Why Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Works
Over the years, I’ve used variations of this recipe in meal plans for myself and my clients. And this particular combination of foods gets results whether your goal is to lose fat, gain muscle, or both.
One of the reasons this recipe is so good is the combination of macronutrients. As we all know, chicken breast is one of the most concentrated sources of protein. And that means your body has the building blocks to create and maintain lean muscle.
In addition, rice is packed with starchy carbs that fuel intense workouts and help you recover after training. And the carbohydrates work together with protein to build more lean muscle. Broccoli contains some carbs as well, but more importantly it’s a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Finally, coconut oil is the best natural source of MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides). These healthy fats break down fast and get used immediately for energy. And coconut oil provides flavor without the fear of being stored as body fat.
However, it’s not just the macronutrients that make this chicken, broccoli, and rice recipe work. Actually, I chose thse specific herbs and spices to reduce sodium and fight inflammation that comes with vigorous exercise. In particular, many studies conclude that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.