4.Best Vegetables for Building Muscle: Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is another starchy vegetable to consume post-workout because of its carbohydrate content, which replenishes depleted muscle glycogen storage.
Carbohydrates serve as the body’s main energy source. Medical authorities note it is important to consume carbohydrates as soon as you finish working out because “delaying the ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement post-exercise will result in a reduced rate of muscle glycogen storage.”
And, while still preliminary, animal studies are showing vitamin A is important for protein turnover, development, and growth. Being deficiency in vitamin A may cause a shift from fatty acids to protein catabolism as an energy source, resulting in muscle breakdown.