Think putting yourself on a muscle building diet has to be a painful process? And that maybe muscle building recipes can be confusing? Whether your goal is fat loss or muscle building, getting proper nutrition is at least 80% of the game. If you don’t have that figured out, you are going to be a long time away from seeing results.
The good news is that your tastebuds don’t have to suffer if you don’t want them to. There are plenty of ways to get in your proper nutrition while keeping things interesting. If you think gaining muscle means suffering through can of tuna after can of tuna or pounding back a protein shake as fast as humanly possible, you need to think again.
Give one of these recipes a try and you’ll be surprised just how easy it is to eat right, achieve your goals and actually ENJOY your food at the same time.
Protein Fudge Nuggets
These are great to take to the gym as a post-workout treat or just for a snack to eat between meals. When you are trying to gain weight many of you really need to packing in the calories so you need calorie dense foods. These chocolate treats have it all.
8 scoops chocolate protein powder
1 cup oatmeal (can be ground depending on the consistency you’d like)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
3 tbsp honey
½ cup milk
3 tbsp crushed peanuts
First mix together the protein powder, oatmeal, peanut butter, honey and milk. Form into small balls and then roll in the crushed peanuts to finish. Note that these can easily be frozen in plastic bags and consumed on a later date.
Nutritional Info (1/10 of the recipe)
6.7 grams fat
18 grams carbohydrates
25 grams protein
When you’re craving a good home-made pancake breakfast, give these a try. They are filled with slow digesting carbohydrates that will keep your blood sugar steady throughout the morning.
¼ cup oats
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
5 egg whites
1 tbsp ground flax
½ tbsp cinnamon
Splenda to taste
First heat a frying pan until hot and then reduce to medium temperature. After mixing together all the ingredients drop by spoonful onto the plan, flipping when bubbles start to form.
Makes about 5 – 4″ pancakes.
Nutritional Info (per recipe)
23 grams protein
26 grams carbohydrates
4 grams fat
When you’re craving something sweet but are on a very low carb diet, there often is not a lot of options. This recipe is the perfect dessert that will give you plenty of protein and not much else. Great for those on a very strict diet.
1 package sugar-free Jell-O (any flavour)
1 scoop Syntrax Nectar protein powder (any flavour – to match Jell-O)
Mix 1 cup boiling water with the Jell-O powder then stir in one scoop of the protein powder until dissolved. Once that’s finished, mix in one cup of cold water and allow to set. Serve with low fat Cool Whip if desired.
Everyone needs a good cookie now and then but not everyone needs the damage to their diet. Luckily with these not only will you be getting a great dose of protein, you will be getting plenty of antioxidants from the blueberries.
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
4 egg whites
½ cup oats
1 cup blueberries
First combine all three ingredients so they are blended well. Then mix in blueberries and drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degree Celsius for approximately thirteen minutes. Makes 10 cookies.
Nutritional Info (per cookie)
6.5 grams protein
0.7 grams fat
5.5 grams carbs
Intramuscular Buffering Capacity
Finally, the last adaptation that’s seen with sprint training is the buffering capacity of the muscle. During glycoglysis, various byproducts are created such as lactic acid, and when these accumulate, it causes the extreme feelings of fatigue in the muscle tissues.
This then forces you to stop exercising as the fatigue sets in and often will be the end of your workout.
Overtime, sprint training will increase your ability to buffer these byproducts so that you can then workout for a longer period of time while maintaining that intensity.
So, next time you’re debating about whether to do a sprint training session or a moderate paced cardio session lasting for 40 minutes or so, opt for the sprint session.
The benefits you’ll receive are far more numerous and fat loss will be kicked up a notch as an added benefit. Keep in mind that for these type of benefits to occur, you want your sprints to last somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 seconds to 40 seconds, with a work to rest ration of about 1:2. Repeat this process a total of 6 to 8 times and begin and end with a five minute warm-up and cool-down.
By Vince DelMonte
Vince Delmonte is a competitive fitness model and personal trainer, as well as the author of No-Nonsense Muscle Building, a complete guide to building muscle for the hardgainer. Vince’s program includes extensive diet plans, complete weight training regimens, video tutorials, and full email personal training support.