Protein Pudding: Looks Awful, Tastes Great!

This weekend I’ll be attending the 2010 Ontario Naturals Bodybuilding, Fitness and Bikini Championships to support a couple of my athletes who’ll be competing. While I’ll have more on their stories and some advanced fat loss strategies in the weeks to come, I did want to share one dead simple recipe that has been going over like gangbusters with these ladies.

Protein pudding.

Now I realize that on first inspection pudding doesn’t really seem to qualify as a killer body transformation strategy, but when one of your goals as a nutritionist is to create meals using healthy ingredients that are not only appropriate for physique competitors, but also appeal to the lay public, pudding takes on added significance.

Whereas no one will deny that broccoli and chicken breast are awesomely healthy foods, the prospect of eating these foods every day for 16 weeks is enough to bring any physique athlete to tears. Likewise, broccoli and plain chicken breast aren’t the easiest sell to “new to healthy eating” dieters who believe they should be commended for choosing fruit juice and granola bars instead of a can of pop and a chocolate bar.

When the goal is to create tasty meals that individuals won’t grow tired of, is there a taste combination with more lasting appeal than peanut butter and chocolate? Unfortunately, when these two flavours are combined, you can almost be assured the result is not going to be physique friendly… until now.

With kudos to my buddy Craig Hamilton for introducing me to this recipe, here is the ultimate in anytime snacks: peanut butter protein pudding.

This dead easy recipe takes 1 minute to prepare and is high in protein, fibre and monounsaturated fats. When was the last time you could say that about one of your daily snacks?

Peanut Butter Protein Pudding

1 TBSP natural peanut or almond butter
1 TBSP Chia Seed
1 – 1 ½ scoop protein powder
splash of water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, adding water until the mixture takes on a pudding-like consistency.

Nutrition info: 280 kcal
Fat: 14 g
Carbohydrate: 12 g
– fibre 7 g
Protein 30 g

That’s it. Sure the resulting creation kind of looks like mud, but we are trying to create optimized nutrition, not win a recipe beauty contest.

Looks can be deceiving, give it a try and I can guarantee it’ll rapidly become one of your new favourites.

Till next time, train hard and eat clean!