In this article, we have suggested a list of Nutritious Vietnamese foods for bodybuilders while they are visiting Vietnam. Fitness is gradually becoming a trend in training to improve, stay healthy and fit in Vietnam. Bodybuilding nutrition is not the only factor, but it is an important component in the success of bodybuilders because it is a determinant of your level of muscle growth.
Here are some of the most important synthetic nutrients you should consume in order to get the desired results: Protein, Fat, starch, Fiber, Vitamins and minerals, and pure water. Here in Vietnam, a culinary paradise, it definitely will not lack the varied menu for bodybuilders. Here is a suggested list of foods to eat and avoid for bodybuilders here.
Foods to eat
Pho is considered as a great choice to provide enough energy for our body, especially breakfast because it ensures the necessary amount of protein (mainly from beef) and starches (from rice) to give our body enough energy for an active morning.
As we all know, beef contains many minerals such as protein, potassium and many other vitamins and minerals as well, those are indispensable in the diet for bodybuilders. Low potassium levels inhibit protein synthesis as well as growth hormone production, which affects on muscle growth. Such a famous dish of international stature, it is not difficult to find suitable and convenient food for you.
Beefsteak is a popular dish in Europe and especially America and is also a familiar dish in the modern cuisine style of Vietnamese people. The following brand names are our suggestion if you are looking for a high-quality Beefsteak restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city.
El Gaucho (Top 1 in Saigon)
- 74 Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe, D1
- CR1-12 Crescent Mall, 101 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu, D7
- Opening hour: 11.00 AM – 11.30 PM
- Reference price: 500,000 VND to 1,500,000 VND
Amigo Grill Restaurant
- Address: 55 – 57 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, District 1, TP. Ho Chi Minh
- Opening hour: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
- Reference price: 200,000 to 880,000 VND
Grilled chicken breast
Chicken breast is considered the best part of a chicken. In addition, It is a high-protein food source for bodybuilders as well as build muscle so your menu cannot skip this dish. The way to prepare this dish is quite simple, you can make it at home thanks to some clear and effective recipes.
Not only the usual boiled, stir-fried dishes, but grilled chicken breast is also considered as a very interesting dish, no less delicious than other meats. Besides, adding vegetables to fried or boiled dishes will make the dish more nutritious.
Warm Vietnamese lemongrass chicken salad
Fiber is also an indispensable factor in bodybuilding, the best source of fiber from vegetables and salads is the best choice. Salad is a great snack, full of vitamins and fiber. It helps decompose and burn fat, increase the number of male hormones, aid in combating exhaustion and arthritis, especially toning muscles. Foods containing vitamins B, C, D, E, calcium, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus are great for bodybuilders to restore muscle and keep muscles strong. Warm Vietnamese lemongrass chicken salad is one of the most popular salads among Vietnamese, Its healthy and delicious.
Here is some address you can refer in Saigon:
- Address: 31 Do Quang Dau, D1
- Opening hour: 7a.m to 10.30pm/ 50,000 to 85,000VND
- Address: 46/38 Tran Dinh Xu, D1
- Opening hours: 9.30a.m to 8p.m/ 40,000 to 70,000VND
Eat more salad:
- Address: 365B Cach Mang Thang 8, D10
- Opening hours: 8a.m to 6.30p.m/ 50,000 to 80,000VND
Poké is definitely one of the most nutritious and delicious Vietnamese foods for bodybuilders. It’s full of protein and vitamins. Poke is kind of salad which is usually composed of 1 pound sockeye salmon, 1/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium, or tamari), 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar), 1 teaspoon sriracha (or chili paste), 1 teaspoon sesame oil, beans, and different kinds of vegetables. You can ask the chef to add some of your favorite ingredients before they prepare it for you. The price for a bowl of Poke is usually between 150,000-200,0000 Vietnamese Dong.
There are a lot of restaurants in Saigon to sell poke, but the below address is our suggestion;
- Address: 218/5 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D3
- Opening hours: 10a.m to 9p.m/ 80,000 to 100,000VND
Vietnam is very famous as a country with strong agricultural strengths, so it is extremely easy and economical to buy products made from beans.
Not only rich in protein, but beans are also a good source of fiber, minerals, vitamins and many active ingredients. Those who follow a diet that wants to limit fat and meat intake should consider adding them to their menu.
With a hot and humid tropical climate, the diversity of food is evident. Fruit in Vietnam is also very rich. Fruit is a necessary food source for bodybuilders, it is the most abundant source of mineral vitamins.
Eating enough fruit helps you much in the digestive process and balance of nutrients.
Foods to avoid
You lose a lot of energy when exercising. After that, you need to have a snack. But remember that there are some foods you should avoid after exercising to keep your body fit.
Fast food or greasy food
Vietnamese street food or restaurants are very diverse and open almost all day, choosing a snack is not difficult. However, you should avoid greasy or fast food so that you do not exercise.
Vietnamese pancakes or fried sausages are all very attractive, but you need to be careful to avoid these because they are high in calories and not good for digestion.
Fruit with high sugar level
Durian, lychee or longan are delicious, but not good for bodybuilders because they are high in sugar. This makes the digestive process unfavorable, from which the muscles cannot grow well. Why?
Firstly, you will get more calories.
Secondly, these foods can slow down your metabolism. That’s why you should cross out these kinds of fruit from your diet.
Drinks with much sugar
Drinks in Vietnam are also quite popular, especially milk teas. If you are in the process of exercising, you should absolutely avoid the sugary and fat drinks like milk tea. Drinking a cup of milk tea is equivalent to your intake of 450 calories and also takes 45 minutes of jogging to consume it.
Above are the necessary notes for the process of selecting food during the training of bodybuilders in Vietnam. I hope you guys have some notes for yourself and more success.