Some foods give your body more fuel and provide the building blocks for lean muscle better than other foods. Try these energy powerhouses to help you see faster results from your fitness routine.
Eggs: We usually talk about eggs in terms of the perfect food. They contain all the nutrients needed to bring one live chicken into this world – a great balance of amino acids, a variety of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and lots of protein. The nutrients in eggs help your body burn fat and build muscle – and that’s the perfect combo when you’re trying to get fit.
Eggs are a great case in point that taking you health advice from the mainstream media is not a great idea. Many people stopped eating eggs altogether due to overblown news reports about the negative effects of cholesterol. Cholesterol is a natural and essential compound and not nearly the health threat that many reports have made it out to be.
Peanut Butter: We don’t know about you, but we can’t think of a more satisfying snack than a spoonful of peanut butter. Peanut butter helps you stay full, it’s loaded with protein, and it’s another fat-burner/muscle-builder that can help you get more out of a workout. Just be sure to pick a natural peanut butter that’s not loaded up with processed sugars and fats.
Chili Peppers: Try keeping a jar of pepperoncinis in your fridge. Grab two or three of the spicy treats when you’re feeling munchy. You can get a similar effect from the endless variety hot pepper sauces and jellies – far tastier and healthier condiments than high-sugar ketchup.
The heat in chilies helps spike your metabolism, which means you’ll burn more calories even when you’re just sitting around.
Green Tea: Flavorful, zero-calorie green tea gets a lot of praise for its antioxidant properties, but it’s also a good fat burner and metabolism enhancer. People who drink four cups or more of green tea a day have an easier time losing weight.
Ground Chia Seeds: You may not be familiar with chia seeds, but these nutritional powerhouses are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and protein. They also contain a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. The fiber gives you a slow burn effect, meaning your meals keep you feeling full and energized for a longer time. And the protein is what your body needs to build muscle. Try sprinkling a spoonful of ground chia into a bowl of oatmeal or adding it to your favorite smoothie.