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My 5 Favorite Uncommon Bodybuilding Foods
These are my 5 favorite uncommon bodybuilding foods that you won't find in most bodybuilding magazines or websites.
For a long time I stuck pretty much to the same old bodybuilding foods you see in all the popular diet plans to build muscle. Chicken, eggs, oatmeal, milk, steak, etc, etc. Does this sound familiar? While all these choices were great for building muscle and fueling my workouts, they sure can get old.
So now I am always on the lookout for new and healthy alternatives to add to my diet. The 5 foods listed below are some of my favorites and ones I highly recommend trying yourself.
If you have gotten into a rut and need a change try these uncommon bodybuilding foods.
This is by far one of my favorite forms of protein and a great bodybuilding foods. I tried this a few years back and eat it 2-3 times a week now. An 8 oz steak has 240 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 49 grams of protein.
Buffalo has less fat and cholesterol than chicken, has a good Omega-3/6 fatty acids ratio, and is an excellent source for vitamins, especially iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, B12 and selenium.
It is also a federal regulation that buffalo cannot be injected with growth hormones. Buffalo burger can be found in almost any grocery store while other forms such as steaks are harder to find. A good place to look is Whole Foods.
This is another excellent form of protein that offers almost the same protein content with less calories, fat, and cholesterol than most other forms of protein. A 3 oz serving has 97 calories, 22 grams of protein, and 58 mg of cholesterol.
It has a beef like flavor and is said to be the better red meat. I have found ostrich burger as well as ostrich steaks at Whole Foods.
Steel Cut Oatmeal
I had been a rolled oatmeal eating person for the last 13 years until I tried these. This is my new breakfast cereal. Steel cut oats are whole grain grouts which have been cut into only two or three pieces. This is in comparison to rolled oats, which are flake oats that have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted.
Steel cut oats are more natural with less processing. They are also lower glycemic than are rolled oats. They have a much better flavor (kind of nutty) and have a better texture.
Everyone I have gotten to try these have never went back to rolled oats.
If you like yogurt, you will really enjoy this. Kefir is a fermented milk drink, similar to yogurt. It can be bought in the many stores or you can grow your own at home.
It has many health benefits and is a great addition to any diet. In addition to beneficial bacteria and yeast, kefir contains many vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Particularly calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, B2 and B12, vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin D.
I purchased my kefir grain on EBay over 2 years ago and have been using the same one every since. The Kefir grain is a living culture and will continue to grow over time. This will give you an endless supply and you may never have to buy another grain again.
I start each day with a large glass of kefir, a couple hands full of berries, a small amount of stevia, and a scoop of ground flax seed all blended together.
This an all natural sweetener that can be used to replace sugar or any artificial sweetener you might use. It comes from the extract of the leaves from the Stevia plant.
It is 200 - 300 times sweeter than table sugar and has a low glycemic index rating which means it will not raise your blood sugar levels. It can be used in cooking and baking.
If you are looking for an alternative for an artificial sweeteners, give Stevia a try.
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