1. Cottage cheese
“Cottage cheese provides two different types of protein: whey and casein,” Carlucci says. “While whey protein is most known for its role in replenishing muscles quickly post-workout, casein is a much slower-acting protein, making cottage cheese an ideal snack before [you work out] because it allows your muscles to continue recovering even as you sleep.” Cottage cheese is also packed with live cultures (good bacteria) that helps break down and absorb nutrients that can help make you bigger and stronger. Eat it plain or topped with fruit for breakfast or a midday snack.
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