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Whipped Sweet Potato & Plantain Mash

Need a new recipe to freshen up your meal prep for bulking season? I got you. With the fall upon us and the winter quickly approaching, many of us are looking for ways to pack on solid muscle while trying to stay as lean as possible.  Behold, my two favorite foods to help me recover from a

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    Cheesy Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

    Fall is here and with that, we welcome the season of “comfort food” recipes! But not all comfort foods have to be calorie dense.  With a few tweaks it is possible to make heart healthier versions of our favorite meals that are equally delicious, yet more nutritious. Here is a creamy, cheesy butternut squash mac

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  • Quick & Easy Guacamole Quesadillas

    Sometimes you need a recipe that is quick, easy, filling and nutritious.  And you can pretty much never go wrong with TexMex when you’re hungry.  So, why not take a heart healthier spin on a TexMex favorite – the quesadilla?! The good thing about quesadillas is that you can ALWAYS make them your own and make

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  • Hearty Quinoa Mac and Chili

    Two foods we have all come to love >> macaroni and cheese, and good ole’ Texas chili. So, why not combine these two amazing dishes to make a muscle-building meal and a family favorite? The good thing about chili is that nearly everyone has their own way of making it. So, it’s an easy meal to

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  • Healthy BBQ Shepherd’s Pie

    This recipe is perfect for a family dinner or an epic post-workout meal. When I first had Shepherd’s Pie in Boston, MA, I was in “food love.” The flavors and textures of the dish were simply magical. But, the way it was/is prepared, does not ideally compliment my healthier lifestyle. So, I flipped the recipe!

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  • 3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Waffle with Healthy & Creative Toppings

    Waffles so easy and delicious, your biggest problem will be deciding what to put on top. These also make great in-between meal snacks – just chop the waffles into pieces and you have protein and complex carbohydrate-rich treats. This recipe idea is great for “leaning out for the summer,” or “packing on some solid muscle.”

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  • No Tomato Sauce? Use Avocado as Pizza Sauce

    IDEA: If you’re craving pizza and realize that you’re out of marinara, or if you’re just looking to switch things up a bit, try using mashed avocado as a tasty and delicious base for your pizzas. Not only is it filling, but also you are pumping your body with a natural energy that you can use to attack

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    White Mac & Cheese with Turkey

    There’s nothing better than a comfort food recipe that has been hacked to be a healthier, more powerful version of its former self. This white mac & cheese dish is no exception.

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  • Hulk Smash Chicken, Asparagus & Avocado Pizza

    Smash your workout and conquer the day with this hearty chicken pizza inspired by the Hulk. This quick meal is high in protein with complex carbohydrates and healthy fats so you can rescue yourself from a boring diet.

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    Chicken Quinoa Burger Showdown: Hardgainer vs Lean Beach Body

    Here’s a healthy burger recipe to jumpstart your summer or seasonal grilling. I enjoy finding ways to incorporate quinoa into recipes like burgers and even meatloaf because it is an easy way to boost the overall macronutrient content with a quality food that is high vitamins and minerals. Have you ever tried a burger using

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  • Cajun Mashed Plantains aka Mofongo with Shrimp

    Need a new complex carbohydrate to freshen your meal prep, refuel your your body post-workout and/or provide energy? Try adding plantains to your diet to pack on muscle or provide a healthy alternative to potato. This is a “fusion” recipe where I take a traditional Puerto Rican dish and add a little Southern cajun flavor!

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  • Chicken Fritatta for Two

    Starting your day off with a healthy and hearty breakfast is always a great way to start your day. And it’s even better when you can make it for 2! Here’s a delicious frittata for 2 for a fit couple, or one hungry gym rat!

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  • Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potato

    Eating healthy and building muscle on a budget is definitely possible! Not only will this meal satisfy your wallet, but also it will get those muscles on the road to recovery for your next brutal gym session. This is one of my favorite meals to enjoy following a nice workout.  It has a nice combination

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  • Salmon-Stuffed Red Potato

    If you want to build muscle and add size, eating salmon and potatoes is the way to go. Adding salmon is a great way to “dress up” a staple bodybuilding food and turn it into a meal that even a family of picky eaters will enjoy.

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  • Muscle Burger

    Post Workout Muscle Burger » Organic grass-fed #Bison burger with baked yam, zucchini, red onions, tomatoes, sprouts & goat cheese in whole wheat pita. Shout out to all the Hard Gainers out there – try this burger! Great recovery meal after an intense resistance training session.

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