So you are shortly into your new workout regimen. You are pumped, determined and are ready to see those muscles start popping. Then it happens. You are sitting watching an episode of the Office or Stranger Things and you suddenly are craving ice cream, cookies, or some Doritos. The snacking monster is awakened.
To effectively build muscle and get a surplus of clean calories you have to eat a lot of food. And in addition to healthy meals, you have to eat healthy snacks. Snacks make up a huge portion of your diet when trying to fit in 3,000 – 3,500 calories a day. And let’s be honest we don’t want to have to squeeze a second meal of chicken and broccoli in between meals.
We have it ingrained in our heads that when we are down and out, depressed, we “deserve” a snack, a cheat snack. Or on the contrary, sometimes we tell ourselves if we’ve done really well, then we deserve a reward.
I’m going to stop you and call BS right there. You don’t deserve to put a bunch of crap in your body because you are either having a bad day or because you had a good week. What you do deserve is to fuel your body the way it needs and deserves by giving it healthy snacks things that will fuel your body, your mind, and help build those muscles.
For starters here are few to try:
Greek yogurt cups with some granola sprinkled on top.
Tree nuts: almonds, pecans, and cashews.
Fruit and Protein Smoothies: any concoction of low fat or almond milk plus protein powder, a banana, and other fruit of your choice, and some greek yogurt and you’ve got a protein packed calorie rich smoothie.
Protein powder in milk, something good that you can throw together if you are in a hurry and need some extra calories.
Always be thinking of ways to mix up your snacking habits in healthy ways. You’ve got this, and your muscles will thank you for it.
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