Pairing regular exercise with a healthy diet full of glute-growing foods is one of the most effective strategies to help maximize results. In particular, dietary protein is important for building and maintaining muscle mass — especially after exercise 1. Other nutrients, such as carbs, healthy fats, and antioxidants, also promote muscle growth by fueling your cells, reducing exercise-induced inflammation, and enhancing recovery 2 , 3 , 4. Pairing these nutritious foods with a regular workout routine can help amplify your results to get you a robust rear.
Bananas are one of the most versatile fruits you can find and just one contains more than mg of heart-healthy potassium. So if your banana consumption usually involves throwing one in a blender with some milk and peanut butter, you're seriously missing out. That's why we found 14 banana smoothie recipes that are packed with tasty superfoods. Buh-bye, breakfast boredom.
A good, thorough chew makes all the nutrients in your meals more easily available for digestion. Who has time to chew their food when you are racing out the door in the morning, running late to a post lunch meeting or trying to get the kids to soccer practice or swim lessons after dinner? I know how this is. I too live that hectic lifestyle, with loads of traveling, a growing young family and a strong desire to feed myself and my loved ones well.
Read my disclaimer here. This is my daily morning ritual: wake up, have coffee , read e-mails, look at stats and make a beauty fruit smoothie to inject myself chock full of vitamin C. I then take a shower and get ready for the day. The daily fruit smoothie made its appearance about five months ago when I decided to take my daily intake of fruit more seriously. Plus, having to clean a big blender every morning was another turn off a big one.