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Jen Widerstrom on Foods That Help You Sculpt Muscle

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Laura's Lean Brand Partner, Jen Widerstrom, offers her thoughts on specific foods and the effect on your body.

Your body metabolizing at its best is key to losing weight, but also for building lean muscle. Therefore, I am a huge advocate of one ingredient foods because they are easily recognizable and digestible in your body. This is critical when it comes to absorbing all the nutritional value of your meals, but also for completing that exchange of unwanted pounds for lean muscle tissue.

What is a one ingredient food you ask? A one ingredient food is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a food with one single ingredient. For example, when you hold an apple in your hand, or a sweet potato, or a blueberry, it only has one name to describe it. Nothing added. It just is what it is. They're right in front of you…. everywhere! In getting more comfortable with this concept, simply look at the nutrition facts of the foods already in your home. By law, every ingredient must be listed so read up on what you’ve been ingesting. If there is a long ingredient list or if there are items there that you don’t even recognize let alone can pronounce, then I would urge you to change out that item in your meal plan for something with as few ingredients as possible. 

Ultimately, I want a very wholesome look to your plate at each meal… not just two a week or even one a day. Consistency in this way of eating is necessary in supporting the beautiful build you want. Honestly, edit the correct portions for as many one ingredient foods as you can.

Bright orange sweet potatoes. Deep green cruciferous vegetables. A flakey white fish flavored by only lemon and herbs. A simple burger featuring Laura’s Lean Ground Beef. This is what I need to see in order for your muscle tissue and energy needs to be supported, as well as for your metabolic furnace to stay in play.

Jen Widerstrom's Meatball Recipe
Jen Widerstrom's Slow Cooker Meatballs with Baked Sweet Potato Chips


Find more wellness tips and inspiration from Jen at WiderSTRONG.com


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