Bodybuilding Recipes to Help Build Muscle

In order to grow, you need to eat. And in order to add quality mass, you need to consume meals that have good quality macronutrients – especially protein. To keep things fresh and interesting, I’m going to share with you some amazing bodybuilding recipes that you can use when you’re looking for a new and delicious meal to try out.

The below bodybuilding recipes contain a great start to your day, an anytime lunch or dinner meal for those with a busy schedule, and a “you won’t be able to resist” protein-slammed dessert/snack.

  1. Wake-Me-Up Breakfast Shake

This is definitely the best of the best when it comes to bodybuilding recipes and trumps everything on this list. Ok, I’m slightly biased because this is my very own recipe that I personally love to kickstart my day with and those who I have shared it with have come back to me saying it’s nearly addicting. So, I had to add it to the list. This is the perfect protein shake for those crunched on time in the morning but want not only a jolt of caffeine but also some good quality protein and carbohydrates.

Servings: 1


  • 2 tsp. instant coffee
  • 10 fl. oz. water
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 6 cubes ice


  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend until the contents are thoroughly mixed.
  2. Pour in a cup and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 284

Fat: 2g

Carbohydrates: 37g

Protein: 30g


  1. Steak Chili

Bodybuilders are always trying to maximize their time during the day. In order to do so, many like the convenience of a crockpot where they can add all of their ingredients, set it and come back to a protein-packed meal. Just like with the shake recipe above, this is a very easy and straightforward meal you can use anytime. Definitely keep this starred as it could become one of your favorite bodybuilding recipes when you need a quick and hot meal. You could also add some brown or white rice to go with this meal to increase the carbohydrates if you wish.

Servings: 8


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 large green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 pounds top round or bottom round steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes or smaller
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. leaf oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4 Tbsp. Chipotle pepper paste
  • 1 cup water or stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Take your steak and season it with salt and pepper. Then use some olive oil in a pan and put it on the stovetop on medium-high heat. Brown the steak but do not cook all the way. Once browned, add it to the crockpot.
  2. Using the same pan you used for the steak, sauté some onions and then toss them into the crockpot.
  3. Again, using the same pan, sauté your peppers and then add them also to the crockpot.
  4. Put your garlic and spices into the pan and sauté them. Toss in your tomato paste and Chipotle paste and sauté for just one minute before then adding in some water/stock and gently stirring the entire mixture. Then, pour it into the crockpot.
  5. Toss your celery and tomatoes into the crockpot as well as what’s remaining of your water/stock. Turn the crockpot on high and allow it to simmer. Once it begins simmering, turn the temperature down. If you are using bottom round steak in your meal you should then finish cooking by allowing it to cook for an additional 60 or 90 minutes. If using top round steak you should let it cook from the simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Put your steak chili in a bowl and top with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 297

Fat: 15g

Carbohydrates: 14g

Protein: 27g


  1. Maple-Glazed Vanilla Protein Donuts

Who can resist donuts? They’re delicious. Now, you can have your treat all while taking in some high-quality protein in the process. Do I really need to even explain why I have this in our bodybuilding recipes? It’s a “healthy” donut, my friends. There’s nothing else to say other than “you’re welcome.”

Servings: 12 mini donuts (4 servings)



  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein isolate
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce


  • 4 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • 4 tsp. coconut oil, melted


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. Take all of the dry ingredients and mix them together in a bowl.
  3. Add in your applesauce and continue mixing.
  4. Using a silicon mini donut pan, scoop out some of the batter you made using a spoon and place it in the individual donut pan spaces.
  5. Set the timer for 8 minutes and allow your donuts to bake. Once the timer goes off, check to ensure the donuts are firm and not wet. If they are still wet, set the timer for one-minute increments and continually check until they are firm and then remove them from the oven.
  6. Allow the donuts to cool to around room temperature and then place them on either a cookie sheet or parchment paper.
  7. Place the donuts in the freezer for a few minutes to further allow them to set.
  8. Mix together in a bowl the glaze ingredients.
  9. Then, remove the donuts from the freezer and using a fork through the hole of the donut, dip them one by one into the glaze and then put them back on the cookie sheet or parchment paper.
  10. Place the donuts back in the freezer for a few additional minutes so the glaze can harden slightly.
  11. Pull out the donuts and enjoy your delicious treat! Store the remaining donuts in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat more.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 154

Fat: 5g

Carbohydrates: 11g

Protein: 17g


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