8 More Muscle Building SuperFoods

In the first edition, I brought you Seven Muscle Building Superfoods, that focused predominantly on high quality protein sources, for protein synthesis and nitrogen retention, as well as some anti-estrogenic vegetables. Today’s offering is a little different.

1. Quinoa is known as the South American king of grains. Quinoa is higher in fiber and protein than both rice or oats, and tastes a lot better as well. Another great thing about quinoa is that it is gluten-free. When you are shopping for this grain, be sure to buy the whiter grain, as it’s better in quality. Eat it post workout, with meat & spinach.

2. Oats reduce cholesterol, and provide you with low-gi carbs for energy, and are also high in soluble fiber. When buying oats for oatmeal, be sure to get the slow cook variety, as the quicker option has most of the fiber removed, and is no longer a low glycemic index carbohydrate source.

3. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which helps to prevent cancer. The lycopene in tomato paste is actually four times more bio-available than it is in fresh tomatoes. Have pizza or pasta with tomato sauce & olive oil as a post training meal to get a great start on recovery.

4. Oranges are loaded with natural vitamin-C, which help to fight diseases, as well as magnesium to lower blood pressure, and anti-oxidant beta-carotenes. Don’t get your vitamin-C by drinking processed orange juice, which can have added sugars, and is devoid of many of the benefits of a whole orange. Eat fresh oranges, or if you prefer juice, try making your own.

5. Apples are very high in pectin. The pectin in apples aides in weight loss by increasing satiety. Apples are also the strongest source of anti-oxidants after cranberries, providing you eat the peels. Unfortunately apples are also one of the most pesticide contaminated fruits. It is best to consume organic apples when the option is available. If not, minimize your exposure to pesticides with a thorough washing.

6. Carrots and their huge vitamin-A content improves eye-health, and especially night vision. Carrots are also rich in fiber, are low-calorie and taste good, even raw. Sometimes off-limits for the habitual low-carber, carrots can provide the sweet taste you are missing when opting for a ketogenic type of diet, with minimal calories.

7. Water is a ‘nutrient’ we often neglect when seeking a lean and muscular body, but your body holds water if you don’t drink enough of it. Drinking water prevents water retention, helps muscle recovery and prevents dehydration from strength training. Get a water filter to keep your water free from impurities at a very reasonable cost.

8. Green tea is a strong antioxidant, and a natural diuretic. Green tea also speeds up fat loss, prevents cancer and improves blood sugar, as well as circulation. Drink green tea in the morning instead of coffee. Real green tea, not the teabag kind.

Happy Lifting!

This article was researched and written by Matt Taylor

All the information contained within these World Wide Web Pages is Copyright LifestyleandStrength.com

10 comments for “8 More Muscle Building SuperFoods

  1. Anonymous
    January 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    U say that now, but tomorrow that be old news

    • Lifestyle and Strength
      January 27, 2015 at 4:44 am

      Probably not…

  2. Anonymous
    January 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

    What was ur superset workout for chest, shoulders, arms, legs?

    • Matt Taylor
      January 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

      I superset every muscle group, but not every time or every exercise.

  3. November 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Hi Matt,

    I just finished creating an infographic that I think is a good fit for your readers on Lifestyle and Strength.

    It’s called “7 Superfoods That Help You Live Longer.” You can see it here(http://www.jesrestaurantequipment.com/jesrestaurantequipmentblog/eat-these-7-superfoods-and-live-longer/).

    I wanted to get in touch because while researching, I read the post you wrote about Superfoods, 8 More Muscle-Building Super Foods, so I wanted to get in touch to see if you’d like to use my infographic, too.

    I put HTML code that you can copy and paste below the image to make it easy to put on your site. If you’d like a different size, please let me know and I’ll make it for you.

    Thank you!

    ~ Melanie

    • November 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Hi Melanie, great graphic! Could you contact me at Matt@LifestyleandStrength.com I have an idea that I would love to work with you on that I think you’ll be interested in. I hope to hear from you soon, Matt

  4. October 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I drink green tea almost every morning, but always use the tea bag kind. Is it pointless or are there still good benefits from it? Doing the real green tea thing at my desk at work probably isn’t something I’d realistically follow through with.

    • October 12, 2012 at 5:50 am

      It’s not at all pointless, the benefits are still there, just not as potent. Tea bag tea in general is pretty finely ground ‘dust’, whereas lose tea is the full leaf. It’s no longer in it’s whole form, and technically has been processed. It is far from pointless. It would be like eating frozen, processed chicken breasts vs fresh. The frozen ones still have all of the same nutrients, but obviously you would opt for the fresh ones if you had a choice.

  5. October 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    More great info Matt! I loved seeing water on your list… it rarely makes lists of this type and it is so terribly important… for so many reasons. Thanks for pointing it out. As always a great article!

    • October 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you Stacia! After oxygen, water is the second most necessary ‘nutrient’, and the most easily forgotten. Usually, the reason we feel tired at any given point in the day is due to mild dehydration. In that sense it is a true performance enhancer. If there is one thing we all need more of, it’s water.

Leave a Reply