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8 Best Bodybuilding Foods

Ask anyone who’s been in the game long enough…muscle isn’t built in the gym, it’s built in the kitchen. That old saying may be a cliche, but it’s absolutely true. If you’re not eating some of the best Bodybuilding Foods out there, then you’re robbing yourself of gans.
Going to the gym breaks your muscles down. It tears them apart, but that’s only half the battle. The other half is when you build them back up by eating well and resting long enough. Interestingly enough, most guys actually mess up HERE rather than in the actual gym.
If you want to build that lean, shredded physique that everyone so desperately wants, you need to eat right. There’s no way around this—abs are built in the kitchen, not in the gym. Without the proper nutrition, all of that hard work you spent lifting weights will just go to waste.

So with that in mind, I have a specific “go to” list for all of my favorite muscle-building foods, and I always have every single one of these in my kitchen. With that in mind, and without further ado, here’s my seven best bodybuilding foods that should ALWAYS be in your kitchen.
The greatest performance diets may seem complicated and fancy, but they are all built on a foundation of basic principles and simple foods. Eat the right ones, and your body will respond accordingly. If your current regimen doesn't include the following body-builders, beeline to the grocery store and stock up on them, stat. Bonus: They're also all pretty delicious.

 1. EGG WHITES 
Ah, eggs—the old staple of bodybuilding classics. While it may be an exaggeration that you have to crack them open, blend them up, and drink them raw, having enough eggs in your diet is certainly beneficial. They’re jam-packed with the building blocks of muscle, making them one of the best bodybuilding foods out there.

Show us a bodybuilder without egg whites in his diet, and we'll show you someone who's missing out on the best Protein money can buy. Paired with oatmeal, an egg-white omelet can turn your breakfast into a power meal to fuel the rest of your day.

BUY IT: When purchasing eggs, do the basics: Always check the date and open the carton to check for cracks. Also, be sure the eggs are refrigerated in the store and when you get home with them. Although eggs stored out of the refrigerator won't necessarily cause illness, they do lose a grade per day when not refrigerated.
PREPARE IT: Although many gadgets promise an easy way to separate the yolk from the white, the quickest, easiest method is to simply use your own clean hands. For this six-egg-white omelet recipe, crack six eggs into a medium-sized bowl. Next, using clean fingers, lightly grasp the yolks, lift them out one by one, and discard. With a fork or whisk, whisk the egg whites with salt, pepper and any of your favorite herbs until well combined and a few bubbles have formed on top. Spray a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Place it over medium-high heat and add egg whites. After about 15 seconds, reduce heat to medium. Pull in on the edges of the omelet with a spatula and slightly tilt the pan so the uncooked egg runs under the cooked portion. Continue this around the perimeter until most of the uncooked egg disappears. Then fold the omelet in thirds, as if you're folding a letter to fit it into a business envelope. Using the spatula, carefully slide it from the pan to a plate and eat it immediately.
NUTRIENTS: 99 calories, 21 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 0 g fiber. Just one egg has a whopping eight grams of protein, and is a complete nutritional powerhouse. They’re filled to the brim with nutrients like vitamin B-12, healthy fats, essential amino acids, iron, lutein, and more. Don’t buy into that old myth that eggs are bad for you—in fact, they couldn’t get much better!

 2. LONDON BROIL/TOP ROUND STEAK 
Chicken breast may be the quintessential bodybuilding staple, but lean cuts of red meat are loaded with complete protein and pack the most punch when you're trying to pack more beef on your frame.
BUY IT: Always purchase London broil that's bright-red in color. If it has even the lightest tint of brown to it, it has started to spoil. Try to find a steak or roast that's at least 1 inch thick with as little visible fat as possible.
PREPARE IT: Preheat a grill to the highest heat setting. Remove all visible fat and cut the steak or roast into 4-6-ounce individual steaks. Season both sides of meat with salt, pepper and/or a spice rub or marinade. Place on grill and cook 3-6 minutes per side or until cooked to your liking.
NUTRIENTS: A 4-ounce (measured raw) lean top round steak has 138 calories, 24 g protein, 0 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 0 g fiber.

So with that in mind, I have a specific “go to” list for all of my favorite muscle-building foods, and I always have every single one of these in my kitchen. With that in mind, and without further ado, here’s my seven best bodybuilding foods that should ALWAYS be in your kitchen.
Ah, eggs—the old staple of bodybuilding classics. While it may be an exaggeration that you have to crack them open, blend them up, and drink them raw, having enough eggs in your diet is certainly beneficial. They’re jam-packed with the building blocks of muscle, making them one of the best bodybuilding foods out there.
NUTRIENTS: Just one egg has a whopping eight grams of protein, and is a complete nutritional powerhouse. They’re filled to the brim with nutrients like vitamin B-12, healthy fats, essential amino acids, iron, lutein, and more. Don’t buy into that old myth that eggs are bad for you—in fact, they couldn’t get much better!
3. SALMON 
protein foods for bodybuilding
Salmon is another one of the best bodybuilding foods out there, and if you can afford it, you can never have enough. It contains extremely high amounts of healthy Omega 3 fats, which have been shown to have numerous health benefits, as well as muscle-building benefits.
NUTRIENTS: Just one serving of salmon (roughly 3.5 ounces) has 20 grams of protein, a ton of Vitamin D, and countless other micro nutrients that are good for your health. Be sure to opt for wild caught salmon, however—farmed salmon can be just as bad for you as any other junk food, due to the way they’re grown.
  4. COTTAGE CHEESE 
bodybuilding protein foods cottage cheese
While everyone’s aware that you need protein to build muscles, what most people don’t know is that there’s numerous different types of protein. One major type of protein is whey protein, which is very fast digesting. Another is called casein, and cottage cheese is absolutely PACKED with casein. Why is this good? Here’s why.
NUTRIENTS: Casein is a very slow digesting protein, which can take hours longer to digest than say, the protein you’d get from a chicken breast. While normally this may not be a good thing, when taken right before bed time, a cup of cottage cheese can ensure your body has a constant IV-drip of slow-digesting protein all throughout the night.
  5.BLUEBERRIES
best bodybuilding foods blueberries antioxidants
While blueberries, and any other type of berry for that matter, aren’t filled with much protein, they do have their benefits. Many bodybuilders put their bodies under enormous amounts of stress—after all, when you’re bench pressing 500 pounds for reps, it’s kind of hard to avoid a lot of bodily breakdown.
NUTRIENTS: That’s where antioxidants come in—powerful little nutrients which can protect your body from free radical damage, and help repair it from the inside out. Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant concentrations of any food out there, making them one of the best bodybuilding foods for both you and me.
So, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, and are craving something sweet, just have a handful of blueberries instead of a cheat day.
  6. ALMONDS
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While almonds aren’t extremely high in protein, they do have a good amount—almost 6 grams per handful. Where these powerful little nuts do shine however, is in their fat content. Almonds are absolutely PACKED to the brim with healthy monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to boost overall cardiovascular health (similar to certain SARMs).
NUTRIENTS: They’re also a great source of magnesium, Vitamin E, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorous, and Vitamin B2. Almonds are one of the best bodybuilding foods, in my opinion, also due to their ease of use—no cooking, no cleaning. Just pop a handful into your mouth and you’ve got yourself a snack!
  7. SPINACH 
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“Spinach? How is that one of the best bodybuilding foods out there, Jon?” I can hear someone ask. Well, I know it doesn’t sound that appetizing, but raw spinach is actually great for you on so many levels. It has virtually zero protein, but where it does shine is in its micronutrient profile.
NUTRIENTS: Raw spinach contains tons of nitrate, a compound which helps to build muscles. It’s packed with folic acid, which helps repair DNA and build new red blood cells, which are crucial for pumping oxygen-rich blood to your muscles. On top of this, it’s rich in iron, which bodybuilders need more of than any other group.
  8.SWEET POTATOE
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For a while there was some myth going around about how sweet potatoes are “bad for you” because they’ve got “sugar.” While this may make sense on the surface, it’s actually completely false. Sweet potatoes are one of the best bodybuilding foods you could possibly have, for a multitude of reasons.
NUTRIENTS: Sweet potatoes have got an all star lineup of nutrients, which will thrust your body’s muscle production into overdrive. From Pantothenic Acid to Vitamin B6, and from Biotin to Vitamins B1 and B3, having just a sweet potato a day can be one of the best ways to improve your bulking diet.




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