10 Muscle Building Foods to Add to Your Diet

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Eggs contain high quality protein, healthy fats, and other important nutrients like B vitamins and choline

Eggs

Each 3-ounce (85-gram) serving of salmon contains about 17 grams of protein, 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, and several important B vitamins

Salmon

Chicken breasts also contain generous amounts of the B vitamins niacin and B6, which may be particularly important if you are active

Chicken breast

Dairy not only contains high quality protein but also a mixture of fast-digesting whey protein and slow-digesting casein protein

Greek yogurt

Additionally, tuna provides large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which may support muscle health

Tuna

Some research has even shown that consuming lean red meat can increase the amount of lean mass gained with weight training 

Lean beef

Shrimp are almost pure protein. Each 3-ounce (85-gram) serving contains 19 grams of protein, 1.44 gram of fat, and 1 gram of carbs

Shrimp

Soybeans are a particularly good source of vitamin K, iron, and phosphorus

Soybeans

One cup (226 grams) of low fat cottage cheese packs 28 grams of protein, including a hearty dose of the important muscle building amino acid leucine

Cottage cheese

These developing beans are found in pods and served in a variety of dishes, particularly those of Japanese origin.

Edamame

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