Reposted from @trainwithcarsen
- 🔥Snacks to build muscle by @dancudes
Do you snack throughout the day?
While there is some sort of hate towards snacking (be side it makes you fat apparently), I think snacking is not only fine but actually more beneficial than avoiding it for most people especially when looking to get lean, fit, and healthy. It stabilizes blood sugar levels while also allowing a constant and continuous influx of nutrients and fuel into your body throughout the day, making it easier on your digestive system to work effectively and efficiently while maintaining a good energy level. When it comes to building muscle, some of these snacks may need to be a bit more calorically-dense, but that doesn't mean pop tarts, donuts, cookies, and trash protein bars (not all are trash, but most). Here are some snacks I like to have: banana and peanut butter on toast (not only is it high in calories, carbs, fats, and protein, but there is almost no better combo than PB and banana, let's just lay that where it may), smoothies (I like to add bananas and dates along with protein and some chia seeds to up the calories and micronutrient content), apple and cashews (don't neglect getting in those healthy fats, but also fruit does not make you fat no matter what nonsense someone told you. If so...I'd be a whale), proats (a high carb and high protein meal that I think is best suited post-workout), homemade energy balls (because they are a little bit of a dessert let alone are very calorically-dense especially when made with a peanut butter and date base), and chia pudding (super high in healthy fats and protein, both required to build muscle). Let me know which snacks I missed below.
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