7 Holistic Snacks that Help Build Muscle
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Who wants to gain muscle? I do! Not sure if you do too but this is my blog so.... ;-) Check out some of my favorite holistic snacks below! =)
1. Fruit: Fruit is not only natural energy for your workouts but it also contains fiber and amino acids, which are important to cut your sugar levels, down and provide you with raw vegan protein. In reality, a lot of people assume that protein is what you are looking for but the real enzymes that help build muscle are found in the amino acids. Fruits, preferably eaten alone, before (20-30 minutes) or after meals (2 hours) are a great snack that are not only healthy but also supportive of your fitness goals!
2. Organic applesauce with organic cinnamon: Apples fit into number 1 so you already know the benefit of eating fruit but adding in the cinnamon takes it up a notch. Cinnamon is great for a lot of things but in regards to your quest to gain muscle it serves as a catalyst to relieve sore muscles, and reduce inflammation. This is important for muscle recovery before you head out to your next workout.
3. Hummus – Garbanzo beans are a great form of vegan protein and are used in most supplements that contain soy protein. It is important to note that beans are high on the list for vegetarian protein but since beans are probably not highly considered as a snack, I selected garbanzo beans for this post because they are used to make hummus.
4. Guacamole with low sodium – Avocados are considered to be a healthy fat. While they may be the lowest in protein on the list, they are still a very healthy alternative to any high saturated fat you find anywhere else. Mix up your favorite guacamole (be sure to go light on the salt) and enjoy this snack at any time of the day.
5. Baked sweet potato with almond butter on top – Baked Sweet Potatoes are a low-calorie way to support the growth of lean muscle. They are a staple in the diet of many body builders because while they are a starch they still provide protein in a healthy way. Steer away from sweet potato fries and lean towards a fresh baked sweet potato. Add some almond butter on top for extra nutrients and flavor.
6. Smoothies: Smoothies can be tricky because there are 2 ways to make them. You can either make them healthy or terrible for you. Adding sherbet and processed sugars can be detrimental to your journey to building muscle but a smoothie done the right way can provide you with a substantial amount of protein. Start with a base of Greek or coconut yogurt (vegan alternative) and add in some kale, and frozen fruits. Then top it off with the protein powder of choice and blend with ice and create a smoothie that is a nutritional powerhouse.
7. Celery with nut butters (almond, pumpkin, walnut) – While celery contains virtually no calories, it is high in nutrients. This veggie can stabilize blood sugar and even cleanse your blood. This is a perfect protein snack for diabetics or people who are watching their sugar intake. Nut butters contain copious amounts of protein and are also delicious on celery. While almond butter may be the highest in protein, you can switch it up and enjoy all of these different types with no guilt. Try to remember to buy raw and organic when you can, this way you get the unaltered version with the most nutrients.
Feel free to play around with these snacks and mix things up for a way to keep your snacks from getting boring. For example, add almond butter into your smoothies sometimes, or top your sweet potato off with cinnamon. The best way to stay on top of your healthy regimen is to switch it up. With this list you can incorporate different snacks daily. Have fun with it and whatever you do, don’t quit!
Note: Original Article written by Melody Jones for Flip Magazine. Rewrite Published for JuiceMuse.com