Choosing the right way to eat to build muscle can be a little overwhelming.
But once you start eating the way you need to, it will become second nature to you.
Following is a list of good foods for you to eat in each of the categories you need to concentrate on:
White meat chicken or turkey Canned tuna
Canned salmon Fresh Fish Shellfish
Eggs Tofu Soy
Red meat like steak or roast
Yams, Sweet potatoes, Acorn squash Rice
All water based types. Lettuce, Cabbage, Spinach Asparagus
Bok Choy, Leeks Tomatoes Celery
Onions Green Beans
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Radish Zucchini Squash Mushrooms
3 Small Apricots
1 Banana 1/4 Melon
1-Cup Berries, Grapes 1 mango, small papaya
1-Cup low fat cottage cheese
⦁ Cup non-fat milk (I use vanilla soy milk instead!) 1/2 Cup non or low fat cheese
⦁ slices whole wheat bread 1 bagel
⦁ Cups pasta
Whole wheat tortillas
Non-wheat cereals Plain popcorn
Raw Vegetables Nuts
A good diet is well-rounded and contains some of each of the food groups. You should also include a supplement in your diet which we will get to in a later section.
As we’ve said, you should be eating 5 or 6 smaller meals every day instead of three large ones. Space your meals about 2 to 2 ½ hours apart. Try out a few of these meal plans to start out with.
Vegetable omelet (3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 cup veggies) You can also add some chicken or lean beef if you want.
One cup yogurt or a protein shake
6 oz Chicken
Small raw vegetable salad 1 bagel
1 piece fruit
3-4 oz Chicken
6 oz fish
1 – Cup grilled veggies 1 – Cup brown rice
3 packs instant oatmeal 1 banana
1 cup of yogurt
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 large baked potato
8 ounces chicken breast 2 cups pasta
1 cup yogurt
1 can of tuna
1 – 2 cups broccoli
1 cup brown rice
8 ounces broiled fish 1 cup veggies
2 cups rice
Breakfast burrito (3 egg whites, 1 whole egg scrambled, 1 cup onion/green pepper mix, salsa)
1 cup cottage cheese 1 cup berries
1 cup raw veggies
Salmon burger on whole wheat bun (canned salmon, 1 egg white, onions cooked in a non-stick fry pan)
1 large potato cut into strips, brushed with olive oil, and baked in oven until crispy
1 garden salad drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar
Protein shake 1 cup yogurt
8 ounces chicken breast, cut into chunks, fried in olive oil and seasoned with oregano, garlic salt, and basil
1 cup cooked tomatoes 2 cups pasta
1 cup broccoli/cauliflower mix
Protein shake 1 cup melon
1 cup yogurt
Of course, these are only suggested meal plans. You can mix it up as you want to. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and pre-cook your
meals. Keep vegetables cut up in the refrigerator so you don’t have to work too hard at meal time.
There’s really no need to measure carefully for the portions suggested. This isn’t an exact science! Eyeball your portions and consider the following chart:
1 oz. meat Matchbox
3 oz. meat Deck of cards
8 oz. meat Thin paperback book
3 oz. fish Checkbook
1 oz. cheese Four dice
1 med. potato Computer mouse 2 tbsp. peanut butter Ping pong ball
1 cup pasta Tennis ball
1 bagel Hockey puck
Recipes are always good to have on hand, so here’s a few to try on for size.
COOKING FOR MASS
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to cook nutritional meals that can complement your body building program. Cooking can be a great way to gain control of your eating and pick what you put into your foods like salt and fat.
Meals can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Your favorite cereal Skim milk
1 cup yogurt
Fill half the bowl with cereal. Add milk until it reaches the top of the cereal. Add yogurt. Top with more cereal. Add more milk. Drizzle with honey.
1 cup of Oatmeal 11 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 packet of sugar free Jello any flavor
Stir all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Drizzle onto hot non- stick fry pan.
Tuna or Salmon Patties
1 can tuna or salmon 1 onion
1 tablespoon of salt 1 teaspoon of pepper 1 teaspoon of parsley 1 whole egg
3 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
Mix potatoes, tuna, onions, salt, pepper and parsley. Shape into patties. Fry in olive oil until brown and heated on both sides.
Spicy Chicken Ole
8 ounces chicken breast cut into chunks
1 can diced tomatoes or 2 medium fresh tomatoes diced 1 can spicy chili hot beans
1 medium onion chopped
Sauté chicken breast and onions in some olive oil in a frying pan. Stir in tomatoes and chili beans. Cook uncovered for ten minutes.
Sprinkle with low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese.
Lightning Fast Fajitas
1 lb. flank steak cut in strips or small pieces 1 large green pepper, cut in strips
1 red pepper, cut in strips
1 medium yellow onion, cut in strips 3 cloves pressed garlic
⦁ tsp chili powder Lemon juice
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Sauté garlic in a bit of lemon juice for 1 minute in large wok or skillet. Add beef and chili powder and cook until beef is cooked near to the
temperature you desire. Add peppers and onions and cook until vegetables are mostly soft, raising the heat for a short time if you like the vegetables slightly charred. Spoon into whole wheat tortillas. Top with salsa or fat-free sour cream if desired.
⦁ lbs boneless skinless chicken breast 1 28 oz can crushed tomato
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper 3 pressed garlic cloves
¼ tsp. thyme
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. oregano 1 tbsp. parsley Dash of pepper Cooking spray
Spray pan with cooking spray and heat. Brown chicken and set aside. Add chopped onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook until the onion is tender; about 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook over low for 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
Add browned chicken, cover and cook on low for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes. Serve. Top on whole wheat pasta or brown rice if desired.
Pan Broiled Fish
1 lb. Fish filets
One 14 oz. Can diced tomatoes w/ basil, garlic & oregano
Arrange fish filets in a single layer in skillet. Cover with tomatoes and liquid. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10-20 minutes, or until the fish easily flakes with a fork. Serve plain or over brown rice.
Broiled Fish Dijon
6 fish filets
⦁ ½ lbs small zucchini, cut lengthwise into halves
½ cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. low-calorie Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
⦁ tbsp. drained capers Paprika to taste
Rinse fish and pat dry. In a separate bowl, stir together mustard and garlic. Arrange fish and zucchini in a single layer in a large pan. Drizzle with lemon juice. Broil on top rack for 5 minutes. Turn fish over, spread with mustard/garlic mixture. Continue to broil for 5 minutes or until zucchini is lightly browned and fish is cooked. Sprinkle with paprika and capers. Serve. 6 servings
Stuffed Chicken Breasts
1 chopped onion
1 pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and dried 1 egg lightly beaten
8 oz. low fat ricotta cheese Salt & pepper to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, slice in half and flattened
Combine the onion, spinach, egg, and cheese mixture in a bowl. Put a dollop of the mixture into each chicken breast. Tie the chicken breasts together with butchers twine, or put toothpicks through them. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Optional: Garnish with lemon slices.
Ground Turkey Breast Sauce
1 lb. ground turkey or beef 1 chopped onion
1 cup chopped portabella mushrooms 1 tsp allspice
1 tsp red pepper flakes Salt & pepper to taste 1 jar spaghetti sauce
Brown the meat with the red pepper flakes. Add the chopped onion and mushrooms. Put the all spice, salt and pepper in. Pour the spaghetti sauce in. Serve over your favorite type of noodle.
Lemon Pepper Tuna
1 can tuna
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Spray a fry pan with no calorie non-stick cooking spray. Add tuna and sprinkle with seasoning. Cook tuna to desired doneness. Eat plain or on a bed of pasta. This is also good cold.
⦁ can tuna Worcestershire Sauce
No-Fat or Low-Fat Cheese (optional)
Spray a fry pan with no calorie non-stick cooking spray. Add tuna with an amount of Worcestershire Sauce that you like. Cook to desired texture.
Add cheese if you like and let it melt after turning the burner off. You can eat this on some whole-wheat bread, plain, or over some brown rice.
Chicken, Rice & Beans
Cooked Shredded Chicken Breast
½ – 1 cup cooked brown rice
¼ can red beans
⦁ tbsp. barbeque sauce
In large bowl or Tupperware, combine rice, beans, and chicken. Add barbeque sauce and stir together until well-coated.
Egg Salad Sandwich
3-4 boiled egg whites (may keep 1-2 yolks) 2 tbsp. low fat mayonnaise
⦁ tbsp. yellow mustard Ground black pepper
⦁ slices 100% whole wheat bread Shredded lettuce or spinach leaves
½ can tuna (optional for more protein, or just use more egg whites.
Chop egg whites and add to medium bowl.
Add mayo, mustard, black pepper, and tuna. Mix well and spread over bread. Top with lettuce or spinach leaves and second slice of bread.
3-4 cups cooked pasta 1-2 cans tuna (drained)
½ cup low fat cottage cheese (drained)
¼ cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese 2 tbsp. low fat mayo
Ground black pepper
½ cup canned peas (rinsed & drained)
In medium bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until well-mixed. Microwave for approximately 1 minute when ready to serve.
Fiery Chicken Deluxe
8 oz chicken breast
Tabasco sauce (or other favorite hot sauce) 2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp crushed, dried jalapeno peppers 2 pinch of salt
1 tbsp Cajun rub/spices
1 ½ cups of frozen green beans 5 oz red potatoes
Combine the hot sauce, cayenne pepper, salt with chicken in a container and really roll the chicken breast around in the mix, then let it sit in the refrigerator for 3 – 10 hours (the longer, the juicier it will be)
This works best with a Foreman-style grill. Pre-heat, then slap the chicken on and cook for 7 ½ minutes
While the chicken is cooking, stab the red potatoes and cook in the microwave for 4 ½ minutes or until soft in the middle
Take the potatoes out, and put the green beans in for 2 – 3 minutes
Smash the potatoes and sprinkle on a pinch of salt and the crushed jalapeno peppers
Sprinkle the other pinch of salt on the green beans
Grilled Chicken Asparagus Rolls
⦁ chicken breast
⦁ asparagus sticks
2 slices of low fat turkey bacon 1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Once the chicken breast is washed trim the fat from it. Cut chicken into two to four thin slices, depending on how thick you would like your roll to be. Put chicken slices in the container; add the salt and pepper, mustard and honey. Let it marinate for 25 minutes.
Give the asparagus a quick wash. Snap off tough ends of asparagus and remove scales with vegetable peeler. Place one slice of turkey bacon on each slice of chicken breast. Place one asparagus stick on the top and start rolling it.
Once the roll is ready, use a couple of wooden picks to secure the turkey bacon – ensure the picks are placed in such a way the chicken meat maintains its shape around the roll.
You can grill rolls than for seven minutes on the electric grill at 375 degrees, or bake them for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
Three Minute Scallops
¼ cup dry white wine 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. Dried parsley Juice of ½ lemon
1 lb. Fresh bay scallops, rinsed and patted dry.
Heat wine in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add parsley and lemon juice. Cover and cook 1 minute. Add scallops and cook 1 minute or until scallops turn from translucent to opaque.
Makes 2-3 servings
Garlic Roasted Vegetables
6 carrots, peeled and quartered 6 parsnips, peeled and quartered 6 shallots, peeled and halved 2 medium onions, peeled and cut into 6-8 wedges 1 large garlic bulb, broken into cloves and peeled 1 tbsp. dried rosemary, or 3 tbsp. fresh, chopped 1 tbsp. dried thyme, or 3 tbsp. fresh 4 tbsp. olive oil
In the Oven: Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine all the vegetables in roasting pan, drizzle with oil and stir to coat. Roast for about 1 hour 20 minutes or until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
On the Grill: Turn barbeque to medium. Combine all the vegetables into a tinfoil bag, drizzle with olive oil and stir to coat. Roast for about 30 minutes or until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
Great with meat, chicken and fish.
Chicken Salad Roll-ups
⦁ lb. boneless, skinless chicken, cooked 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
⦁ tbsp. dried fruit bits 1/8 cup celery, diced 1/3 cup nonfat yogurt Fresh Leaf Lettuce
Dice chicken, and place in mixing bowl. Combine with sunflower seeds, fruit bits, celery, and yogurt. Spread a little chicken mixture on lettuce leaf and roll up tightly. Repeat until mixture is used up.
Serve immediately, or wrap roll-ups in plastic wrap for later use. Makes two servings
Fish in Foil
½ lb. halibut, cut in two pieces 1 tomato, chopped
1 green onion, chopped 4 small zucchini, julienne 1 carrot, julienne
1 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. each fresh dill and parsley Dash of freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut two 12 in. square pieces of foil. Place a piece of fish on each square of foil. Top each piece of fish with tomato, green onion, zucchini, and carrot.
Sprinkle each with wine, herbs, and pepper. Fold foil edges together, sealing with a pleat.
Bake for 15 minutes. Makes two servings
Muscle Building Shake
1 cup ice cubes
¾ cup egg whites
¾ cup vanilla soy milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup cranberry juice
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Drink.
Workout Energy Salad
1 cup lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces 1/3 cup spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces 1/3 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/3 tomato, sliced
¾ cup sprouts
1/3 cup shredded carrots 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms 1/3 avocado, cubed
⦁ tbsp raw sunflower seeds 1 tbsp olive oil
⦁ tsp lemon juice
Dash each of thyme, parsley, basil
In a medium-sized salad bowl, combine lettuce, spinach, cucumber, tomato, sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, and sunflower seeds.
In a screw-top jar, mix olive oil with lemon juice and herbs. Shake vigorously, and pour over salad.
Muscle Density Broccoli Salad
½ pound cooked steak, cut in strips 1 cup broccoli, cooked and chopped 1 cup green beans, cooked and cut 1 stalk celery, sliced
½ cup mushrooms, sliced 1 green onion, sliced
½ tbsp red wine vinegar
½ tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup nonfat yogurt
½ tsp mustard
¼ tsp ground pepper
½ head of lettuce
½ tomato, sliced Fresh parsley
In large salad bowl, combine steak, broccoli, green beans, celery, mushrooms, and onion.
In a screw-top jar, combine the vinegar, lemon juice, yogurt, mustard, and pepper, and shake until thoroughly mixed for the salad dressing.
Arrange salad on a bed of lettuce leaves. Garnish with tomato slices and parsley
1 cup fat free milk
1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup frozen cherries
½ cup Egg Beaters 1 Banana
Toss all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition is very important when you are trying to build up muscle mass. You don’t necessarily have to be dieting, but you do have to be conscious about what you are putting into your body so that you can maximize your workouts.
Another huge thing you have to be aware of in your body building program is sleep.