Looking to build muscle quickly? If so, getting a proper nutritional program or bodybuilding snacks in place is the key. One big error that some people make as they move through their program is focusing only on the healthy recipes for the three meals of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner.
To build muscle, you’re going to have to bump up your calorie intake, taking in more calories than you burn off over the course of the day. The best way to get those extra calories in is through proper meal timing combined with healthy snacking. By adding two to three snacks to your daily diet plan, you can be sure that you are on route to success.
But what constitutes a healthy muscle building snack? In order for it to provide you with optimal benefits, it’ll need to be calorie dense, rich in nutrition, and relatively fast and easy to make. If you have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing your snacks and meals, it won’t matter what type of diet you’re working toward, your chances of sticking with it will be slim.
So, let’s look at 8 of the best muscle building snack ideas for you to consider. Serve these up any time you need some quick fuel on the go.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
The first healthy snack? A yogurt parfait. Rather than taking the conventional route however and simply mixing some yogurt with berries, you need to find a way to load this one up with calories.
First, mix half a scoop of your favorite protein powder in with about one cup of plain Greek yogurt. This brings more protein and calories to the dish, making it better balanced.
Next, add in your favorite berries and half a sliced banana. While berries are very nutrient dense, they aren’t as high in calories, so the banana will work perfectly here.
On top of that, you’ll also want to add in handful of toasted oats. This brings complex carbohydrates into the picture, while giving it a little crunch. Finally, to finish off the parfait, you need to add some healthy fats. Toss on some unsweetened dried coconut flakes or some nuts – your choice.
What you’re left with is a parfait that easily packs in 350 or more calories, is well balanced in carbs, proteins, and fats, and will ensure that you keep your diet right on track.
Another quick and easy muscle building snack that you can prepare with you and take on-the-go is a power bite. This non-bake recipe also stays well in Tupperware containers in the fridge, so consider preparing a large batch and always having some on you.
To prepare it, simply blend together two scoops of chocolate or vanilla protein powder, a third cup of natural peanut butter, a quarter cup of raw oats, along with 2 tbsp. of honey.
Mix this all together and then form into bite sized balls. Note that you can also add in some dried fruit (cranberries work great!) or additional nuts or dried coconut to this recipe as well.
Come up with your perfect flavor combo and you can use these when you’re in a bind and want something healthier than a pre-made protein bar.
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