I actually took this picture several months ago and have been intending o blog about it since. The cool thing is my grocery list hasn’t changed, so I’ve been on this same track with food for a while.
Alright, let me first throw out my disclaimer. I do not eat super healthy all the time. Although I’ve tested many types of diets (just for the sake of seeing how my body would respond), I’m not into any crazy diets. I’ve found that my body does best on a balanced meal plan with plenty of protein, healthy fats, and some carbs. So there you have it. I keep my muscle building grocery list pretty simple.
Muscle Building Grocery List
Again, this picture was taken several months ago but my shopping cart last week was about the same (and will be today as well). Of course the image only represents a small portion of foods I buy. In fact, that was a short trip. But the below is an expansion of my muscle building grocery list. I’m sure I’ll forget to list some items, but this is the bulk of it.
Jason’s Muscle Building Grocery List
- Steak/beef (I aspire to get organic/grass-fed)
- Eggs (Pete and Gerry’s cage-free)
- Pork (whatever premium pork or sausage)
- Shrimp and scallops
- Jasmine rice
- Sweet potatoes
- Organic oatmeal
- Greek yogurt (occasionally)
- All natural peanut butter (used in protein shakes)
- Blueberries (fresh or frozen; for protein shakes)
- Bananas (for protein shakes)
- Almond or coconut milk (for protein shakes)
- Spinach (for protein shakes)
- Lemons and lime (for our infused water bottles)
Obviously there’s more foods I buy but these are the core foods, and I get these foods on almost every grocery shopping trip. I like to stay stocked up.
About My Food Choices
You’ll also notice that quite a few items are for my protein shakes. My post workout shake consists of all the ingredients you see ‘for protein shakes.’ And I have at least one more shake later in the day between lunch and dinner (usually minus the banana). I also take a scoop of whey with a teaspoon of peanut butter pre workout and before bed.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a meat-eater. I also eat a lot of eggs each day. I make sure I get the organic versions of these. I’m conscience about how the livestock is treated, for one. Most vegans will frown on that anyway, and I can appreciate that. But I respond best to red meat.
On top of that, meat and eggs coming from natural sources, with the animals being in a optimal environment is simply going to deliver a far better source of nutrition. I won’t get into the details here, but there’s plenty of research on this. My attestation comes from how I feel after I eat these foods, how my stomach reacts, may energy levels, and so forth. To me, eating organic sources is a night and day difference from eating the other stuff.
Food for Fuel and Recovery
Another point I’d like to make is that food is for fuel so that you can have energy, and recovery to that your body and muscles can heal and rebuild. This is why nutrition is so important.
Again, I don’t eat super clean all the time. But I make sure I get my daily dose of essential nutrients through my food. Your body needs those vitamins and nutrients from pure sources.
That wraps it up for my muscle building grocery list. Feel free to share yours!
Train (and eat) with Passion,