Trying to put on some muscle? Nearly every weight lifter you see in the gym is probably drinking as many as three protein shakes each day in order to add more body mass. The most popular options are typically whey protein powders sold at stores like GMC, but sometimes these supplements are filled with synthetic chemicals that may not be so healthy. There is some debate among medical professionals as to whether these powders are actually good for you. If you're looking for a healthier alternative that relies on natural green alternatives, here are a few of your options:
- Chia seeds: These will lend some protein to your diet, and they're also a good source of calcium, providing 18 percent of your daily requirement with just one ounce. Not only will you end up with strong muscles, you'll also improve bone strength as well.
- Hemp seeds: It's difficult to overstate the nutritional benefits provided by hemp seeds. On the one hand, you get plenty of protein, with two tablespoons providing 10 grams. As Men's Health notes, you also get all of the essential amino acids that are critical for adding body mass and building muscle.
- Milled flax seed: While it has about half as much protein as hemp seed, flax provides a great deal of fiber, meaning that it will keep you feeling full longer so that you can reduce overall calorie intake and tone your muscles. Flax also gives you essential omega-3 fatty acids and can be added to just about any dish, as it has very little flavor of its own. Sprinkle it on yogurt or mix some into your favorite smoothie! Make sure to get the "milled" variety, and not whole flax seeds, which your body won't be able to fully digest.
By adding one or more of these supplements to your diet, you'll be able to build muscle and live a healthier lifestyle without pumping your body full of unnecessary chemicals!