Surprising Muscle-Building Snacks

STACK Expert Joe Batista shares three of the 'secret snacks' that helped him add close to 20 pounds in three months.

Anyone looking to gain muscle needs to know that nutrition is the hard part in terms of getting the right calories and nutrients at the right times. It's important to know the best muscle-building snacks to eat to keep your body constantly in build mode. After trying for years to add some significant mass, I had a breakthrough over the past few months and was able to add close to 20 pounds in three months. Here are some of the secret snacks that helped get me there.

After a workout, everyone needs protein to start the recovery process and repair muscles. But many people forget how essential carbohydrates are. If you want to bulk up, adding carbohydrates will get you the results you want.

If you think that just living on the snacks I mention below will add muscle and promote gains, think again. An actual whole meal is the preferred choice, but with work and school scheduling constraints, that is not always an option. These are simple alternatives to eat until you can get that whole meal.

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Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers

Not just for s'mores, graham crackers are great muscle-building snacks. A serving contains 120 calories, including 25 grams of carbohydrates. Only eight of those carbohydrates are from sugar, which is not a small number but not bad for bulking. Throwing a pack in your bag for an on-the-go snack is always easy. Combined with a protein shake, graham crackers can be part of a great post-workout meal for athletes with busy schedules.

Pop Tarts

Pop Tarts

If you really want to start adding calories and bulk up, Pop Tarts are an easy choice. A pack of two has close to 400 calories, depending on the flavor. A serving contains a staggering 70 grams of carbohydrates, 40 grams of which are sugar. Pop Tarts are loaded with calories, but after a workout, your body can use them to recover and build mass. Use caution eating these on your off days, or risk building mass in a way you don't want.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

If you're expanding your daily caloric intake to build muscle, your fat intake needs to go up as well. I would not eat this purely as a snack, but keeping a jar of coconut oil is an easy way to add some fats to low-calorie foods. A serving is around 120 calories, and it can be combined with lots of different things. For instance, throw some in your morning tea to add some calories on the go.

Learn more about the athletic performance properties of coconut oil.


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