For those of you trying to eat clean while putting on muscle mass, it can be hard not only getting enough calories and protein each day, but it can also be hard creating delicious meals and snacks.
Some forgo the taste of meals and focus simply on hitting their requirements each day (cold chicken, broccoli, and rice). To be quite honest, I’m not one of those people. I enjoy savoring my meals and become quickly discouraged eating cold, bland food. If it works for you, great. It don’t for me.
One thing that many guys struggle with is satisfying their sweet tooth without going overboard on the calories and carbs. Simple sugar, be it from a donut or a banana, is incredibly addictive and one bite can send you into a feeding frenzy, especially if you’ve been trying to eat clean.
This leads me to a brief, but interesting conversation I had with a gentleman I follow on Twitter by the name of Ryan Stone. He had either created or found online a high protein dessert and was kind enough to share the recipe.
The calories and protein levels will fluctuate based on the types of ingredients you use so I can really give you a good estimate on each serving size. Fortunately, it’s nothing that you won’t be able to figure out yourself.
There’s Always Room for Jell-O
Yes, yes, cue the jokes and memes. Go on and get it out of your system in the comments section, then scroll back up to here.
This recipe is incredibly simple, flexible, and takes only a few minutes to get everything mixed together.
Here’s what you will need for the basic recipe as described by Rian:
- 0.5 cup hot water
- 1.5 cups cold milk
- 2 packages of unflavored gelatin
- 4 scoops of chocolate whey protein
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- pinch of Chinese 5 Spice powder
Mix all the ingredients, except the water until everything is blended and then add the hot water. Mix again, pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave it in your fridge until it hardens.
If you have a blender, it makes the mixing process much easier. I simply mixed everything, minus the hot water, in the blender, poured it into my bowl, added the hot water and gave it one more good stir.
How It Tasted
I was torn with this recipe. The flavor was indeed pretty good. It had a strong chocolate flavor and the milk gave it a creamy flavor, similar to chocolate milk.
That being said, I was not very fond of the texture. It was a mix between Jell-O and chocolate pudding which didn’t jive well with my preferences. Those of you who don’t care about texture so much will probably really like this recipe.
As soon as Rian provided the recipe, my mind began racing with possible tweaks and variations to this recipe.
The first thing that came to mind was adding in coffee to the recipe. This could be accomplished in two ways:
- Add a scoop or two of instant coffee to the mix and proceed as normal.
- Replace the half cup of hot water with a half cup of hot coffee.
I imagine if you’re looking to cut out dairy and/or extra calories, you can also replace the milk with an alternative like almond or coconut milk. If you take this route, leave a comment down below and let us know how it turns out.
In this same vein, if it isn’t already chocolaty enough, you could replace the regular milk with chocolate almond/coconut/milk.
Another variation is changing the flavor of whey protein you’re using. Perhaps a chocolate/peanut butter or vanilla flavored powder is more your speed. One that particularly interests me, though I’m not sure how it’d work in this Jell-O recipe is cinnamon roll flavored whey protein powder.
To REALLY change the recipe, you can go in another direction by replacing the milk with fruit juice and the chocolate whey protein with a strawberry flavored protein. This would probably be more palatable to those who can’t shake the idea of consuming chocolate Jell-O. Again, if you try this, leave your results down below.
I get it. Eating clean while trying to build muscle is hard work. Oftentimes you wind up cramming food down your gullet well after the point where it stops being satisfying and just becomes a chore.
At times like this, something that both satisfies your sweet tooth and is packed full of protein will make life a little bit easier for you.
So if you’re working on building muscle, be it for a competition of some sort or just because you’re tired of being weak and scrawny, remember the old saying…