There are hundreds of different foods that can help build muscle and burn fat. What if you had to pick only 5 foods that you could eat for the rest of your life, or if you were on a deserted island. My first thought would be, what foods could help cover many different areas of nutritional needs so that I did not lose any precious muscle. Those nutritional needs would be:
- Protein to help build and repair muscle and other tissues
- Fats to encourage proper hormones and reduce inflammation
- Phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals and fiber
- Overall nutrient dense calories
While plant sources, such as vegetables, provide an array of health benefits, you couldn’t survive on those foods alone. They do not provide enough protein, fat, and overall calories. Keeping all of this in mind, here are the 5 best muscle-building foods.
When it comes to a great all-around food to build muscle, I have to give the trophy to salmon. It is loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Two key nutrients to build and repair muscle tissue, and keep your hunger in check. You can also cook salmon several different ways. If you are not into fish, I would go with the grass-fed beef. Salmon is also rich in key nutrients, such as selenium, Vitamin D, B12, niacin, and vitamin D. The list goes on with all of the health benefits associated with salmon, such as reducing cholesterol, improving memory, and much more.
Second to salmon, eggs are loaded with many key nutrients. If I had to pick a second food to live on forever, eggs are it. You can cook them many different ways which always helps keep you from getting bored. Eggs have some great bang for the buck from a cost standpoint and have about 7-8 grams of protein per egg. Not to mention omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Of all the nuts in the nut family, almonds provide the best array of nutrients. This nut is perfect for your muscle; full of protein and fiber, almonds help you feel full while repairing worn muscles. They also contain tons of healthy fats that satisfy hunger and provide energy.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Of all the starchy carbohydrates out there, sweet potatoes are the best option. They are easy to make and sweet to eat. Sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates with vitamin A and vitamin B. They contain fiber and bulk that can help you feel satisfied. They can be utilized pre workout, post workout, and at any other meal.
This is my go-to fruit for many reasons. They are a great post workout food. Great source of carbs, electrolytes and fiber. Their skin contains many phytonutrients that the body needs. Apples are a healthy snack for muscle building and energy pre and post workout.