We all know getting enough protein in our diet is essential for repairing muscle tissue damaged during exercise and for stimulating the development of new muscle tissue. Whether you're trying to increase muscle mass or maintain the muscle you already have, protein is key. That's where these meals come in.

Remember: The timing of your protein intake and meal spacing is crucial. Try eating four equally spaced, protein-rich meals and snacks throughout the day. There's also a “window of opportunity” post-workout, when your body is primed to build muscle—so aim to eat a protein-rich snack or meal like one of these about 15-60 minutes post-workout.

Check out these 13 delicious, protein-packed Paleo recipes for optimal muscle growth that’ll keep you covered from breakfast to dinner and every meal in between.

Bayla Bryski, R.D.N., is a registered dietitian and competitive Olympic weightlifter. She specializes in sports nutrition, weight management and general health and wellness. Follow her on Instagram.