If you’re an advanced bodybuilder, chances are you’re pretty sick of chicken. You probably consume one to two pounds of chicken per day, and have done so for the last 2 or 4 or 6 years, correct? Chicken is a healthy staple in bodybuilding diets, and advanced bodybuilders tolerate it on a daily basis in the quest for muscle mass.
Granted, you have your eggs for breakfast. You have your whey and casein shakes post-workout and in the evening. You enjoy your red meat in moderation, as health allows. And you eat your fish, when keeping calories high isn’t a concern. However, most days, you pile on the chicken, and you gulp it down. Well, here are some alternatives to plain ol’ chicken, which might keep you from growing feathers.
Four cups of skim milk contain over 30 grams of protein and no fat – perfect for a fast mid-day snack. Start slow with the milk if you’re not used to consuming large amounts, and try out the lactose-friendly milk products if you experience gastrointestinal discomfort
If you’re okay with a little bit of sodium, jerky can be a fast, tasty treat, which delivers the protein you need with a taste you’ll love. Available in beef, ostrich, turkey, and other variants, jerky is carb-free and can be stored anywhere and eaten quickly. Drink lots of water to counter the high sodium content, and don’t eat jerky in the two weeks before a show.
This can be bought commercially (somewhat costly but very delicious). Or you can make your own, mixing the instant Jell-O sugar-free packets with whey protein and water. The perfect dessert!
Vegan products using soy taste a great deal like chicken or beef, are great for digestion, and can be prepared in a snap to deliver 30 grams of protein quickly.
High protein “gimmick” foods
The Atkins high-protein diet has resulted in the formulation of some really interesting high protein food products. Cereal, bagels, breads, and more are now available which can give you 20 or 30 grams of protein quickly without going near anything with feathers!
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