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3 Diesel Holiday Recipes On A Dime!

Even during the holidays, you can still eat enough to build muscle on a shoestring budget. These 3 festive recipes deliver big gains for less than $20 total!

The holidays can do a number on your bank account. Shopping, travel, and food—oh, the food!—can really burn through your budget.

Luckily, you can still eat healthy, high-protein foods to fuel your hard-working body without breaking the bank, even during this whirlwind of a shopping season. In fact, you can make these three delicious recipes with less than $20 bucks!

For what basically amounts to the price of two Starbucks white chocolate mochas, these holiday recipes will bring jolly good cheer to your tummy, muscles, and wallet!

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Eggnog Overnight Protein Oatmeal
Total cost: $1.25, Cost per serving (serves 1): $1.25

Eggnog Overnight Protein Oatmeal

Eggnog and the holidays go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you're a fan of eggnog, you'll love that this recipe incorporates that velvety smooth and rich flavor into a killer anytime oatmeal recipe. As the concoction sits overnight, the spices meld together and the flavors deepen so that by the first spoonful, you're in eggnog heaven.

If you want, you can even add a bit of rum for an extra kick in the morning. I won't tell anyone.


rolled oats 1/2 cup

cinnamon 1/2 tsp

vanilla greek yogurt 2.65 oz

eggnog 1/3 cup

vanilla extract 1 tsp

vanilla protein powder 1 scoop

  1. Combine all of your ingredients into a big bowl and mix them together.
  2. Cover your bowl, or put the mixture into a jar or covered Tupperware.
  3. Put your oatmeal into the fridge overnight, or just 2-3 hours if you're really hungry.
  4. When ready to serve, top your oatmeal with some fat-free whipped cream and ground cinnamon. Mouthgasm!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 512
Total Fat 12g
Total Carbs 57g
Protein 44g

Candy Cane Protein Pancakes
Total cost: $1.50, Cost per serving (serves 1): $1.50

Candy Cane Protein Pancakes

Hankering for some sweet pancakes to start your day? Why not make some good ol' flapjacks pumped full of protein and Christmas-themed cheer with candy canes and peppermint? Perfect for Christmas morning, if I do say so myself!


candy cane 1

rolled oats 3/4 cup

vanilla protein powder 1 scoop

peppermint extract 1 tsp

large egg 1

egg whites 2 large

cottage cheese 1/2 cup

baking powder 1 tsp

  1. Combine all of your ingredients into either a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend everything together.
  3. Divide your mix into two bowls, then add in your red food coloring to one of the bowls.
  4. Mix that bowl until coloring is incorporated.
  5. Turn your stove to medium heat. Coat a skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Pour your mix in and cook each side of your pancakes for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Stack up your cakes and top with some fat-free whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 590
Total Fat 10g
Total Carbs 64g
Protein 61g

Healthy Holiday Meatballs
Total cost: $5.80, Cost per serving (serves 12): $0.48

Healthy Holiday Meatballs

Store-bought meatballs will never hold a candle to these homemade ones. First and foremost, these actually have meat in them, not hydrolyzed soy protein concentrate or any other filler crap that probably didn't come from anything that once walked on four legs. Let's change your holiday bulking plan, one meatball at a time.


lean ground turkey 1.3 pounds

eggs 2 large

stuffing mix 4 servings

ketchup 2 tbsp

black pepper 1/4 tsp

ground ginger 1/4 tsp

garlic powder 1/2 tsp

raisins 1/4 cup

red onion 1/4 chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix them together.
  3. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Grab a portion of the mixture and shape into a ball (recipe makes 12, but make them however big you want them to be).
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy with some barbecue sauce or gravy. Yum!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 meatball
Recipe yields: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 128
Total Fat 4.3g
Total Carbs 10.8g
Protein 11.5g