Think bananas are the best source of potassium out there? Think again. Getting creative with your food has more benefits than you think. Here are some foods high in potassium to help you build more muscle.
Tuna is a potassium-rich protein source full of healthy fats. That’s a mix of everything you need to build muscle after a workout in just three ounces of fish.
Sweet potatoes are some of the best high-potassium foods you can buy. In addition to that nutrient, they are also a great source of carbs and fiber. They’re fairly low in calories too, at around 110 on average per serving. They’re the perfect post-workout snack because of the energy and muscle-building nutrition they provide. Plus, you can prepare them any way you want – baked; mashed; grilled; you can even make your own fries.
Next time you’re going to refuel with pasta, don’t leave out the tomato sauce. It’s packed with plenty of potassium, and if you make it yourself, you can cut down on added sodium and other ingredients. You can also pair tomato sauce with other foods like baked chicken for an added protein boost.
Eight ounces of full-fat, plain yogurt has more potassium than both milk and low-fat yogurt. You can add more nutrition to your breakfast or snack by adding fruit, honey, granola or other toppings. That’s much healthier than settling for yogurt that comes with fruit already in it, which is usually higher in sugar.
You probably already knew this one, but it’s still worth mentioning. Bananas are great high-potassium fruits, but they’re also packed with both protein and carbs. They will fill you up much more than a berry or citrus fruit will, which is why they’re a great snack if you’re trying to eat more healthy, nutrient-rich calories.
You’ll find foods all over the grocery store with more nutrients packed into each serving than you realized. It’s OK to use food labels as a guide to figure out whether or not a certain food can give you the vitamins or minerals you need. Also don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things. You never know what you might like until you try it.