One of the biggest health factors for a man as he gets older is losing muscle and the struggle to keep it. With age, muscle is harder to build but easier to lose so you will need to target those muscles with muscle building foods. While you are already eating a lot of them, some you might avoid because of food myths or others your might not have considered.
Here are the top five foods to feed your muscles.
This one is the most obvious on the list. Chicken is high in protein, low in fat and will give your muscles all the nutrients needed to grow and be maintained. The biggest problem with chicken is flavour boredom. If you are only baking or grilling chicken breast, it’s going to get boring quickly. Chicken is the best meat to experiment with spices, marinades, and flavours. Let your inner celebrity chef get creative and find some awesome flavour combos.
A lot of bad press was given to the humble egg for a long time, and some people are still on the fence about their effects on cholesterol. Studies have not been able to find a link between high cholesterol and egg consumption so they have regained their health-positive status. The easiest way to consume them is at breakfast. Two eggs in a non-stick pan with no oil, cooked to your liking and served with mushrooms or a slice of toast will get you off to a great start and will give those muscles a needed nutrient jumpstart.
In all their different glorious forms, beans are a must have for a muscle maintaining diet. If you are a vegetarian, you will need to heap the beans into your diet to boost your protein update. For the meat-eaters, beans are an excellent way to increase your protein intake and add variety to your muscle meals.
Nuts and Nut Butter
High in protein, fibre, and healthy fats, nuts are a great snack to have during the day to maintain muscles. Nut butter, such as almond butter, is an excellent replacement on your toast or sandwiches and will give you a great flavour and the healthy fats that won’t make their way to your heart in a bad way.
You may have walked through the supermarket and seen turkey, bison, venison, and kangaroo. These wild meats are liked supercharged beef, pork, or chicken. They are jam packed with protein and have very little fat. Wild boar is one of the best but is harder to find. Check with your local butcher to see what you can get.
It is always important to discuss any diet changes with your doctor as individual medical needs might need to be considered.