Move over chicken, broccoli, and steak. Here are the 9 top bodybuilding foods flying under the radar. Make them a part of your high-performance diet!
When it comes to eating for bodybuilding and strength, most of us know there are a handful of staple foods that meet the stringent nutritional requirements and provide an anabolic stimulus. However, there are many other lesser-known and “underrated” foods that do just as good a job.
Do yourself a favor and try these foods! Add them to your weekly nutrition to support your growth, strength and recovery.
Greek yogurt is produced in part by straining excess liquid and carbohydrates from regular yogurt, yielding a higher concentration of protein. The straining process used to create Greek yogurt results in a higher concentration of casein, a “slow-digesting” protein; it slowly releases amino acids into the bloodstream.
A 2012 study published in “Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise” showed that consuming casein before sleep provided an increase in blood amino-acid levels that was sustained throughout the night and yielded a 22 percent increase in protein synthesis.
Depending on your calorie needs, you can use full- or reduced-fat Greek yogurt as part of your muscle-building efforts. However, always strive for the plain version to reduce the effects of added sugar.