Ahh, the famous chicken breasts. Eaten by everyone and anyone, bodybuilders and non-workout people alike. Most people who have ever been in a gym and watched their diets have eaten chicken breasts for their nutritional benefits regularly. It has a high protein content and a low fat content, so along with a very mild and unoffending taste, this makes it worthy or a place on this list.
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When you buy chicken breast and you want to save some money, go to the freezer section and pick out skinless, boneless pieces and get them in bulk. Raw chicken meat is supposed to be kind of pink, not white. If the chicken is white that means it was refrigerated improperly or it has experienced freezer burn, and you definitely don’t want to eat that. Leave it to defrost over night in your fridge and when you get it out make sure it doesn’t smell or feel slimy and disgusting.
How to cook chicken breasts?
Mostly everyone has cooked chicken in their life. First, preheat your grill to the highest possible temperature. Then, chop off any fat that you can see on your meat and put some spices, sauces, seasonings on it, or just drop it in a marinade. Put the prepared chicken on your grill. You should hear a sizzling sound, which means you did it right.
After that, turn down the heat to the lowest possible temperature. Cook it for 4-6 minutes and then flip it and give it that much again. It will be ready when it is not pink anymore in the center or when you stick a thermometer in the thickest part, it will read at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit. A six ounce cut of chicken breast will have 205 calories, of which 28 grams will be protein and 4 grams will be fat. It will be tasty!
When you want to build a healthy, muscular physique you need more than just protein. You also need lots of carbohydrates to fuel your body so that it can train as hard as its potential will let it, and sweet potatoes are perfect for that role. They have lots of simple and fast-acting carbs that will give your system enough energy without pushing it too far. Professional bodybuilders use them before a contest to fill out any depleted muscle tissue, but if you’re just a regular Joe going to the gym, they can be a great source of carbs and an important part of your dieting or bulking tactic.
When you buy sweet potatoes, consider the fact that there are two types of potatoes readily available – the first type is white and it looks like a normal baking potato, while the second type is darker with orange insides full of all the nutrients you need. When you’re picking out a sweet potato from the shop, check its surface for any irregularities, as they’re supposed to be smooth with firm, unblemished and unbruised skin. You want to get the small to medium sized potatoes because they will usually have a better taste than the bigger ones.
How to cook sweet potatoes ?
Potatoes, as you may know are very simple to cook. Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and clean your potatoes. This is done by scrubbing them with a veggie brush under a stream of cold water, which will remove any dirt from it. Dry it up with a paper towel and make a few holes in it with a fork. Put it on the lower rack of the oven and bake it for about an hour. This applies to potatoes usually eight to twelve ounces in size. If you pierced it with a fork, cook it until it’s soft. An 8 ounce sweet potato will have 240 calories out of which 4 grams will be protein and 55 grams will be carbs, but it will also have a gram of fat and 7 grams of fiber. A great all-around meal!
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