We get it: You’re busy, and you don’t have a lot of time to make whole meals from scratch. Between family, work, and finding time to hit the gym every day, you’re forced to replace muscle-building meals with snacks. But by keeping muscle-building foods on hand, you’ll have healthy, tasty, and filling snacks whenever you want them.
Furthermore, many unhealthy foods sneak into your diet when you don’t have anything healthier on hand. (How many times have you stumbled into the kitchen at 1 a.m. and devoured an entire pint of ice cream because there wasn’t anything better in the fridge?) Same goes for the office, where leftover cupcakes can crowd out the foods you need.
Keep these 10 muscle-building foods in your pantry, and you can get your protein fix at any time.