One of the most common questions that vegetarians ask when it comes to muscle building, is what to eat for optimal muscle growth. While there are multiple protein sources for vegetarians that can help them, when it comes to actual vegetables, some are just superior when we take muscle building as a goal.
Vegetables may not be the best source of protein, technically speaking, but there are 3 veggies that will make sure that your muscle building journey gets easier by simply including them in your diet.
via GIPHY1. Spinach
If you eat spinach every single day, you're making your body more likely to become a muscle machine, as compared to people who don't. Of course, you must adhere to quantified nutrition and resistance training too. One thing that most people don't know, is that scientists from Freie Universität Berlin were so surprised by the results of their study, they’ve called for WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) to include ecdysterone – a hormone found in spinach – in the list of prohibited substances for athletes. No wonder Popeye used to have it all the time!
Spinach has a bunch of other impressive benefits - right from amazing skin because of antioxidants and vitamins, to more satiety as well as quality fiber, to lowering cholesterol, and even protection from cancer.2. Broccoli
Research has shown that broccoli helps with the anabolic aspects of Testosterone such as muscle building, while simultaneously decreasing Estrogenic effects like water retention as well as fat gain.
Broccoli is also an amazing vegetable when it comes to antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it is voluminous - so helps with fibers, and also packs some protein. Also, it is super filling, so is a great snack if you want to be full instantly while consuming very few calories.3. Sweet Potato
Nutrition is one of the pre-requisites for muscle building, and quality carb sources are as important as protein sources for sustainable growth. Sweet potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates - be it using it as a pre-workout snack for a great lifting session, or having it as the part of a recovery meal.
Apart from being an amazing source of quality carbohydrates, sweet potato is also a great source of Potassium. Potassium protects lean muscle mass, and also lowers cardiovascular disease risk while helping with bone density and blood pressure.
Include these 3 vegetables in your diet while following quantified nutrition, and thank us later!