10 Superfoods to Help Build Muscle (and Burn Fat)
January 31, 2018
What are superfoods? In reality “superfood” is just a buzz word for any food that is nutritionally dense and thought to be extremely beneficial for heath. Below are the top ten nutritionally dense superfoods that can help you to build muscle and burn fat.
Organic Farm Fresh Whole Eggs
Buy USDA Certified Organic eggs. Don’t believe the hype of hormone-free, antibiotic free, natural or any other buzz words that don’t translate to a better quality egg. Organic is one of the only truly regulated terms and requires the eggs to be 100% organic fed, free range and free of hormones, arsenic, antibiotics and byproducts.
Farm-raised salmon are fed grain and corn that reduces their naturally rich content of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Choose wild caught salmon with 6 grams of protein per ounce.
Grass Finished Beef
Don’t believe the hype. Grass Finished beef is the highest quality beef, superior to grass fed beef. Grass finished means the cattle are never fed grain. The process can take up to twice as long as that for grain fed cattle. Grass finished beef provides protein, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, creatine, carnosine and even omega-3.
The reason why turkey can often be difficult to cook and comes out a bit dry is because it contains virtually 0 grams of saturated fat. Choose organic turkey to be confident your bird was free-range, organically fed and never exposed to chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Nuts are naturally loaded with protein and contain mono- & polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients.
Healthy diets need fiber. Ground flax seeds are a high-quality source of fiber, plus, they provide additional protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding a teaspoon of flax to your yogurt or protein smoothie for an added boost of nutrition.
Just one cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 318 mg of potassium. Plus, quinoa is gluten free and contains all 20 amino acids including BCAAs. No wonder it’s called the “King of the Grains.”
Wheat or Barley Grass Juice
Despite their names, wheat and barley grasses are gluten free. A powerfully rich vitamin source, wheat and barley grass juice are great sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, chlorophyll and enzymes.
Antioxidants help protect your cells from damage. Perhaps the most powerful and tasty of antioxidants, berries make great additions to your healthy diet. Berries are great to eat on their own as snacks and can be thrown into shakes, smoothies and other recipes for a boost of flavor. Try raspberry (raspberry ketones) to help your body burn fat. They are also sweet enough to help you battle those sugar cravings.
Slow-digesting dietary fiber is what makes sweet potato a great addition to a weight-loss program. Sweet potato is also low in calories and high in water. All these attributes make them a great carb choice for people looking to get or stay lean.