I eat a ton of chicken. Its lean, a good source of protein, easy to prep, and can go in a number of dishes. In fact, chicken is my go to meat of choice. Mostly because it never gets old and there are tons and tons of healthy recipes for which you can use chicken!
Tonight I decided to make some delicious and healthy chicken tacos. My go to method is cooking several breasts in a crockpot along with seasonings and spices. When done, I shred the chicken and store in a bowl to eat throughout the week. I didn’t have ton of time to prep tonight, so I pulled some corn tortillas out of the freezer, heated them up in a fry pan, topped them with chicken, cheese, Tapatio Sauce, and some spinach and tomato. So easy, so yummy, so healthy!
I know I talk about food a lot, and the reason is proper nutrition is the key to reaching your goals. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right, if you want to gain muscle you have to eat right. I’m sure you’ve heard sayings like, “You spend 1 hour in the gym, what matters is what you do with the other 23” or things like, “nutrition is more than half the battle” or “you can’t out exercise a bad diet.” All these things are true! Proper nutrition is 90% of what it takes to get where you want. And I think it is sad that we live in a society where it is cheaper to buy packaged and processed foods, eating out usually entails huge servings with tons of added sugars, and fats, and other unhealthy things, and it is just plain hard to stick to a certain meal plan.
Ways you can combat this is to just make better food choices on a daily basis. Try to simplify cooking meat by using herbs and spices rather than marinades and dressings. Aim to get at least a serving or two of veggies with every meal. Put down packaged goods and choose healthy alternatives or make healthy alternatives. Drink lots of water and remember to make healthier choices. Your heart will be happy, your brain will be happy, and so will the rest of your body.
Another tidbit of information is making sure you are getting enough protein in your diet. If I consciously did not make an effort to eat a good source of protein at every meal . . . I would not be getting all the protein I need. If you are trying to lose weight, eat protein! Any time you workout you need protein to help your muscles recover (and get stronger/bigger). Protein also lends more satiety to meal and helps curb cravings. Women’s Health made this handy little chart to help you get an idea of good protein sources and how much protein is in a serving.
I eat chicken, cottage cheese, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, eggs, and whey protein powder (not listed) on a daily basis. If your goal is to build muscle . . . eat more protein!!! It is good for you.