The Protein Muscle-Builders Should Eat
Let’s face reality: you can workout all you want, but you won’t be achieving your body goals without watching your diet too.
This doesn’t mean that what you eat can’t be delicious, though! If you’re looking to stay fit and build muscle, make sure you focus on these protein sources:
Chicken or Turkey Breast
Everyone, especially health-nuts, knows chicken and turkey breast are the the go-tos for protein. You can add it to salad or eat it alone with a low-calorie sauce or basic herbs. There are about 26-27 grams of protein for every 3-44 ounces of breast. Find countless chicken recipes in our recipes page!
This fish has great texture and is very low in fat. They are delicious cooked in various ways but it’s an especially nice fish to grill. A 3 ounce piece will have approximately 16 grams of protein.
You don’t need to shy away from red meat if you’re weight-watching! Pork tenderloin is very lean, with 13 grams of protein for every 3 ounces of meat. Sear on a pan and finish by roasting in the oven for a low-oil preparation.
Go for this higher percentage lean ground turkey, like 99%. Be careful, it can cook very dry, so be sure to add items like onions and peppers when you cook it. Read our article on roasting a perfectly moist turkey here. Enjoy 21 grams of protein for every 3 ounces of turkey!
Tuna is also a very high source of protein; 4 ounces of tuna yield 20 grams of protein. Tuna is lower in fat than most protein sources and our fresh fillets top the generic canned tuna by not containing potentially harmful levels of mercury. Here is a recipe for a fresh sesame seared tuna fillet!
Treat yourself to a healthy dose of roast beef. It has all essential amino acids and is also a great source of iron. 3 ounces of roast beef provide about 18 grams of protein.
Eating From the Right Sources
Other proteins you can eat that will help you build muscle and keep your health on track include tilapia, ground chicken, and even scallops and shrimp, among others. So you see, you have plenty of healthy and delicious options for your meals, and also several ways to cook and season them. Just – don’t overdo it on the flavors. For example, too much of a cream sauce can be too fatty or too many calories, which you probably aren’t looking for.
A helpful tip: keep a log of your exercises and what you’re eating. This will help you with your calculations and see if you are on track to meet your goal(s) on time.
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