I personally find that eating potatoes,preferably organic, following an intense workout does wonders for packing on mostly fat-free mass. It really helps to maximize the glycogen in your muscles giving you a more pumped look. However, when I consume potatoes at any other time of the day, they seem to be more fat-inducing than anything else so I generally reserve them exclsuively for my post workout meal.
Defintitely steer clear of pasta though, whole wheat or not its all garbage and one of the most difficult “foods” for you to digest.
Remember that one of the downsides to bulking diets is that the excess of food you’ll be eating places an enormous strain on your pancreas and other digestive organs to marshall the needed enzymes to digest and assimilate all the nutrents. That’s why you’re better off relying on fruits and vegetables over grains to supply you with your carbs. Theyre generally a lot easier to digest and provide a lot more nutrients and phytochemicals which are absent from grains.
Definitely stick with butter, preferably raw but if not at least organic–Trader Joe’s organic sweet cream butter is the best tasting commercially available type I’ve had. The advantage of the raw variety is that if the cows have been grass-fed, the stuff is loaded with CLA.
Avoid margarine like the plague, regardless of whether its non hydrogenated devoid of trans fats or not, it is closer to industrial waste than food.
Other excellent fats-unfiltered olive oil, coconut milk and oil and avocadoes.