is a staple food for many body builders. But with time eating
bland chicken breast or drumsticks can discourage you from continuing
with your diet which lacks flavor and taste. If you're training
hard and love what you're doing, why not following a diet which
gives you the reward for your hard workouts, that is eating more
tastier foods. If you can combine both, you will be more motivated.
When thinking about weight training and body building, some people
think that those who are involved in such activities usually eat
foods which are healthy but aren't that tasty but they do it due
to their training regimen. There is some truth in this but it
doesn't need to be that way everytime. You can cook your training
meals and make it more enjoyable. Just need some creative ideas.
Since chicken is a favorite body building food, I will give you
tips how you can make your chicken more savoury.
fast way to cook chicken is just boil it plain and eat it like
this maybe with some salt and pepper. If you consider you need
to eat like 4-6 meals per day, it's a more effective way to eat
the foods like they are for convenience. But this can become boring
with time as doing something which you don't really enjoy can
hinder your body building goals because a boring routine might
demotivate you eventually. Sparing some time for planning and
preparation can make a huge difference. Why not making your bland
chicken more tasty. It's not difficult as it might seem. Instead
of boiling chicken, you can also vary and employ these cooking
methods - Barbecuing(either gas or charcoal), convection cooking,
electric grilling. Personally I have a weakness for convection
cooking. And you need a nice chicken marinade for these types
of cooking. The marinade and the cooking method will make all
Here are the
ingredients for the marinade. This is a marinade I've used before.
You will notice it contains many fresh ingredients like fresh
herbs and spices.
13 chicken thighs
- 8 cloves of garlic
- 1 big onion
- 20 branches of thyme
- 10 branches of parsley
- 10 branches of coriander
(6) Salt -
6.5 small yoghurt spoons
- sprinkle pepper according to taste
(8) Soya Sauce
- 4 tablespoons
Oil - 4 tablespoons
Grilling Herbs - 2 tablespoons
I use the
Ducros brand - (Melange Malin Grillades) - But you can also use
- 10 tablespoons
- 5 tablespoons
Put some honey
in a bowl and baste some with a cooking brush on the chicken both
sides 5-10 minutes prior to removing the cooked chicken.
for some ingredients before mixing them with the chicken.
parsley and coriander need to be finely chopped or crushed using
Use the thyme
Mix the olive
oil with the mixed grilling herbs in a bowl first.
After mixing all the ingredients with the chicken, put the chicken
in a plastic zip bag along with the sauce and seal it making sure
the sauce is on all sides of the chicken. Refrigerate for around
8 hours. You can prepare the marinade at night, hence you have
the chicken available for grilling tomorrow during the day. If
you prepare enough chicken, you can have meals for several days
because grilled chicken can be stored in fridge for a few days.
To make your chicken cooking more enjoyable and tastier, try this
eating a proper diet go hand in hand but if your diet isn't appetizing,
sooner or later, your training can also be affected. Eating is
fun as part of your training but if your food lacks taste, you
won't be as motivated with time. Try to be creative and make savoury
and healthy dishes while still enjoying your training.
Jean Lam is the webmaster of Body
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