ECD for Men and Chocolate Mousse

by Christina @ The Athletarian on September 24, 2012

This weekend was full of a lot of non-exercising.  Sometimes that’s just the way it works out!  There’s something that I just love about waking up early and getting a good sweat in before work.  On weekends even though I have more time, I kind of like being lazy, resting, food prepping, and hanging out with my dog and Dean.

Speaking of Dean…the ECD team actually just sent him a copy of The Eat Clean Diet For Men!

He was so excited to get it.  It’s actually the only one from the collection that we don’t have so we immediately started flipping through it looking for new recipes to make.  He’s already promised to make me sweet potato pancakes and coconut rice.  YUM.  Dean put the book to use immediately on the weekend and made the black beans and rice recipe:

He is also very bad at taking focused pictures.

Since Operation Lean is in full effect because of my big surprise (which I promise you will find out soon), I have figured out a way to eat guilt-free chocolate.  For the longest time I have been seeing/hearing about people eating casein before bed (it’s slow digesting and helps maintain muscle in an anabolic state).  I didn’t really think anything of it because I try to stay away from animal protein powders.  I’ve had bad experiences with whey and never wanted to go back.  Meg is always talking about her casein fudge and that girl has never steered me wrong so I decided to give it a go.

Verdict?  Yummy.  It may not look appetizing but it definitely is.  All I did was mix one scoop of casein with just enough almond milk to make it thick and pudding-like.  I popped it in the fridge for about 30 minutes, topped it with PB2 and unsweetened coconut, and voila!  It was very mousse-y and didn’t have that weird animal aftertaste that whey powders often have.  Bonus: one scoop of casein has 24g of protein.  So I’ll just eat this four times a day and I’ll be good to go.  KIDDING.

Have you ever tried casein?

Do you use protein powders?  What kind?

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gemma September 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

I had sweet potato pancakes for breakfast – sooo delicious! I am lazy on weekends too – it’s okay – we need time to recharge :) Happy Monday!

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2 Ed September 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hey I would totally dig trying out the Eat Clean Diet for Men. And shoot since i got back from Alaska I think I am going to need it!

Casin? I know Casino….but the chips are not that tasty….

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3 Angie @ Fitness Girl Kitchen September 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hmm…I’ve never had caseine before but have heard great things about it. I do use Sunwarrior Raw Protein powder made with brown rice protein, and I really like it. Makes me less bloaty than normal whey, plus it doesn’t have soy which I cannot have. So it works all around!

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4 Alex @ therunwithin September 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

I have never tried casein but i keep hearing about it!

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5 Felicia September 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

you girls are killing me with this surprise!

i love teras whey and MRM protein , never tried casein

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6 Lisa September 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

I use whey protein powder. I like to use it in my pancakes, oatmeal, baked goods, etc.
I’ll have to check out ECD for men, I bet with super bowl around the corner I could use a few ideas! :)

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7 Sonia the Mexigarian September 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

I think if I got my husband the eat clean diet for men, he might be offended. . :( Though maybe if i cooked from it for him. . . and he enjoys the food, maybe he’ll get the hint.

I have had the sunwarrior protein and made the mistake of buying it flavored vanilla. I really didn’t like it at the beginning, but it’s tolerable now, though not a favorite. i might give the unflavored version a try.

Never knowingly had casein.

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8 Rachelle September 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Oh I am loving that picture of the Dean Machine on a Monday morning! You better start showing more Dean porn on the blog with all of his fancy man recipies. :)

I better back track and read up on this operation lean!

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9 Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem September 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I have just been reading about casein, but I have not tried it. I think your pudding thing looks good, but I think most things with coconut do.

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10 Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance September 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm

yummmmmm! the fudge sounds amazing! i probably say this every time you post a pic of Dean…but he makes me laugh…every single picture. holy cow. what a nut! im with shell…i need to read about operation lean. now that the ultra is past…i need to GET LEAN!

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11 Chris@ oomf running September 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Weekends are made for recharging, gotta get rested up for an awesome week of workouts! All of that food looks so good.

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12 Kate @ Run with Kate September 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Those beans and rice look so delicious!! YUMM! Can’t wait for the surprise!

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13 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner September 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

That fudge sounds incredible! I have never tried casein or honestly even heard much about it before, but I’ll have to read up on it now!

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14 Jenny @ The Little JBird September 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Princeton is so cute! Can’t wait to hear your surprise!! :)

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15 Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) September 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

LOOKS DELICIOUS! And sounds like a GREAT weekend!

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16 Renee K September 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Is Casein easier to digest than Whey?
I have been avoiding dairy and grains and still looking for a quick emergency protein source like a shake.
PS. Thank you for your blog. I really enjoy reading it

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