If you’re looking to add some lean muscle mass to your body, along with doing a proper weight training workout program, you also need to make a few changes to your diet as well.  Since you’re going to have to consume more calories than you burn each day to provide the calorie surplus that your body needs to generate this new muscle mass, eating calorie dense, healthy sources will be important.

Let’s take a quick look at the top muscle building foods that you should be adding to your diet plan.


One of the best carbohydrate sources for building muscle are oats. Be sure to purchase the varieties that are not sweetened however, otherwise you’ll just take in too much additional calories that could lead to fat gain. If you really struggle to increase your calorie intake up high enough to build muscle mass, then you should also consider having these raw like you would cold cereal. Pour some raw oats into a bowl, top with a sliced banana and perhaps a few raisins, blueberries or almonds, and then pour skim milk over top.

Dried Fruit

Another good food for those who are trying to get in more calories to build muscle is dried fruit. Dried fruit will provide all the same nutrients that regular fruit will but it’ll be a much more calorie dense option that will move you closer to your goals. Best of all dried fruit is very quick and convenient and can be taken anywhere so you can have a snack on the go.

Consider mixing dried fruit into baking, trail mixes, or topping a bowl of cereal with it to increase your overall calorie intake.

Peanut Butter

For most of us, peanut butter is something they love, but never allow themselves to have. Now that you’re trying to add more curves to your body however, peanut butter is a great food to include in your diet.

Not only is peanut butter going to supply you with plenty of calories, but it’s also a good source of healthy fats that will keep your system functioning properly and provide you with a long-term source of energy.


On the protein side of things, rather than relying strictly on chicken breasts and egg whites, add some salmon to the mix. Salmon is great for building muscle because it’s high in protein content but also high in essential fatty acids, which are necessary to maintain good health.

Add salmon to your menu at least twice a week and you’ll be right on track to better nutrition.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is another quality source of protein that you should be adding. This one digests very slowly in the body so is perfect for that late-night muscle building snack before you go to bed.

Add some sliced grapes or a few almonds into cottage cheese and you’ll have a tasty combination that can’t be beat.

So there you have some of the top muscle building foods that you should add into your diet plan.  If you can eat at least two of these each day, you’ll be on track to success.