender-crisp. 3. Midway through cooking the zucchini, add in the spices, sweetener, and vanilla. I use more than 1 tsp of the spice because I like it strong. 4. If making just the apples, lightly spray a glass pie pan with cooking spray or “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray. Lay down the zucchini pies like a pie. Drizzle over the top any extra lemon juice. 5. Bake in oven at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 15-30 minutes until done. (taste at 15 min. Less time is crisp apple. More time is soft apple) (Making your own Apple Pie Spice) Apple Pie Spice: Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground cardamom

Recipe for Key Lime Tarts -(Phase 1-4)

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  • 4 + 1 packets of True Lime flavoring (approx. 1 level teaspoon)
  • A little Splenda or Stevia to taste
  • 1 packet of Ideal Protein Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 packet of Ideal Protein Maple Oatmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • Mini-muffin baking tin
  • Non-stick spray

For the filling: Dissolve one teaspoon of True Lime flavoring in approx. 3 oz. of water. Add a little Stevia or Splenda to taste. The taste should be sweet but tart. Add the contents of one Ideal Protein Vanilla pudding and mix well until smooth. No lumps. The consistency will be thicker than your normal pudding. Cover and refrigerate. For the crust: Pre-heat the oven at 350 F. Mix 1 packet of Ideal Protein Maple Oatmeal with the egg white and 1-1 ½ oz (30-45 ml) of water, just enough for a stiff but manageable dough to form. Lightly coat your muffin tins with non-stick spray. Moisten your hands (if you don’t, the ‘dough’ will stick to your fingers) and form little balls using approx. 2-3 teaspoons of dough. Place one dough ball in each baking cup. Press dough down as thinly as possible across the bottom and the sides forming a little ‘cup’ (the dough will “poof” a little during baking). Bake for approx. 5 minutes or longer, if necessary. For crispy tart shells, remove them from the muffin tin and place them upside down on top of the tin and bake for a few more minutes until golden brown. If the cup cake shells are too thick, don’t bother as they will be too hard. Cool on a wire rack. Take key lime filling out of the refrigerator and stir in the last packet of True Lime flavoring to give you’re filling an extra tangy Florida key lime bite. 2 egg whites whipped for meringue (optional) (3 tarts equal one IP serving) Recipe makes 2 servings

Rutabaga FriesRecipe – (Phase 1-4)

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  • 1 large Rutabaga, peeled and cut into wedges or french fry sticks
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp dried garlic flakes
  • sea salt and cracked pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Placed peeled and sliced rutabaga in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients toss together until the fries are thoroughly coated with seasoning.
  3. Spread fries on a non stick baking sheet
  4. Place in oven for approx 25 minutes, turn fries on baking sheet after about 12 minutes continue to cook until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve immediately

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7 comments on “The Tastiest Ideal Protein Snacks and Dessert Recipes”

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    Christine. Hoskins

    March 22, 2022 at 12:44 am

    I used to go to Ideal protein once a week, and tried to stay on the program. However it closed and that was the end. Of course I didn’t do very well.


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      Tammy Benner

      March 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm


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    October 7, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    can i use frozen riced cauliflower for bread sticks


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      Tammy Benner

      October 7, 2019 at 5:59 pm


      As long as there aren’t any other added ingredients. Some of the frozen packs have cheese etc. So go for it, but carefully!

      Good luck,



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    shana strange

    April 29, 2019 at 1:08 am

    How do you count the cauliflower bread sticks? How much is a serving?


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      Tammy Benner

      August 6, 2019 at 12:01 am


      They are counted as a your veggies. I would put put the riced cauliflower in a measuring cup and see how many cups you have – then divide to get the divide serving size.



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Best Ideal Protein Snacks & Dessert Recipes | Ideal Weight Loss (2024)


How many calories are in the ideal protein diet? ›

Ideal Protein recommends that you consume between 850 and 1000 calories per day while in phase 1 and 2. This amount of calories per day will ensure that you're sparing lean tissue (muscles) by way of preventing gluconeogenesis.

Are you hungry on ideal protein? ›

Ideal Protein phase 1 restricts your usual calorie intake (especially carbohydrates). As a result, you may experience some of the following discomforts in the beginning days: Hunger (although you can eat unlimited vegetables) Headaches (due to reduced sugar intake)

What has 12 grams of protein? ›

Roasted Chickpeas

A two-ounce serving of roasted chickpeas provides 12 g of protein and 220 calories. In addition to protein, chickpeas are a good source of several nutrients, including fiber, magnesium, and folate.

How to speed up weight loss on Ideal Protein? ›

Make Sure You are Not Over or Undereating

The calorific deficit is at the core of losing weight and Ideal Protein does it by restricting simple and complex carbs and fats in your diet. Many carbohydrate-based meals and snacks are substituted with low-carb, high-quality protein-rich foods.

How much weight can you lose in a month on Ideal Protein? ›

Typical results vary up to 6 and 8 pounds lost during the first two weeks and up to 2 pounds per week thereafter when the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is followed properly.

Why am I so tired on the Ideal Protein diet? ›

While low carb and high protein dietary patterns can be effective for weight loss, the Ideal Protein Diet is too restrictive compared to others. Cutting calories so significantly is likely to cause side effects such as extreme hunger, irritability, and fatigue.

What are the side effects of the Ideal Protein diet? ›

Most dieters do not experience anything uncomfortable while participating in the Ideal Protein protocol, but some may experience withdrawals as a result of regularly consuming processed foods before beginning this diet. Symptoms may include headaches, mild nausea, fatigue, and hunger.

Can you eat fruit on Ideal Protein? ›

Also, fruits and vegetables are permitted on the paleo diet, whereas fruits and many vegetables are banned in the first phase of the Ideal Protein diet.

What is 30 30 30 rule for weight loss? ›

The 30-30-30 diet involves eating 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking up, and then completing 30 minutes of low intensity exercise. This method first appeared in Tim Ferriss' book The 4-Hour Body in 2010 but was recently popularized by nutritionist and wellness podcaster Gary Brecka.

How many carbs a day on Ideal Protein diet? ›

On Ideal Protein, each dieter will consume between 25g to 45g of net carbohydrates daily. Generally, the Ideal Protein meal replacement foods deliver 20g net carbs per day. The other 20 – 25g of net carb comes from select vegetables and raw vegetables.

Is Ideal Protein a good way to lose weight? ›

A recent 2022 study that involved 192 people with obesity found that those who followed the Ideal Protein Diet lost 17.8 pounds (8.1 kg) more than those who followed a low calorie/low fat diet over a period of three months.

How long do you stay on Phase 1 of Ideal Protein? ›

Your body's Lean body mass is preserved through an adequate daily intake of high biological protein. Essential nutrients are provided through daily supplements, water, and low-glycemic vegetables. You'll stay on Phase 1 until your weight loss goal is achieved.

How much protein should I eat per day on a 1200 calorie diet? ›

According to dietary guidelines protein should make up 10 to 35 percent of your total caloric intake and 1 gram of protein provides 4 calories. This means for a 1200 calorie diet, your protein intake can be between 30 gm and 105 gm to be within dietary guidelines.

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