Anabolic Diet: 3 High Carb Meal Ideas

On the anabolic diet, individuals will switch between two phases, a low carbohydrate phase and a high carbohydrate phase. The low carbohydrate phase occurs during the week and the high carbohydrate phase takes place on the weekends. This diet, created by Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale, is designed to have the body switch from carbohydrate sources to body fat storages to garner energy and fuel.

During the high carbohydrate phase, individuals should aim for 5 to 8 g of carbohydrates per pound of body fat per day. This article will provide 3 high carbohydrate meal ideas to enjoy during the weekend days of this diet.

1. Scallops with Pasta

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 tsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 lb sea scallops
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan, grated

To begin this carbohydrate loaded meal, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt to the water and add pasta. Cook until al dente. Rinse and dry the scallops. Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Add the butter to the pasta and keep warm. In a large nonstick skillet, add the olive oil. Heat over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Sauté 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the zucchini to the onion mixture and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove vegetables from the skillet and add to the pasta pot. In the same skillet, add the scallops and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque in the center. Combine pasta, vegetables and scallops on your plate. Season with basil and salt and pepper to taste. Top dish with grated parmesan.

2. Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 3 tbsp buckwheat flour
  • 2 ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups maple syrup

For this high carbohydrate breakfast, begin by combining the flours, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Stir until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and oil. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a nonstick skillet. Add ¼ cup of pancake batter to skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbles form. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Continue until all batter is used. Serve warm with maple syrup.

3. Honey Glazed Chicken and Potatoes

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp orange peel, grated
  • 1 tsp rosemary, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 12 small red skin potatoes, halved and lightly steamed

To being this meal, preheat the oven to 375. Place chicken in a roasting pan with potatoes. In a bowl, combine honey, water, oil, spices and orange peel. Whisk until well mixed. Pour mixture over potatoes and chicken. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and potatoes are tender. Turn broiler on high for 2 minutes to brown honey glaze on chicken.

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