Your muscles need protein to regenerate, just like your mind needs sleep to operate. The better fueled your muscles are, the harder you can push yourself throughout the next workout. The muscles within our bodies are made up of amino acids, and your body heals all the more quickly from the rigors of a tough workout when these amino acids travel from bloodstream to the working muscles.
The task of finding, and preparing meals that help you meet your protein rich requirements can be tough and daunting. Luckily, the following five meals will provide your body the essential amino acids that it can’t function and thrive properly without. Best of all, they’re what it needs to help those muscles regenerate.
1. Sesame-Ginger Pork Patty With Grilled Pineapple
This meal’s all the fun without the carbs-packed bun. The feast gathers its inspiration from parts of Asia; its pork packs a powerful protein punch, and is perched on top of a very healthy carrot salad. Roasted pork loin is entirely carbohydrate free, with all the benefits of an amino-acid infused dish. On top of all the health benefits, the soy sauce works together with the bite of the garlic, and spices of ginger to engage and enthrall the taste buds.
2. Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti
We recommend using whole-wheat pasta when assembling this dish for added fiber, which is important for digestive health and preventing constipation. Whole-wheat pasta also can have upwards of twice the amount of protein of regular pasta. This dish is easy to prep and cook – and smells amazing while you’re doing it. Enjoy, and refuel those muscles while you’re at it.
3. Chicken with Creamy Braised Leeks
This hearty, savory meal weds protein-rich chicken with nutrient-rich garden leeks. You’re feeding your body the greens and regenerative protein-driven fuels it’s been craving from the moment you first woke up. Chicken contains tryptophan, an amino acid that, simply put, makes you feel better, comfortable and relaxed. It’s also packed with phosphorus, a mineral your body needs to maintain a healthily functioning nervous system.
4. Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf
Unfortunately, what bacon cheeseburgers boast in tasty goodness, they practically entirely lack in sufficient healthiness. This meatloaf brings together the loved flavors of the bacon cheeseburger with the protein packed properties of a well-prepared slab of meatloaf.
5. Chicken, Mushroom and Wild-Rice Casserole
This delectable casserole allows for you to forego undesirably sodium-rich canned soup and instead calls for a creamy sauce inspired by dried sherry and Parmesan cheese. The chicken will soothe your soul with its tryptophan, and enliven those muscles aching for protein and essential amino acids. The mushrooms throughout the casserole bring with them generous amounts of vitamin D. (Fact: mushrooms are the only vegan, non-fortified source of vitamin D!) All the more cause to rush back for seconds right?