If you're following the LeanGains diet approach and are looking for something to satisfy your desire on one of your scheduled cheat or non-cheat meals, a cheesecake may just be the perfect thing.

Each and every one of us does have a food that we naturally tend to prefer when having a cheat meal, but for many, cheesecake fits the bill perfectly. Best of all, if you'd rather not use the cheesecake as your cheat meal, there is a healthy cheesecake recipe that will fit the LeanGains normal diet protocol very well.

If you are going to use it as your cheat meal, it's important to realize that it's best to try and keep the cheesecake as high protein, high carb as possible. This is what will ensure the cheat you have is a complete success and help you move forward along with your goals.

Many people choose to cheat on high-fat fare, and while this may satisfy your taste buds, it isn't exactly going to help you get the physiological results that you're looking for from this meal.

The LeanGains cheesecake recipe below however will satisfy the normal LeanGains diet requirements, but if you prefer to jazz it up a little and make it a cheat meal, you can add in a number of added variations to up the calorie and carb content. This could include adding more fruit or fruit spreads on top, drizzling on some chocolate or caramel syrups, adding marshmallow cream into the mix, or serving it up with some low-fat ice cream.

There are many different ways that you can tweak this recipe as you see fit so that it's most enjoyable to you.

Here is your healthy version of a LeanGains cheesecake recipe. Note that if you don't like the pumpkin flavor, remove the can of pumpkin puree, increase the greek yogurt requirement, and remove the cinnamon and pie spice, adding vanilla or other flavors of your choosing.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

2 cups skim cottage cheese

1 can Pumpkin Pure

6 oz cup vanilla, non-fat greek yogurt

3 large egg whites

1 cup splenda sweetener

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Beat your cheesecake ingredients together, beating in one egg white at a time. Next bake at 350*F for 45 minutes. Place it in the fridge overnight.

So next time you're in the mood for cheesecake, give this recipe a try.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.

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