Five Overlooked Foods for Your Contest Prep

Tired of the typical bodybuilding food??? Here are some new options to keep your pallet happy AND may help you achieve your goals BETTER than some of your standard bodybuilding foods!

Low fat ground chicken for diet

Ground Chicken

Anyone who has dieted knows that chicken breast is a staple of the daily food program. They also know that chicken breast becomes boring and eventually nauseating after meal-upon-meal of the often dry, chewy meat. It is difficult to cook it just right and rarely enjoyable to eat when it is cold, out of your 6-pack bag.

Ground chicken, on the other hand, is a much more pleasant experience. It is softer and retains it’s moister. The taste and flavor are similar to a chicken nugget without the breading.

There are two ways to obtain ground chicken. The first is to purchase it in the store. Read the package because the amount of fat will vary. 95% lean or better is ideal. A 4oz serving is 150 calories and  includes 5 gm fat, 24 gm protein, and 0 grams of carbs. This is nearly the same as chicken breast

The second technique is to grind it yourself in a blender. This will allow you to pull any visible fat from the meat and achieve a slightly leaner final product. You will need a good blender like a Ninja for this.

Ground chicken is also a fantastic option for gaining lean mass. While it is very difficult to eat larger servings of chicken breast, once ground, eating 8 – 12 oz is very easy.

Nutritional Facts 4 oz. Chick Breast

  • Calories 184
  • Fat 4.5 gm
  • Saturated Fat 1.5 gm
  • Carbohydrates 0 gm
  • Protein 24 gm
Shrimp for NPC Bodybuilder diet


Shrimp is another easy protein to eat. Also, EXTREMELY low in fat and a fantastic alternative to tilapia. Tilapia is one of the common foods for bodybuilders; however, nearly all tilapia is farmed, raised with hormones and fed feces. Not exactly something you want in your body. Given the toxins and hormones in tilapia, you may find your body responds with inflammation and water retention. While sodium is slightly higher in shrimp, you are more than likely adding salt to your tilapia anyway. The amount of sodium is still extremely low at 168 mg. To put that in perspective, the recommended daily sodium intake is an average of 3,400 mg a day.

Shrimp does have less protein than chicken because it is more water. This is also why it has about 30% fewer calories than chicken as the fat content is so low.

Shrimp has almost identical nutritional facts as tilapia. Shrimp is also another fantastic food for gaining lean mass. It is priced about the same as lean ground beef, but much leaner.

Nutritional Facts 4 oz. Shrimp

  • Calories 120
  • Fat 1.9 gm
  • Saturated Fat .3 gm
  • Carbohydrates 1 gm
  • Protein 23 gm
No Sugar Cocktail Sauce for diet

Cocktail Sauce

If you’re having shrimp, make it a shrimp cocktail!

You’ll have to make your own because most pre-made cocktail sauce has a ton of unnecessary sugar added.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup 100% Tomato Puree
  • 2 Tbsp. horseradish
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce, like Tabasco (optional)

Nutritional Facts 1 oz. Sauce (estimated)

  • Calories 10
  • Fat 0 gm
  • Saturated Fat 0 gm
  • Carbohydrates 2 gm
  • Protein 0 gm
Steel Cut Oats for IFBB Pro diet

Steel Cut Oats

Tired of gagging down your oatmeal? Change it up with steel cut oats. The new texture and flavor notes may be just what you need. Another benefit of steel cut oats is a lower glycemic index. Simply put, the less a food is processed, the lower the glycemic index because it takes more time for YOUR body to process the food. The result?  Glycogen from the carbs are released into your blood at a slower rate and thus less likely to be stored as fat.

Nutritional Facts ¼ Cup Dry

  • Calories 170
  • Fat 3 gm
  • Saturated Fat 0 gm
  • Carbohydrates 29 gm
  • Protein 7 gm
Devotion Nutrition for NPC IFBB Bodybuilding contest diet

Devotion Nutrition Flavored Sweeteners

Oatmeal 401: Devotion Nutrition offers all kinds of flavors to bring some FLAVOR to your life. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Angel Food Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Maple Bacon, and Peanut Butter Crunch are just a few of dozens of flavors. Everything is sweetened with Stevia and there are NO calories! Find your favorite flavor at

Nutritional Facts 1 packet

  • Calories 0
  • Fat 0 gm
  • Saturated Fat 0 gm
  • Carbohydrates 0 gm
  • Protein 0 gm
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