The stereotypical gym diet has always consisted of a lot of meat, because meat contains lots of protein and protein (among other things) builds muscle. But what if you don’t like meat? Or you don’t eat it for ethical or environmental reasons? Does this mean you won’t be able to build muscle and get toned and fit? Absolutely not!
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A meat-rich diet isn’t the only way to achieve muscle mass, there are so many other ways to get the necessary nutrients for building strong, healthy muscle and plenty of them are plant-based. If you’re looking for some real strengthening super foods, check out these 8 vegetables that are great for building muscle…
1. Beets and Beet Greens
We’ve known about the benefits of beets and beet greens for a long time now but what you may not know is that they’re high in dietary nitrates and antioxidants. These nutrients play a special role in helping during periods of low oxygen in the body -such as those experienced when doing high intensity exercise.
The dietary nitrates are converted into nitric oxide in the body which helps improve cardiovascular function which in turn, helps you to be able to train harder for longer. A sure fire way to build that strong, healthy muscle tissue. Some great ways to get beets and beet greens into your diet are to grate the beets and cut the greens into ribbons add them to your salads or add both of these to your smoothies for an extra healthy kick.