Building muscle doesn't have to take hours of intense physical activity every day. You can add muscle by working out and eating right, but you also need to consider how much time you have to dedicate to this goal on any given day or week. Busy schedules often cut into your workout time and make it challenging to find the energy to cook meals high in protein, so here are some quick and easy muscle-building recipes that won't take too much time or effort to prepare when you get home from work.
1. Breakfast protein smoothie
There are a lot of different smoothie recipes available but the ones that have high amounts of protein are best for muscle building. Protein helps build lean muscle mass so that you're able to burn more calories over time. Add a scoop or two of LA Whey Gold to your smoothie to enhance the flavour and increase your smoothie’s protein content.
2. Coconut cream of mushroom soup
This creamy coconut milk soup is rich, hearty, and loaded with meaty mushrooms. To get in those six servings of veggies, consider adding a handful of spinach during your simmering time. You'll add zero calories or colour—but you'll add 100 per cent of that daily dose of vitamins. Don't miss out on other vegetarian recipes; you might be surprised at how filling they are.
3. Lemon dill chicken
This recipe is good on so many levels:
- It's effortless to make; you need a few ingredients and a bit of time.
- You'll save money by cooking at home, as one serving can cost twice as much when ordered from a restaurant.
- It tastes and smells incredible, so your significant other/housemates/family members will be happier since they won't be unhappy to smell whatever you're eating all night.
Once you learn how to cook easy muscle-building recipes like Lemon Dill Chicken from scratch at home, you'll likely realize that eating healthy doesn't mean missing out on your favourite foods!
4. Stuffed peppers
High in fibre, low in calories, and chock full of muscle-building protein, these delicious stuffed peppers are so satisfying that you'll forget they're also packed with all your daily vitamins. Serve as a main course or a side dish; either way, your taste buds will thank you! Ready to add them to your weekly meal plan? Here are some alternatives to explore: Quinoa Pepper Casserole (Ingredients include bell peppers, quinoa, rice or couscous) Red Bell Pepper Pasta Salad (Ingredients include red bell pepper, pasta shells, spinach) Veggie Stuffed Peppers (Ingredients include fresh green beans, feta cheese crumbles)
5. Beef & broccoli stir fry
If you're looking to beef up your protein intake, look no further than beef. It's an excellent source of protein—and even better when paired with broccoli in a stir fry. Tossing these ingredients into a hot wok brings out their full flavour while boosting your daily protein intake by more than 50%. Stir-fries are also incredibly easy to prepare, making them perfect for busy people trying to be healthy!
6. Hummus and baked sweet potatoes
We all know eating healthy is essential, but finding time to prepare meals isn't always easy. Luckily, with this recipe, you can get a quick and healthy meal into your body in no time. These are perfect choices for a busy day ahead of you. Sweet potatoes are full of fibre, while hummus is rich in protein—and they taste delicious! You can use them to help build muscle even on your busiest days.