When it comes to building lean muscle, challenging your body with intense exercise is only half the battle. Proper nutritional support is essential to reaching the gains you’re after, in a healthy way, of course. That’s why Snap’s here to help with high-protein, macro-balanced meals and healthy options to help you hit your goals. You see, muscle protein synthesis is dependent upon adequate dietary sources of protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. Proteins that provide all 9 essential amino acids are considered “complete” proteins and deemed as “high quality” because they are used most effectively and efficiently by the body for protein synthesis after they are absorbed.
Snap Kitchen has a variety of meals with abundant sources of protein to support and maintain your muscle-building efforts! Check out our Top 10 Meals & More to help you build more muscle!
Peach BBQ Brisket with Loaded Cauliflower – This brand new menu item boasts the highest amount of protein at 56 grams, provided mostly by the generous amount of Angus beef brisket sourced locally in Cameron, TX. Plentiful protein and 6 grams of dietary fiber will keep you full and satisfied!
Cajun Chicken with Dirty Rice & Remoulade Sauce – Another new menu item offering an abundant source of protein, with 33 grams coming from 4.5 ounces of lean chicken breast. Savory dirty rice, with nitrite-free and nitrate-free turkey sausage and no added sugar bacon, bumps total protein up to 45 grams while keeping carbs low at only 22 grams.
Sources of protein that do not provide all 9 essential amino acids are considered “incomplete” proteins because they are missing one or more of the essential amino acids. However, “completing” the protein can be achieved by combining the protein source with food that contains the missing amino acid(s). All animal sources of protein are “complete” proteins, whereas most plant sources of protein are “incomplete, with a few exceptions.
Check out these delicious offerings exemplifying plant-based proteins and how they contribute to your daily protein intake!
Chipotle Fish Taco Bowl – Watching calories, but looking for high protein? This is your dish! Delicious chipotle seasoned Mahi Mahi provides 28 grams of complete protein along with black beans and rice, which together contribute all 9 essential amino acids, for a total of 34 grams of protein and only 410 calories!
Bison Quinoa Bowl with Peppers & Onions – This tasty bowl offers a variety of good protein sources, starting with the bison, which is uniquely more concentrated in its amount of protein per calorie than beef. Quinoa is a rich plant-based source of protein and distinctive in that it is considered a “complete” protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. The perfect choice to help you meet your daily protein intake goal with a total of 37 grams of protein and only 420 calories!
Lean Proteins & Sides:
How to use our new Proteins & Sides to achieve your high protein goals:
- Pair both Angus Burger patties with one serving of either the Roasted Broccoli and Feta, Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Loaded Cauliflower, providing a range of 610-640 calories and 37g-38g protein.
- Add a significant protein boost to the Buffalo Ranch Burger with Loaded Roasted Cauliflower meal with one additional Angus Burger patty and increase from 22g to 37g of high-quality protein!
- One lean Herb Roasted chicken breast with both servings of either the Roasted Broccoli and Feta, Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Loaded Cauliflower to achieve a higher protein meal at 43g-46g protein for only 480-550 calories.
- One serving of the Korean Meatballs with one serving of the Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the side provides 35 grams of satisfying protein!
- One serving of the Deviled Egg Salad as a side to any meal provides a 9-gram, high-quality protein boost.
- The Hill Country Chicken Salad with 17 grams of protein per serving is a great start towards a high protein meal!
If your goal is to gain lean muscle, remember – focus on regular exercise, eating more calories from muscle-building foods, and giving yourself time to recover with rest! Tell us about your fave to-go meals when you’re building muscle in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!