It wasn’t til recently that I learned the true definition of bro-food. According to the urban dictionary bro-food is defined as:
Foods that are primarily eaten by bodybuilders, figure competitors and people who participate in strength training.
Food eaten primarily by members of the fitness community.
They generally consist of high protein, high fiber, fats and carbs. These foods are mostly healthy foods that help the fitness person lose weight, gain muscle mass or both. Many bro-foods tend to be much more nutrient dense than general grocery food.
They’re called bro-foods because the fitness guys who tend to eat like this are called bros. The nickname or slang term for muscular guys who participate and or spend much of their lives in the fitness community.
Bro-Foods generally consist of food like Oatmeal, chicken breast, whey protein, nuts, 90% lean beef, coconut oil, Broccoli, olive oil, many types of fish, brown rice, peanut butter, bananas, wheat bread, eggs, cauliflower, cottage cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, sea slat etc.
Note : Bro-Foods do NOT always have to be strictly healthy. It can allow for cheat food, junk food or fast food from time to time. But still generally is less processed food that has high protein, higher fiber, adequate amount of fats, nutrients and carbs. These main components can and do fluctuate depending on what the fitness person is trying to achieve. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bro-Food)
I think we need to re-define this as “fitness food.” Guys and gals alike in the fitness community eat these types of foods. I think folks typically just call this “clean eating” or at least that is how I would define it. I don’t even know if you could go as far as to call this “fitness food.” I truly believe that this is just a healthy lifestyle. Eating foods that are good for your body and mind, foods that are nutrient dense and make you feel better. I have been trying my best to eat clean for years now. I think people find this hard or daunting but honestly it is just as easy to cook a healthy meal as it is an unhealthy one. I always hear people say that eating clean is more expensive or it’s harder to do. WHY??? When a head of lettuce at Kroger costs ninety nine cents and a bag of frozen burritos costs six dollars, explain to me how eating clean is more expensive? You can buy a banana for twenty nine cents or a burger from McDonalds for one dollar. The banana will give you the potassium you need and the burger will give you enough fats (mostly saturated) to cover your entire daily value. All of the meals that follow were cooked in 15 minutes and I guarante my body thanked me much more for these meals than it would have a greasy burger from a fast food joint.
Can of tuna with mustard, chili spiced baked sweet potato fries, greek yogurt pizza dip.
Baked sweet potato with peanut butter & cinnamon, cut green beans.
Josephs Lavish Bread Pizza
Pan crisped polenta, fried egg, steamed vegetable, bbq chickpeas.
Baked cod with lemon pepper seasoning, steamed broccoli, superfood pilaf (from Trader Joes).
Roasted sweet potato rounds, Morningstar Veggie Dogs.
Morningstar Blackbean Burger, Steamed vegetables, FF Feta Cheese, 35Cal Wheat Bread.
Miso Ginger Couscous, mushrooms, butternut squash, spinach, greek yogurt w/ sriracha.
It doesn’t take much time or effort to come up with a healthy meal that you can feel good about. Just do it!!