In this post, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite muscle building foods…
It happens to come in the form of a salad, but trust me, this is crazy good and is a killer muscle builder!
This salad is not low in calories. It’s not low in fat. And it’s not low in carbs.
And guess what…that’s the whole point!
It’s not low in anything, but it sure as hell is HIGH in everything under the sun that’s good for your body… just about every vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and phytonutrient on the planet!
And that means your body will receive all the nutrition it needs to maintain optimal hormonal balance, function at it’s highest capacity, keep your appetite satisfied for hours, and prevent any unwanted cravings.
Keep in mind that last point… when you fill your body with all of the nutrients it needs on a daily basis, you pretty much totally eliminate cravings! This happens because your body is satisfied and doesn’t need to crave any more food, because it has all of the nutrients it needs.
Oh yeah, and this salad is a great has all the muscle building nutrition you need!
Alright, enough build up, here’s the ultimate muscle building salad recipe…
The Ultimate Muscle Building Salad
The ingrediants for the ultimate muscle building salad:
- approx 1-2 cups spinach leaves
- approx 1-2 cups mixed leaf lettuce
- shredded carrots
- 1/2 of a ripe avocado, diced
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced (preferably organic, cage free)
- 3 Tbsp chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- top with homemade dressing made of balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and Udo’s Choice Oil Blend (3/4 of total liquid should come from the vinegar)
Mix it all together and you’ve got one delicious and ridiculously nutritious salad.
For an extra shot of antioxidants, wash it all down with some homemade iced green or white tea lightly sweetened with the natural sweetener Stevia or a little touch of raw honey.
Alright, now let’s look at the approximate macronutrient breakdown:
- Protein: 23 grams
- Carbs: 48 grams
- Fiber: 12 grams
- Fat: 45 grams
- Total Calories: 650
Now before you throw your arms up in disgust and call me crazy for recommending such a high fat, high-calorie meal, keep in mind to scale back the portion sizes for your own caloric goal.
Note: Don’t worry about the high-fat content of this salad… because every last gram of the fat in this meal is VERY healthy… from the pecans, the olive oil, the Udo’s oil, the fresh avocado… and yes, even the fat from the eggs is good for you!
How about the carbs? Well, out of a total of 48 grams, you’ve got 12 grams of fiber. That’s a pretty good ratio.
Also, the healthy fats and protein in this meal will slow down the carbohydrate digestion, giving you a healthy glycemic response and steady controlled blood sugar.
Alright, so you’re probably also wondering why there isn’t a larger amount of protein.
After all, protein is all the rage with weightlifters, right?
Well, actually 23 grams isn’t too shabby, especially considering 14 grams of that comes from the highly bioavailable protein from the hard-boiled eggs.
Also, keep in mind that this salad has a whole lot of healthy fats, which increases the utilization of your protein. This happens because your body does not need to use your protein for energy, and can instead use it for muscle building or maintenance, and all of the other various functions that amino acids are needed for in the body.
Overall, with this salad, you’ve got a great mix of healthy fats, good fibrous carbs, quality protein, and a huge diversity of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other trace nutrients.
And most importantly, it’s delicious!
Give it a shot and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your feedback.