Boofar's Fitness and Nutrition Tips

Shaking Up Bodybuilding Recipes

Youíve seen the ads for protein shakes, whether you wanted to or not. Theyíre everywhere Ė in print, on billboards and in our email in box. ďDrink this and get RIPPED!Ē Perhaps youíve winced when the boxer or weightlifter in a movie drinks raw eggs. Is that it with bodybuilding recipes? Shakes and raw eggs? Definitely not.

The Variety Of Protein

You want protein to help build muscle. You also need to eat a lot more calories than the average person because you are burning so much energy making muscles. One of the key ingredients in bodybuilding recipes is protein and more protein. And not only will your intake of meat, beans, milk and eggs rise, but you want lean pieces cooked healthily so you donít gain fat as well as protein. So, you canít just slam down cheeseburgers all day. You still need variety, less fats and less carbohydrates, and to take your vitamins as well.

And you donít have to be strictly carnivorous. Tofu is loaded with protein Ė and the extra soft kind makes great shakes and pie filling. Even the veggie burgers available in your local supermarket will give you the protein you need, as well as variety to keep eating interesting. And for vegan bodybuilders, soy milk can be substituted for cowís milk.

This Ainít Julia Child

There are many websites and publications specializing in easy to make, high-protein bodybuilding recipes. There are also many health, fitness and bodybuilding magazines that can point you in the right direction. Donít be afraid to try new spices and herbs in your bodybuilding recipes. They donít add anything to your diet except taste.

With each meal, you are aiming for at least 25-30 grams of protein. Try to avoid saturated fats as much as possible. For example, you could fry in olive oil rather than butter or margarine. And try broiling rather than frying up everything. Try also to avoid heavily coated foods, like fried chicken. Thereís just too much fat in it.

And if you do wish to stick to protein shakes and raw eggs for your diet, there are health and cooking websites and books that can help you master your blender so you donít have to keep drinking the same eggy shake over and over again.

Before You Do Anything Else

Although you might be hungry to start training for the Mr. Universe title after reading about bodybuilding recipes, donít start without talking to your doctor. You have to be checked out to see if your body can adapt to bodybuilding, let alone the bodybuilding recipes.