Re:high cal shakes
1. James' Super Smoothie: The JSS Bulker http://www.muscletalk.c...icle-super-smoothie.aspx
The following makes two large servings; practically it's best to make this in the evening and have one serving straight away and store the second half in a sealed container in the fridge for breakfast:
1 tbsp linseeds, ground
400ml skimmed milk
1 medium banana
3 heaped tbsp low fat natural yoghurt
100g organic jumbo oats
1 heaped tbsp of activated barley powder
3 scoops maltodextrin powder
3 scoops whey protein powder
1 tbsp wheat grass
Put linseeds into a clean, dry blender/smoothie maker and whiz them on their own to ensure they are ground well. Add chopped fruit, milk and oats and blend well, ensuring fruit is puréed and oats are ground and you have a smoothie texture. Add protein powder, maltodextrin, wheat grass and barley powder and finally the yoghurt and blend well again. There will be a large volume so you may have to help the mixture with a spoon. (Safety: ensure blender is turned off at power before putting a spoon into the blender!). The resulting mixture should be lump-free, smooth and drinkable; however, should you prefer a thinner consistency smoothie then simply add more water.
Pour half the mixture into a sealed container and immediately refrigerate to be consumed within 12 hours. Preparation and cleaning up can be fairly time consuming, so allow 20 mins to make and tidy up afterwards.
Nutritional Information per serving
Energy – 890kcal
Carbohydrate – 137g
Sugars – 93g
Fat – 16g
Protein – 49g
Fibre – 11.5g
Sodium – 52mg
Calcium – 471mg
The JSS recipe is very nutritious, providing four fruit servings, essential fats, soluble fibre, calcium, high quality protein from different sources, and of course, is very high carbs, both fast and slow acting.
About the Ingredients
The JSS Bulker is very tasty and very filling too, so there's a highly nutritious meal in itself; infact it's two highly nutritious meals! This recipe is great for beginners, hard gainers, bulkers, off season bodybuilders, powerlifters, strongmen and athletes with high nutritional requirements to include every day. However, the main problem people had with the original recipe was that it's too high calorie, so how can it be adapted to suit people with other goals...?
- Linseeds are a source of flaxseed oil which provides some essential fatty acids. As a seed, the fats are protected from damage by light and heat, so you'll need to grind the seeds or you will not b able to digest them. You can grind them with a pestle and mortar or simply by adding them first to the blender with no other ingredients.
- Skimmed milk is included as it's a good source or protein, carbs and calcium. I suggest skimmed as opposed to full cream or semi-skimmed (half fat) milk because the fats in these are homogenised saturated fat which have been linked with increased risk of heart disease. If however, you're not keen on milk or have a degree of lactose intolerance, then simply reduce the amount used and replace with water.
- The fruits you include in your JSS are really your choice. Try to vary it, but my choices of three apples and one banana are more for practical reasons. Try different fruits: pears, berries and melon all work well – it's up to you, just ensure you include four items. We're encouraged to have at least five fruit and veg per day, but infact we should try to have seven or eight for optimum nutrition; well, with the JSS that's four taken care of!
- The yoghurt is there for flavour and texture, but it does provide protein and calcium too.
- Oats are a great source of low glycaemic (GI - slow release) carbs and they also blend very easily. They are also a good source of β-glucan which is a potent type of soluble fibre; great for gut health aswell as helping lower cholesterol levels.
- The activated barley is merely a supplemental slow released carb source, and I used this mainly because it means you can still have a good low GI carb content using less oats; i.e. they help keep a thinner consistency. If you can't get hold of this, don't worry, simply use slightly more oats.
- Maltodextrin is synthetic supplemental complex carb, which is actually very rapidly digested and absorbed, so is high GI. As JSS contains high and low GI carbs there is a sustained release of carbs for energy, giving it an optimal carb profile.
- Whey protein is a protein which is digested, absorbed and taken up by muscles quickly. It is available in powdered supplements so make sure you use a quality brand.
- Wheat grass is what people refer to as a 'superfood', and sellers will often claim all weird and wonderful benefits from this product. Most are unfortunately unfounded, but even so it is a great product to include in your diet, and a convenient way of including it is in JSS. Wheat grass is very nutrient dense, providing fibre and a range of micronutrients in a small volume. These nutrients are also more bioavailable than in many other foods, which is what makes this 'superfood' a useful addition.
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