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Protein on a Strict Budget

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:11 pm
by synergy317
Hey guys,
It is summer classes time. I am living off campus so I don't have a meal plan. So far the only cheap protein rich foods I am finding is eggs, cheese and milk. Any advice on what other foods to look for to get the most quality-protein-bang for my buck? Tuna is on my list, but it really is not that cheap for the cans I have seen.

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:23 pm
by stuward
Sardines
Mackerel
Liver & other organ meats
Hamburger
Chicken legs
Beans
Ham
Whey powder

http://stronglifts.com/build-muscle-on- ... f-protein/

Also, get to know your butcher/deli/fish supplier. Get the left over ends and use them for soup or chowder.

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:44 pm
by Ricky
If by cheese, you mean "cottage cheese" then yeah... regular cheese is more fat than protein most of the time. 2% cottage cheese is mostly protein.

Also, that chili con carne stuff that comes in a can that says "98% fat free" is cheap as fv(k and somewhere around 46g of protein per can.

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:15 pm
by ApolytonGP
Egg whites. I buy the pre-made and just have a pint straight with a huge amount of veggies mixed in (whole pan full to a couple layers deep).

chicken breasts: Use the George Foreman and grill the pack of 3 at once. cut them in half. then use on salads, in sandwhickes etc. Each half breast is 100 calories and about 20g protein. Very convenient for the math!

Carbmaster yogurt from Kroger: 12g of protein, 80 calories and only 40 cents! ( I buy about 30 every few days!) Actually take my shopping cart and shove it against the cooler (with opened door) and just shovel them in. maybe I should ask about getting cases from the back!

FF feta: almost pure protein (not sure if cheap)

FF cream cheese: almost pure protein (not sure if cheap)

My Kroger also has some very cheap defrosted fish (less than 2 dollars per pound).

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Personally I don't really buy the "need to have 1+ g of protein per pound". There's a lot of disagreement on that and it seems very possible that the RDA types might be right. I do have a bit more than RDA (usually 150 per day, but if I'm down to 100, I don't sweat it). So maybe just decide to have less? :lol:

There's also a good novel called King Rat by James Clavell. Give it a read. :wink:

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:44 am
by Ironman
Pay more attention to your first response and not so much to the third one.

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:03 am
by robertscott
Beef mince, I think Americans called it ground beef. Cheap as chips it is, you can buy a big pack of it and it'll do you like three meals plus you can bulk it up cheaply adding onions, kidney beans etc. Eat three meals of it a day, drink loads of whole milk and you're pretty much there.

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:35 am
by Jungledoc
Vegetarians

Twizzlers

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:14 am
by frigginwizard
Jungledoc wrote:Vegetarians

Twizzlers
are you implying that eating a vegetarian would be a good source of protein?

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:52 am
by dale2177
frigginwizard wrote:
Jungledoc wrote:Vegetarians

Twizzlers
are you implying that eating a vegetarian would be a good source of protein?
Wouldn't be much meat on a vegetarian i would of thought they're quite a high fat content!

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:54 am
by stuward
frigginwizard wrote:
Jungledoc wrote:Vegetarians

Twizzlers
are you implying that eating a vegetarian would be a good source of protein?
Not really a good source but it is a cheap source.

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:53 pm
by Jungledoc
And you should try to get grass-fed rather than grain-fed vegetarians. They provide a better O-3 to O-6 ratio.

Also, you should note that vegetarians are protected species in some jurisdictions.

Funny that people question my suggestion about vegetarians, but don't comment on the Twizzlers. This shows how far we've come, that everyone just accepts that Twizzlers are a good source of protein.

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:35 pm
by jml
Interesting about the canned mackerel. I'm definitely going to pick up a ton of that. Great protein, n-3, lots of vitamins and minerals. Nice find.

http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/finf ... cts/4074/2

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:49 am
by frigginwizard
Jungledoc wrote: Funny that people question my suggestion about vegetarians, but don't comment on the Twizzlers. This shows how far we've come, that everyone just accepts that Twizzlers are a good source of everything.
fixed

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:36 pm
by Rucifer
frigginwizard wrote:
Jungledoc wrote: Funny that people question my suggestion about vegetarians, but don't comment on the Twizzlers. This shows how far we've come, that everyone just accepts that Twizzlers are a good source of everything.
fixed
Especially fun!

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:52 pm
by hoosegow
I have spread the word. My work here is done.