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Chipotle Chickpeas and Baked Potato Bowls

This is my most recent meal prep obsession. Chickpeas and baked potatoes make an amazing one-two punch if you’re dieting! This meal is relatively low calorie (~350-450 cals per serving) and leaves me full for quite a long time. However, this is NOT a low-carb recipe and you should definitely be dieting on the higher carb side of things if you are going to use this recipe!

So without further delay, here’ the recipe:

ingredients

  • 3 cans Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
    1/2 can chipotle in adobo sauce
    3 tbsp BBQ sauce
    2 lb Potatoes
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

instructions

potato prep

  • Bake potatoes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until soft, or microwave if your microwave is capable of doing so.
  • Once cooked let potatoes cool.

chickpea prep

  • Rinse chickpeas thoroughly, place in mixing bowl.
  • Add BBQ sauce to mixing bowl.
  • Dice Chipotle peppers, add to mixing bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Add 1-3 tsp onion powder (I find you can judge based on smell and taste).
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Let sit 10 minutes.
  • Sautee chickpeas in olive oil on medium heat for 5-8 minutes.

Putting the bowls together

  • Line bottom of bowl with baked potato, smash thoroughly with fork.
  • Coat with small layer of garlic salt to taste.
  • Layer Chickpeas over potatoes, smash gently with fork.
  • Layer 1-2 servings raw baby spinach onto Chickpeas.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Estimated Macros

The way I prep my bowls I get 5 equal servings by dividing it up as follows:

  • 170g Chipotle Chickpeas
  • 250g Baked Potato
  • 40g Spinach

The Macros are:

  • Calories – 416
  • Carbs – 82g
  • Protein – 15 g
  • Fat – 5 g

 

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What is Neural Drive?

Neural Drive is the term people use commonly when referring to strength gains that don’t accompany muscle growth. Essentially, it refers to an adaptation in which the nervous system is more efficiently communicating with the muscles and is able to produce greater force despite the muscle being the same size.┬áThere are a lot of ways we can train to have neural drive, including focusing our training efforts on the underlying principles of neural plasticity.

In the following video I discuss the definition of neural drive, and how you can use it to positively impact your own strength training.