BBQ Tilapia for Bodybuilders

BBQ Tilapia for Bodybuilders

With a summer of barbecuing finally here, its time to look at a great choice for fitness minded people – tilapia! BBQ Tilapia for Bodybuilders!

Tilapia is a great source of protein very popular with bodybuilders for many reasons:

  • Its 81% protein 19% fat so its macros are awesome.
  • It doesn’t cause bloating.
  • It tastes awesome, not fishy at all and most of all …
  • Its cheap! – $5.49/pound at Costco

If you don’t like fish, give tilapia a try, you might be surprised – not fishy,no bones.  A 130 calorie portion of tilapia has 26g of protein!  Very protein dense!

Cooking Tilapia

I like grilling but you can do it in the oven too, here is how to barbecue tilapia.  You dont have to marinade the fish, just dip each piece in oil, lemon juice, and spices before plopping on the grill. I use olive oil and garlic but use any spice mix or oil you want.  Here are some of the spice mixes you can use:

garam-masala costco-no-salt-organic-seasoning

Very important, to keep the fish from sticking to the grill:

  1. Clean the grill with oil right before putting the fish on.
  2. Put the fish on the same direction as the grill bars, not crosswise. Makes it SO much easier to flip in one piece
  3. Wait till the fish easily comes off. If it sticks, its not done.




Tilapia Safety

Like all animals, fish accumulate the pollutants in their environment.  In the USA, dairy and poultry is the most polluted which is why its best to buy organic when buying  and milk, beef, chicken or egg product.  Similarly, fish farmed in ponds accumulates heavy metals and pesticides from runoff.  I personally saw fish being farmed in appallingly polluted conditions in Vietnam and I am sure its similar in other parts of Asia as well.  But remember, you have to eat SOMETHING!

You can find something wrong and dangerous with every single food and beverage on the planet including WATER. Get your various macros from a variety of sources. When it comes to your protein, you best get it from a mixture of plant and animal sources, and from each of those, spread it equally between different sources as well.  The reason for this is that each food has its own toxic elements and by just having a little of each, you keep the toxic load of all the various pollutants below the danger threshold.  For example, tuna has mercury, rice has arsenic, and but chicken has pesticides.   If you really want to be smart and keep pollutants below the toxic threshold, eat organic when you can afford it and don’t eat a lot of anything.

Eating tilapia every meal, every day is NOT healthy … but neither is eating chicken, whey, or beef at every meal either!