My Must Have's As A Bodybuilder

This is post by NoBull Author, Mike Boyle

We all know how important protein, carbs and healthy fats are to a bodybuilder.  Anything that can make our food prep a little easier, I’m all about it.  Here’s my top 5 list of kitchen gadgets that I can’t live without.

1. Foreman Grill or Cuisinart Griddler:

This is an absolute most for me.  It helps me prepare more servings of more kinds of food in less time  I own the Cuisinart Griddler which is very similar to a Foreman Grill.  It has 4 different cooking functions, so it can handle whatever your cooking.  I do a lot of my cooking on the Griddler.  I cook chicken, fish, beef and even grill veggies on it.  It has the ability to cook 3-6 large chicken breast on it.  You can also change the cooking plates and adjust the floating hinge to use the Griddler as a Contact Grill, a Panini Press, or your choice of an extra-large double Open Grill or Griddle.  You can pick up a Foreman Grill for about $50 and the Griddler for around $100.  Either one you choose well worth the money in my book.

2. Slow Cooker:

Using a Slow Cooker is a great way to prepare a lot of bodybuilding chicken recipes, when you don’t have a lot of time.  I personally cook 6lbs of chicken breast per week this way.  It doesn’t get much simpler, throw everything in the pot, turn on and walk away.  This cooking method heats food very gently and locks in all the taste and the goodness. It also allows for a better distribution of flavors throughout your food, giving the flavors time to season and blend in with the food.  These days you can get a slow cooker from anywhere from $20-$200.  No need to go crazy on the most expensive ones, they all do the same thing.

3. Rice Cooker:

Rice Cookers come in a variety of sizes, ranging from quite small, allowing you  to prepare just two cups of rice, to quite large, allowing you to prepare 20 cups of rice.   A rice cooker cooks each grain of rice to perfection, without being either too firm or too soft, and never sticking.  They make cooking rice nice because you no longer have to watch the pot on the stove as the rice cooks.  Just because its called a rice cooker doesn’t mean it only cooks rice.  Many rice cookers will also steam vegetables and other foods, making it more versatile.  If your not a huge rice eater, I would recommend not picking up a rice cooker.  They can get quite expensive ranging anywhere from $50 to over $200.

4. Magic Bullet:

This is a great handy compact appliance, that performs multiple task at a affordable price.  Anything that makes cooking preparation a little quicker and a little easier is always a bonus.  Don’t let the size full you, the Magic Bullet is a very powerful blending machine.  Great for mixing, blending, cutting and grinding.  I use mine multiple times daily.  From making smoothies to grinding up oatmeal to make oat flour.  I even use it for mixing my pancake recipes together.  Depending on where you buy it, its usually priced around $50-$60.

5. Digital Food Scale:

Whether your trying to gaining muscle or losing fat means being vigilant about what you eat, in quality and quantity.  A food scale may be exactly what you need to help you accurately add muscle mass or lose bodyfat.  A Digital Food Scale has the ability to be more precise and accurate.  You don’t have to go crazy, if you search around you can find a good scale for around $20-$40.

 NoBull Author Mike Boyle

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3 Responses to "My Must Have's As A Bodybuilder"

  1. Marc:
    March 24, 2012 05:16 pm

    Bought a rice cooker based on this post by Mike and I cannot begin to describe how much I like it. Steel cut oats and brown rice never tasted so good and mess is non-existent! Thanks Mike.

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  2. Sarah Taylor:
    March 14, 2012 08:09 pm

    Great recommendations. I currently use my George Foreman Grill to make just about every meal, I’m testing out new recipes to try and change things up a bit though.

    Another great new discovery I made just a while ago mentioned by your post is the magic bullet. It’s an amazing way to get all your vegetables and fruits in.

    Vegetable shakes are also an excellent way to keep the body alkaline so it can function optimally and absorb nutrients more efficiently. This I find is extremely important for bodybuilding and health in general.

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  3. Marc:
    March 14, 2012 01:22 pm

    Mike – Great list. I’ve got most 3 of 5 of those appliances myself. I’m looking into the rice cooker. I’d add a steamer to that list. You can easily steam veggies, fish and chicken and the clean up is not bad. 18 minutes later, I’ve had perfect talapia and veggies ready to go.

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