Diesel On A Dime: 4 Perfect Bodybuilding Recipes

Get ready for 4 perfect diesel recipes that won't break the bank! Please wipe the drool off your keyboard. It's time to shop, cook, and grow!

There's an inescapable mantra in the fitness industry: You gotta eat big to get big! That's easy to say, but what is an aspiring Mr. or Ms. Olympia with a limited budget to do?

Luckily, your growing muscles aren't doomed just because you're short on cash! You can still eat nutrient-dense, high-protein foods that fuel your hard-working body without breaking the bank. In fact, you can make all four delicious recipes with less than 20 bucks!

The total cost for all four recipes runs you less than the price of two Chipotle burritos, my friend. They certainly feed you more than two burritos do, as well, so break out your aprons and get ready to cook up some muscles!

1Mass-building No-powder Protein Smoothie
Total Cost: $1.00 per serving


Watch the Video - 3:45



Constantly replenishing your supply of protein powder can be a strain on your wallet, so here's a weight-gaining recipe that doesn't use protein powder. Instead you get quality sources of protein from liquid egg whites and Greek yogurt, which add the "yum" factor to your smoothie. If you want to add extra calories and sweetness, use a frozen banana instead of ice.

Ingredients

Any milk of your choice 1 cup


Rolled oats 1/2 cup


Banana 1 banana


Peanut butter 1 tablespoon


Powdered peanut butter 4 tablespoons


Cocoa powder 2 tablespoons


Liquid egg whites 9 tablespoons


Flaxseed meal 2 tablespoons


Fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt 5.3 ounces


Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon


Ice 1/2 cup





Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend them together.
  2. Drink. Brain freeze!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 smoothie
Amount per serving
Calories 732
Total Fat 20 g
Total Carbs 80 g
Protein 58 g

2Strawberry Banana No-powder Protein Smoothie
Total Cost: $0.80


Watch the video - 3:08



No powder, no problem! Just like the previous protein smoothie, you can use liquid egg whites and Greek yogurt for protein, and a broader spectrum of other nutrients, in this tasty recipe. While I chose to use vanilla-flavored yogurt, you can also use strawberry (or even strawberry banana, if you can find it) to enhance the fruit flavors used in this recipe.

If you don't have fresh strawberries and bananas on hand, frozen fruit works perfectly— you just may have to use less ice. Now rub your belly while patting your head and saying, "Mmm!"

Ingredients

Any milk of your choice 1 cup


Banana 1/2 banana


Strawberries 1 cup


Liquid egg whites 9 tablespoons


Fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt 5.3 ounces


Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon


Ice 1/2 cup





Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend them together.
  2. Drink. Brain freeze!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 smoothie
Amount per serving
Calories 331
Total Fat 7 g
Total Carbs 34 g
Protein 33 g

3S'mores Protein Cheesecake Total cost: $4.00
Cost per serving (4 Servings): $1.00

I heard you wanted s'more recipes (get it, get it?), so here's one for a cheesecake. I know what you're thinking: "You're killin' me, smalls!"

Watch the video - 5:23



Ingredients

Eggs 2 large eggs



Fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt 10.6 ounces


Fat-free cream cheese 12 ounces


Sweetener 1/4 cup


Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon


Lemon juice 2 teaspoons


Ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon


Miniature marshmallows 2/3 cup


Peanut butter 1 tablespoon


Light brown sugar 1 teaspoon


Semi-sweet chocolate 4 pieces


Low-fat honey graham crackers 2 full sheets






Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (162 degrees C).
  2. Break up semi-sweet chocolate pieces into a large bowl. Add all ingredients except honey graham crackers.
  3. Mix everything together (using a hand mixer makes things a lot easier).
  4. Line a 6x2 round cake pan with some parchment paper, pour the mix in, and top with crushed honey graham crackers.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C) for another 50-60 minutes.
  7. Remove cheesecake and let it cool.
  8. Once cooled, wrap it up and put it into the fridge overnight (or a couple hours if you can't wait that long). Mouth-gasm!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 344
Total Fat 8 g
Total Carbs 32 g
Protein 35 g

4Quick-n-Easy Turkey Chili
Total cost: $5.50
Cost per serving (10 Servings): $0.55

As they say, turkey chili is the meal of bodybuilding champs. Okay, so I might be the only one who says that, but this recipe is packed with so much muscle-fueling protein, workout-replenishing carbohydrates, and tummy-filling fiber that it'll certainly help with your goals and performance in the gym—all for the cost of a Starbucks Venti-sized caramel macchiato!

This chili recipe is mild in terms of heat. For an extra kick, add in Sriracha or some other hot sauce. For additional calories, top your chili with sour cream, cheese, bacon, or anything else you can think of!

Watch the video - 5:49



Ingredients

Olive oil 1-1/2 tablespoons


93/7 lean ground turkey (or beef) 1-1/3 lbs.


Water 2 cups


Red onion chopped 1/2 medium onion


Red bell pepper chopped 1 pepper


Minced garlic 1-1/2 teaspoons


Diced green chilis 6 tablespoons


Crushed tomatoes 28 ounces


Crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon


Reduced-sodium black beans 15 ounces


Reduced-sodium dark red kidney beans 16 ounces


Low-sodium chili seasoning mix 1 packet





Directions
  1. Heat a large pan on stove at medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil and let that heat up.
  3. Add lean ground turkey and brown on both sides, being careful not to overcook.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and incorporate everything together, stirring occasionally.
  5. Turn up the heat and bring chili to a boil.
  6. Cover chili, lower heat, and simmer for another 30-35 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 231
Total Fat 7 g
Total Carbs 25 g
Protein 18 g

Finally, here's the full video for all the recipes. Enjoy!

Watch the video - 13:33