Growth Hormone is one of the main anabolic hormones responsible for muscle growth and development. But research shows that our levels of HGH decrease as we age, making it harder and harder to gain muscle as we get older. However, L-arginine has been proven to help increase basal levels of HGH. Many bodybuilders take advantage of this relationship by taking arginine supplements before bed. But there is no need for expensive supplements as arginine can be found in lots of foods. Shrimp are jam packed full or arginine and make a perfect meal when trying to gain muscle. Additionally, avocado and almonds are perfect protein foods, helping to make this meal an anabolic masterpiece. Enjoy!
Sauteed shrimp: 1/2 lb of shrimp, Garlic to taste, 2 tbsp of lemon juice
Avocado pesto: 1 cup basil, 1 avocado, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp garlic, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup raw almonds
Cilantro quinoa: 1 cup quinoa, finely grated cilantro, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tsp of lemon juice.
1) Sautee the shrimp with the garlic and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Should take around 6 mins and shrimp should be pink
2) Combine all avocado pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend for 4 mins.
3) Add cooked quinoa to a bowl of cilantro, melted butter, and lemon juice.
4) Serve the shrimp on top of the pesto and quinoa