It’s Muscle Monday again and I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start and you enjoyed the last post. Seeing as the Breakfast Bites posts have been getting pretty popular I thought I’d share some more things I tend to have in the morning when I’m looking to get myself fuelled and ready for the day.
Let’s get started.
I’m pretty sure more than half my readership can relate to me when I say even though getting up at 5 a.m. is a habit that’s fairly easy to adapt to so you can go workout, it always seems to magnify the already present, achy hunger a person can get when they wake up in the morning even more so than usual.
While I usually down a liter of water as soon as I wake up, once I get to working out and then cool down, I get crazy hungry shortly after. So what’s the fastest way to curb hunger without reaching for a load of junk? You’ll remember in a previous Breakfast Bites post how I talked about the benefits of avocados; the same thing applies here, but just a different food.
The best part is there’s no cooking involved so someone with the intelligence of a rock could make it.
Here’s the recipe. Credit goes to Nomi Fredrick for this one (check out the link at the end of this post).
Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Makes: 16 servings – or less. I’m not gonna tell you how to live your life.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes.
Total Time: Less time than it takes you to finish that spin cycle circuit.
Items Needed: A food processor, or a really good blender. Measuring cups. Hands. A silicone spatula or two.
- 1 can (roughly 400 grams/14 oz) of artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
- 280-300 grams (10 oz) of chopped frozen spinach, thawed out and drained
- 225-250 mL (8 oz) Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 225-250 mL (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened
- 225-250 mL (8 oz) Sour cream
- 11 grams (0.4 oz) Dry vegetable soup mix, in this case Knorr (don’t let the sodium throw you – this’ll actually help post-workout)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 onion (sweet), quarter cut
- 8 cloves of garlic (or more if you intend on being forever alone)
- Toss your onion and garlic into your food processor and run it until they’re chopped nice and fine.
- Add your artichoke hearts, and again, run it until they’re chopped.
- Throw in your spinach, Parmesan cheese, and lastly your vegetable soup mix, this time running your food processor/blender until everything’s well blended, then take it out and put it in a bowl (non-metallic).
- Now grab your cream cheese, mayo, and sour cream and chuck it in your blender/food processor, mixing it until it’s all smooth.
- Take that mix and stir it into the artichoke mixture and boom – you’re done, son.
Simple right? Eat it on its own or with a few tortilla chips – a little maize immediately post-workout will enhance rather than hinder you. This can quickly fill you up after your post-workout shake, too.
Few things to mention…
Like I said earlier, whenever you’ve got an intense workout in the morning, it’s the perfect opportunity to take in a good bit of nutrients as in the morning your cortisol levels are at their highest so you’ve got to choose wisely when it comes to nutrition.
This is where you can get a good bulk of your fats in for for the day – in this case, you’re getting them from your cream cheese, sour cream, Parmesan, and mayo, Each serving of this dip gives you about 10 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat. The original recipe call for reduced fat on most of the dairy, you and I both know why fullt fat can often be better, especially when you’re growing muscle. If you bought either SUPP UP nutrition books, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when it comes to knowing the benefits of all the ingredients in this recipe – If you haven’t, well…you know what to do.
And now time to plug away (these muscles ain’t gonna feed themselves)…
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Recipe Credit: Nomi Fredrick