Want to turn some heads? Then pack on some muscle with these awesome foods. Proper nutrition can make the difference between good condition and great condition.
In addition, cholesterol worries are no more since scientists have concluded that dietary cholesterol does not raise blood cholesterol. If fat is a concern, relax. Of the 5 grams in the egg yolk, only about 1.6 grams are saturated fat.
2. Cottage Cheese
After a bedtime snack of cottage cheese, many people wake up without hunger and, consequently, make good food choices the next day.
In addition, high protein, low carbohydrate foods encourage the body to make more growth hormone, helping you lose fat and gain muscle. Finally cottage cheese is full of calcium, and foods rich in calcium may increase testosterone levels. Increased testosterone makes gaining muscle mass easier.
3. Lean Beef
In fact, when you compare sources of protein, lean beef is not only high quality but it is also a low-cost, low-calorie choice.
For example, to consume the same amount of protein included in a serving of lean beef, you would need to eat a serving of beans so large that its number of calories would be twice that of the beef. In addition, lean beef has only about 5 grams of fat, and half of that is monounsaturated.
4. Pink Salmon
Pink salmon is composed of about 64 percent high quality protein, including essential amino acids. In addition, pink salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, important in lowering the risk of high blood pressure.
Here you will also find copious amounts of vitamin B-12, vitamin D and niacin, a B vitamin that helps the body convert food into energy. And since mercury is not a concern, you can eat as much pink salmon as you wish.
5. Whey Protein
Whey protein concentrate is the least expensive and the least pure, having between 70 – 80 percent protein and 20 – 30 percent fat and carbohydrates. However, whey concentrate is a great place to begin. Whey protein isolate is at least 95 percent pure protein. And whey protein hydrolysate is an extremely easily digested form of whey protein isolate.
Of course, when you add variety to your chicken by incorporating dark meat, you also add some fat and calories, so choose this option sparingly. When the taste of chicken becomes monotonous, try marinating it in lemon juice or injecting it with herbs and spices before you cook it.
7. Brown Rice
And whole grains, like brown rice, contain important phytochemicals, iron, zinc, magnesium and even fatty acids. Grains are essentially seeds that could support the growth of a plant. As such, they contain all the nutrients needed for a plant to thrive. These nutrients are essential to our health, too.
8. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are more nutritionally dense than many commercially available protein powders, and they have other beneficial properties, such as essential fatty acids and good bacteria that are necessary to convert protein into muscle. Although you can buy hemp seed supplements, the seed’s nutritional value is highest when it is unprocessed and eaten raw.
9. Greek Yogurt
In addition, Greek yogurt contains live yogurt cultures that keep the digestive tract healthy and even counteract lactose intolerance so that almost anyone can eat Greek yogurt. In fact, the live cultures in yogurt are thought to combat ulcers and even stomach cancer. Finally, some studies indicate that consuming more dairy may prevent high blood pressure.
In addition, one small can of tuna contains a full day’s supply of vitamin B-12, the vitamin that supports brain function and metabolism. Be careful with tuna, however, since too much can cause mercury poisoning. Limit light tuna to one serving every three or four days and albacore to one serving every nine to 14 days.