Strongman Protein Pudding Breakfast
By Anthony Ricciuto
The Big Boy Breakfast
Hey, folks today I wanted to give you one of my favorite protein pudding recipes that I use often with my athletes and also enjoy myself. I wanted to give you something power-packed with nutrients to help build muscle and provide a good energy source to keep you going strong all day long. Be warned, this is a very ginormous sized portion that I am going to provide today. I have been getting some emails as of late from some of our larger strength athletes at over 300 pounds plus complaining to me that when I give out recipes they are for either women or lightweight men. So with that said I want to keep the “Big Boys” happy as well and give them something they can enjoy without having to adjust the recipe. For those of you who are lighter in weight, you can simply cut it in half and it will work out just as nicely.
Strongman Approved Breakfast Pudding!
Protein Loaded Muscle Builder
For this recipe, I wanted to provide not one but two high-quality sources of protein. Here I combined fast and slow absorbing sources to get the best of both worlds. When you wake up in the morning you do want a quick-acting protein source to get into your bloodstream with lightning speed. But at the same time, you would also want something to help sustain you a few hours until your next meal comes rolling around. With the mix of whey isolate and 1% cottage cheese, you have a perfect mix to get the job done.
Sustained All-Day Energy
For carbs, I wanted to give you one that would help slowly release into your system so that you don’t crash an hour later due to a massive insulin spike. What could be better than rolled oats? This way it will keep you going for hours to come or fuel you up for your upcoming training session. I also included a healthy fat source to help slow down the carb and protein absorption just a little more and provide that nice buffer that it does do so well at. I chose cashew butter as this healthy fat source. If you have never had it before then be warned. I am telling you this stuff is addictive. No lie I could sit there and eat an entire container in one sitting. I am sure my stomach would hurt after that and I might be bound up for a day but it would all be worth it. All joking aside, cashew butter is my favorite of all the nut butter. Yes, I do love natural peanut butter and almond butter too, but cashew butter is on a whole other level. This recipe is not loaded with fat but just enough to balance out the meal.
Cashew Butter Is Delicious and Highly Addictive!
For those of you who like a little caffeine in the morning to get your day started, I didn’t forget about you either and made sure you can have your cake and eat it too. Nothing like a recipe with coffee already inside of it. Saves you the time of brewing up a cup or having to hit the drive-thru at Tim Hortons. For all the Americans not familiar with Timmy’s it is the Canadian coffee spot that is basically on every corner in every city. If you ever come up to the Great White North make sure to give it a try as you will fall in love. Not to be forgotten is a nice dose of fiber to keep your plumbing working in the right direction. Nothing says trouble like a 350-pound Strongman who is constipated and believe me that is not a pretty sight in the least. So let’s take a look at this protein-packed pudding you are sure to love not only for how you will feel but for the amazing taste as well.
Get Yourself Some Timmy’s Eh!
2 scoops of Chocolate Whey Isolate
1/2 cup Pasteurized Egg Whites
1 cup 1% Cottage Cheese
1 cup Sprouted Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup of Unsweetened Cashew Milk
2 teaspoon of Instant Coffee
4 tablespoons of Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons of Cashew Butter
2 Tablespoons of Sprouted Chia Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Stevia
Can You Eat All of the Pudding?
Ok so as you can see this is a recipe of massive proportions that is for sure. Like I mentioned earlier this size is made for either Super heavyweight Powerlifters or Strongman competitors. To be honest I know a few light heavyweight Powerlifters that could tackle this down easily as well due to their massive caloric intake to keep them fueled for their tough training sessions. Either way, even if you are smaller you could make the entire batch and eat half and save the other half for tomorrow’s breakfast.
Variety is the Spice of Life
All you are going to need for this recipe is a food processor to mix everything together. The prep time is just a few minutes by taking it all out of the fridge and cupboards but beyond that, there is really little effort for such a delicious meal. Now there are a few reasons why I like this recipe so much. First off there are times when a hearty steak and eggs breakfast is not possible. It could be that you woke up late, you forgot to get the groceries, or you simply aren’t in the mood for a meat-based breakfast. Next is the variety. As with all things in life, variety is of key importance to keep boredom at bay. Adding this breakfast recipe a couple of times per week can really help break the monotony up of egg whites and oatmeal or eggs and turkey bacon that you eat day in and day out. Another benefit to this is this recipe works best if it is made the night before. Yes, you can prep it first thing in the morning, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes while you shave and shower, and then wolf it down. But I have found by letting it chill and thicken overnight it comes out even better. Either way, you slice it you will be pleased with the results. Made the night before saves you time and you can wake up and eat right away.
Sometimes You Need to Mix Things Up!
Protein: 120 grams
Carbs: 103 grams
Fat: 25 grams
Side Notes and Tips
Now here are a few other tips to help you out. Now some of you might not like the taste of cottage cheese and that is fine. To be honest you can’t even taste it as the cocoa and cashew butter cover up the taste very nicely. I have made this recipe before for some guests and they had no idea there was any cottage cheese in it at all. Now you might be asking about toppings. Even though it is awesome on its own some people like toppings on everything they eat and you may be one of them. What I have done in the past is used some sugar-free chocolate syrup or put a small handful of cashews on top with some white chocolate chips. Hell, maybe you might enjoy adding them all to the mix. Just remember it will change the macros slightly depending on how loaded you top this bad boy off. You may be wondering about me using sprouted gluten-free rolled oats. You can use just regular rolled oats so this is not a concern at all. I personally find regular oats to bloat my stomach and that is why I have switched over to gluten-free oats. If you find that you bloat hard after a bowl of oatmeal this could be an issue to consider and you may find switching over can make a huge difference. When it comes to the sprouted version I like the taste better. As for the coffee, it really is optional. If you want to eat this later in the day you can use a decaf coffee or simply take it out. Timmy’s does have coffee you can brew at home so either way you are good to go!
The Sprouted Oats that are Currently in My Cupboard!
So here you have a heavy-duty protein loaded pudding recipe even a barbarian would love. I apologize to my super-sized strength athletes for not doing enough specific recipes for you but no stress because I will be taking note of it and making sure you get your due. This won’t be the only protein pudding recipe that I will be letting you in on so don’t fret. It is one of my favorites and I am sure that after you give it a whirl it will be for you too. So get out that food processor and whip up a power-packed breakfast to start your day in the right direction!