Convenient Bodybuilding Meal Ideas

convenient bodybuilding meal ideas

In bodybuilding, we achieve as much as the resources around us will allow. If we all had personal chefs, we’d probably all be 15 pounds larger with more muscle and greater vascularity. After all, we’d have steak and omelets delivered every three hours on command. Our protein consumption would be through the roof, and our waistlines would shrink. If nutrition came easier, we’d all look and feel much better. Since there’s a good chance you won’t be getting a personal chef, you should try these very convenient meal ideas for getting the nutrients you need – particularly protein – during each day.

Hard boiled eggs

Every bodybuilder’s refrigerator should contain at least a dozen hard boiled eggs at all times. These can be consumed at the tail end of meals when only 25 grams of protein have been achieved. They’re a great pick-me-up when you’re hungry and still 30 minutes away from a meal being complete. They are a good breakfast for those people who can’t eat much in the morning. Finally, they are useful for middle-of-the-night snacking. Remember the old “FIFO” warning for proper inventory management – First in, first out!

Spaghetti & meatballs

A large pot of spaghetti and meatballs can be prepared in about 30 minutes, and will last you for up to four days, if sealed and refrigerated properly. You can also freeze it to use later, if you want to make an even larger package. The cost is very low, and it can be eaten cold when no microwaves are convenient.

Protein shake

This is the granddaddy of all muscle-building meals. You simply need a shaker cup, two scoops of protein, 2 cups of water and about thirty seconds to assemble a nice delivery of 45 grams of protein to your muscles. This snack doesn’t contain fat or carbohydrates, which are required for growth and energy. But it sure does make getting your 40+ grams of protein much easier – which leads to greater muscle growth.


Beef jerky, while high in fat and sodium, allows a bodybuilder to enjoy delicious protein at any time. No refrigeration is required, and it’s very quick to eat. If you’re watching your calories, it’s not a safe bet. However, if you’re trying to bulk up, adding a piece or two of jerky to every meal is a good way to bump your protein and overall caloric intake without breaking the bank or taking up a lot of your time.

Fast food

Believe it or not, some drive-thru items can deliver bodybuilding nutrition for just a few bucks in a few minutes. Wraps, plain hamburgers, and chicken tenders deliver high protein, low-fat snacks when you need them most – on the road between two important tasks. If you’re looking to get leaner, use the driving time to drink a low-calorie whey shake. If you are trying to bulk up, enjoy the whey shake with a nice chicken Caesar wrap from a drive-thru.

Remember that the best food idea is the one you actually eat on time. Write down all successful meals ideas, and follow this list daily!