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How to turn BCAA's into a delicious dessert

2016-08-19

(Using a secret ingredient you'll never guesss!!)

If you're a gym regular looking to maximize the quality of your workouts and possibly shed some fat along the way, you're probably familiar with BCAAs. Just in case you're not, let's lay out the benefits. BCAAs are essential amino acids that are called "branched-chained" amino acids because their molecular structures are, well, branched.

While that all sounds great, the real power behind BCAAs comes from their supporting role in helping build mass and are especially helpful for maintaining muscle mass while on a calorie-deficit diet.  BCAAs are commonly consumed before, during, and after training. BCAAs are also often consumed by people who are fans of intermittent fasting. They're a great way to prevent muscle breakdown and stimulate protein synthesis when training in a fasted state.

But enough about BCAAs; while they're awesome, they're not the magical ingredient in this powerhouse dessert. No, the magical ingredient is even more solidly backed by data as an effective fat-burning powerhouse. What is it? I'll give you four clues:

Clue 1: It's often featured in "diet" supplements - including protein powders - because of its fat-burning properties.
Clue 2: It's an ingredient that many believe should be part of everyone's healthy diet.
Clue 3: It's something you're bound to have in your cupboard. And, if you don't, you should.
Did you guess right?

It's green tea. Combined with some BCAAs and gelatin, it makes a fine dessert jello. It's tasty, filling, rich in antioxidants, and delicious. It's an absolute power snack! It's great to munch on before or after your workout or on a rest day.

To change things up, try this with different flavored green teas like jasmine green tea, mint green tea, and citrus, honey, or berry-flavored green teas.