Desserts that help build sexy muscle

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    Jun 18, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    Heya Guys-

    I thought I'd share this recipe. I discovered it years ago in Men's Health and I eat this periodically to shake the sweet cravings - but it helps build muscle, too! 21g of protein and only 150 calories.

    Feel free to share yours too.

    Almond Ricotta Delight (I didn't like ricotta until I tried this recipe, seriously)

    Calories: 150
    Fat grams: 3
    Carbs: 11
    Protein: 21

    Mix all together in a bowl and serve in a cup

    1. 1/2 cup of fat free ricotta cheese
    2. 1 tbsp of almond extract
    3. 1-2 packets of Splenda or other non sugar sweetener
    4. 1/5 ounce of shaved or sliced almonds (or to taste)
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    Jun 18, 2010 11:49 AM GMT
    Anyone else have a recipe that they wanna share?

    On a separate note - is it not cool to post on our own posts?
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    This isn't really low carb, but

    3/4 cup of plain greek yogurt
    2 tablespoons of honey
    Fresh ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg to taste.
    Top with your favorite dried fruit.

    Still has a lot of sugar, but greek yogurt has a lot of protein and the concoction of honey, cinnamon is said to have medicinal qualities.

    I looked up ricotta desserts and I found a chocolate one I'm going to try as I have an insatiable sweet tooth, and really need to tone the junk down a lot.
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
    1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
    2-3 scoops of protein powder
    Ice to texture

    Makes a great ice cream!

    Nutritional info varies on the powder you use.
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    This makes AMAZING pop-cycles, I water it down a bit 1/3-1/2 because it's heavy on the sweetener icon_lol.gif


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    Jun 18, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    Gentlemen -
    Thank you for the suggestions - this is great!

    Any others out there?

    Perry
  • Midas426

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    Jun 20, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    I have none but I will seriously try the ricotta dessert recipe. I love ricotta cheese...mostly on lasagna. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:17 AM GMT
    Anything with sugar really will help build muscles. The muscles that are being 'built' are fast twitch muscles, and respond mostly to sugar.
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:22 AM GMT
    Hmm and your dessert (of op's) has no supplemental things, etc...and it seems like it'll taste great. Might give it a try soon! I've never bought ricotta cheese before, usually eat cottage cheese, so I'll be on the lookout for it.
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:41 AM GMT
    You had me until the Splenda. Wouldn't trust that stuff if my life depended on it. Just go with raw sugar. There are minimal calories and carbs if used sparingly. Or use raw honey which is healthy despite the carbs. The protein in the ricotta and the fats in the almonds will adjust the speed of digestion.
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    Jun 24, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair said
    alan07 saidAnything with sugar really will help build muscles. The muscles that are being 'built' are fast twitch muscles, and respond mostly to sugar.


    I don't think so... Where you get that info?


    It was just the easiest way to explain that the 'weight lifting' muscles, fast twitch muscles, usually respond to glucose rather than fat, without having to go into the oxidation of fat and carbohydrates and the anaerobic and aerobic synthesizing of adp and atp of glucose.
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    Jun 24, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidYou had me until the Splenda. Wouldn't trust that stuff if my life depended on it. Just go with raw sugar. There are minimal calories and carbs if used sparingly. Or use raw honey which is healthy despite the carbs. The protein in the ricotta and the fats in the almonds will adjust the speed of digestion.


    Yeah, I don't mess with fake sugar either. I'd rather go with raw sugar or with honey, or maybe even agave nectar, if necessary.
  • Jerebear

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    Jun 26, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    I've yet to try this, but one of these days I'm going to. I'm thinking a chocolate mousse, starting with a very high quality dark chocolate (good for you, high cocao butter, less sugar to compensate for the flavor), egg white, heavy whipping cream...should have lots of protein and fat, sugar you can vary depending on whether you are losing or gaining weight.
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    Jun 26, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    to those that suggested sugar - go for it!

    i'm hypoglycemic and so i do my best to avoid carbs and sugars when i can.

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    Jun 26, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    That sounds like a South Beach diet recipe, OP.

    I'm a devotee to carb cycling, so my dinner today was Mrs. Fields cookies and a bagel. And cereal. That certainly shakes out my sweet cravings!
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    Jun 26, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo - what's carb cycling?

    I actually got the recipe from Men's Health...and it does seem like South Beach sorta, doesn't it?
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    Jun 26, 2010 7:00 AM GMT
    RPMSoccer saidto those that suggested sugar - go for it!

    i'm hypoglycemic and so i do my best to avoid carbs and sugars when i can.



    I am too, but I still love my sugar. icon_smile.gif
  • xebec75

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    Jun 26, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
    Hey RPM~

    Have you tried Stevia instead of splenda? Sweet Leaf brand packets are perfect for adding to drinks and yummy desserts like the one you suggested but is processed using only water to extract the natural, 0 carb, sweet extracts that are naturally present in the stevia plant. TruVia is another stevia sweetener on the market but is made by a large multinational and heaven knows what goes on in that processing plant :-)

    Give stevia a try...some users find it has a bitter aftertaste but I've only ever found that to be the case when I use too much at once.

    I find it at my local Super-Target as well as the hippy dippy grocers I usually shop at.

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    Jun 30, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    xebec75 said

    Give stevia a try...some users find it has a bitter aftertaste but I've only ever found that to be the case when I use too much at once.



    I was going to recommend Stevia. I prefer the liquid version by NOW. It tastes quite good to me.


    I've been hesitant to try the liquid version b/c I'm worried that I'll use too much. Have you run into any problems with that?icon_question.gif
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    Jun 30, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    If I am not mistaken carb cycling is where you rev up your carbohydrate intake and consume higher than recommended levels for a day, then gradually lower it for the next couple of days in order to create a deficit for energy. Then you repeat the cycle every three days. It can vary as some people may do every two or four days. It is a way to trick your body into not knowing what comes next and to stimulate metabolism. It is also a way to prevent carbohydrate stores from over-accumulating and thus being stores as "energy" in the form of fat. Don't you just love to hate your love handles? icon_smile.gif


    Pretty much! I follow the anabolic formula, so I'm 2 days massive carbo load/ 5 days complete carb fast. I've been doing it for a few months and it's the best (sustainable) consistent fat burning process I've found. Plus the carb loading days are AAAAAAWESOOOOME.
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    Nov 23, 2010 6:27 AM GMT
    I'm on the carb cycling plan, tonight I made sugar free egg nog.


    I just put in my blender, egg whites, Stevia (splenda could work too), vanilla extract, nutmeg, heavy cream, water and a bit of vanilla whey powder. I didn't measure anything, I put least amount of cream and most of egg white and water. I turned the blender on and let it whip up. It turned pretty viscous and delicious.


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    Nov 23, 2010 7:00 AM GMT
    RPMSoccer saidto those that suggested sugar - go for it!

    i'm hypoglycemic and so i do my best to avoid carbs and sugars when i can.



    If you're hypoglycemic why are you trying to avoid sugar at all cost?? Thats incrediably dangerous.
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    Nov 23, 2010 7:11 AM GMT
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