In this article I will show you how to get the most out of your diet by eating foods that build muscle. These foods are great for various reasons; most of the foods are high in protein while some contain certain elements that will help you pack on lean muscle like never before.
The foods we want to focus on contain a well balanced variety of both essential and non-essential amino acids. The foods that contain both of these amino acids, necessary for building muscle, are known as “complete proteins”. We want to find foods that contain complete proteins because they are the best for building muscle tissue.
Most of these muscle building foods are low in carbohydrates because they are derived from animals so you need to still eat carbohydrates. Concentrate on eating these foods that build muscle during every meal along with some type of complex carbohydrate food like whole grain cereal or oatmeal. This combination of eating will give your body the energy and nutrients it needs to build muscle fast!
You will want to get skinless chicken breasts because they are low in fat and cholesterol. You can cook chicken breasts a million different ways. Look around for some different ways of cooking chicken because chances are you will eat a lot of it and it could a little repetitive and old. I like to add spices to my chicken breasts because it keeps the flavor changing and also keeps the calories low.
You can cook chicken in the oven, on the grill, or on the stove. I like to start the grill up once or twice a week and cook a couple chicken breasts so I don’t have to cook them every time I want one. After you have them cooked, toss them in the fridge, and then later on just reheat the chicken in the microwave before you toss them in your meal.
If you are having trouble gaining weight, try switching to red meat. Red meat is higher in calories which might be just what you need to start putting on the extra muscle. Your body needs a surplus of calories to build muscle and switching from chicken to red meat might make all the difference. And if that’s not enough… red meat tastes delicious!
You can make some great meals with tuna; my favorite being the classic tuna sandwich. I like to mix the tuna up with some miracle whip and sweet relish in a bowl. Then I just toss it between some whole grain bread and you will have a great lunch with the perfect muscle building foods.
Egg whites are also really inexpensive even with the rising price of food these days. You can get a dozen of eggs for around $2.00. I like to hard boil my eggs so that I can bring them with me for a quick snack or a meal on the go. To hard boil your eggs just boil some water on the stove, toss the eggs in and wait until they float which means they are done cooking. Finally, take them out and let them cool. I like to store them in the fridge until I am ready to eat them.
Peanut butter is probably the easiest muscle building food on this list to make. You can stick with the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich or try something different like peanut butter and yogurt. I know peanut butter and yogurt sounds weird but try mixing it up and dipping apples in it… its amazing!
I would recommend having them before 7pm because they are higher in carbohydrates and you generally don’t need that many late in the evening. However, they are high in dietary fiber so a large part of the calories will just pass through your body; so this shouldn’t be a big problem. Eat your beans!
Because cottage cheese can get a little boring over time try mixing a personal size yogurt in with a bowl of cottage cheese. I like to mix fat-free flavored yogurt with cottage cheese, this gives you around 20 grams of protein for building muscle. Also, some people like to mix fruit and a dash of pepper in with their cottage cheese to keep the carbohydrates lower while still benefiting from the muscle building power of cottage cheese.
In addition to containing special compounds broccoli is high in fiber and contains special cancer-fighting pytochemicals. Foods high in fiber are great before bed because the fiber will not convert to fat while you sleep. Broccoli may not be high in protein but it is a food that should be in your muscle building diet.
Milk’s mix of simple sugars makes it great in the morning, after a workout, and a late night snack. It will give your body a little extra burst of energy when you are running low. Milk makes the perfect natural post workout drink, second to that of a whey protein shake.
In addition to being a great source of fuel for your workouts oatmeal is cheap and delicious. You can find tons of different flavors in the stores for only a couple of dollars a dozen. Oatmeal is a great way for any bodybuilder to stay healthy on a budget.
I hope that these muscle building foods help you build the body you have always wanted. If you want to know more about nutrition be sure to check out our Nutrition Guide. Thanks for reading!