8 Muscle-Building Foods

Muscle gains don't just happen on the gym floor. Feed your muscles the right foods!

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2. Beets
After an intense sweat session, the dietary nitrates in beets can enhance vascular function and aid recovery. Beets are also a good source of the amino acid betaine (pronounced “BEET-uh-een”), which several studies have shown boosts muscular strength.

How to eat: Love beets? Cook and toss them in salads. If the thought of beets makes you cringe, try adding raw beets to a berry-based smoothie or use chocolate protein powder to mask the flavor.

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