Our muscles need to be fed. Muscles are responsible for doing most of the calorie-burning (whether at play or at rest) and muscles aid in metabolism so if staying healthy is the goal, then always keep in mind that muscles need certain foods for them to do their job properly.
Protein is what muscles need the most. Proteins are loaded with amino acids that help in cell growth. Body builders and athletes eat a lot of protein after a workout to help repair the muscle fibers that were torn while pumping iron. Although muscle-building foods are not only limited to protein. Whole grains, nuts, and beans are also excellent sources of protein.
These sources are available everywhere, it just takes good memory and resourcefulness to feed muscles while eating your favorite meals and snacks. Here are some foods that muscles love.
Eggs: a reason NOT to skip breakfast. The egg whites are what you want as that stores most of the protein. The yolk contains the fat and cholesterol which are not necessarily bad because the body also feeds on fat.
Mushrooms: Add more to your pizza slice or pasta dish. What’s great about mushrooms is that they are low in carbohydrates and cholesterol. So feel free to double the dosage. They are high in fiber, protein, and B vitamins. Not only are they great for muscles, but also for aiding in metabolism.
Almonds: Go nuts! This plant-based food is a great source of protein. Snacking on them eliminates guilt and boosts metabolism. Almonds are rich in magnesium which helps produce energy through metabolizing fat and carbohydrates. Eat them as a snack or choose chocolates or ice cream with almonds.
Fish: Light and right. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids that slow the breakdown of muscle mass , fish is rich in protein but low in saturated fat thus making it light. Wild salmon, tuna, sardines or anchovies are excellent sources of protein. Mix them in pastas or a light sandwich.
Beef: Better keep it lean. Sirloin steaks are ideal for the muscles as they are high in protein but low in fat. Have them roasted or grilled for a lean, mean feast that strengthens muscles and keeps your belly satisfied.
Pasta: A crowd favorite. Penne, spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, or any sort of pasta for that matter is a complex carbohydrate which the muscles love. It takes longer for the body to breakdown complex carbs resulting in a steadier supply of energy. As they are broken down, the glucose that is produced gets stored in the muscles.
Milk: It is never outgrown. Complete with carbs, protein and fat this drink is not only complete, it’s filling too. A glass of milk is loaded with calcium, potassium, and vitamin A. So, not only are the muscles happy, so are the bones and teeth.
What are your favorite muscle foods?