Cheap protein sources?

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  1. Daveee

    Daveee New Member

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    Aside from catching good deals at the grocery store on chicken breasts, tuna, etc., what are some quick ways to get down a lot of protein without necessarily needing to cook much and without breaking the bank? I've never tried protein powder, but as a broke-ass college student, I almost had a heart attack when I saw the prices for the stuff. I can't afford that, so what should I be looking at?
     
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    can you afford $30?
     
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    $30 a day, week, month? I'm on a really tight budget, but I can certainly do my best to work something beneficial to my health in. I've already cut out just about every unnecessary expense and I've got a little more change since I no longer smoke and rarely drink..
     
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    Per gram, protein powder is pretty much the cheapest around.

    I can buy a dozen jumbo eggs for 88 cents on special

    12*7.5 / .88 = 102g of protein / dollar!!!!
     
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    Eggs are the cheapest. But have fun completely gorging on eggs for your protein. Instead of complaining about the price of protein powder, find a way to earn $30 a week more than you do. If you're serious about it you can do it.
     
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    go to BJs and buy a 5lb bag of EAS 100% Whey for $30 it'll last ya a month or so.
     
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    on a serious note... if you replace all your eating out and other foods, you should be able to afford all natural sources of protein, usually at a lower price than any other set of foods. eggs, canned tuna, chicken, etc. and that tub of protein powder. should cost you about 5 bucks a day to feed yourself adequate amount of food if you're not eating other things.
     
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    But what can I do with eggs, and is the amount of calories in an egg going to outweigh the benefits of the protein?

    I love it...asking questions is "complaining" on this forum. :hsugh:

    We don't have BJs, you think Sam's or similar will have that sort of deal?

    I don't eat out at all except for when I go to lunch or dinner on a date, which is maybe 2 or 3 times a month. I'm trying to avoid that now because I always feel like a pussy when I get less food/healthier food than the girl :rofl:
     
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    On that note, you're all right, I can figure out a way to work that out.
     
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    a 5lb thing of Optimum Nutrition 100% gold standard Whey Protien has like 72 servings and you can get it on Bodytech.com or Vitaminshoppe.com for like $41 that should last you easily a month if you have two scoops a day which equals out to like 48grams of protien....
     
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    in order of cheapness (protein per dollar)

    protein powder
    eggs
    can tuna
    chicken
    ground beef
    turkey
     
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    Nice, I'll check that out

    I kinda wanted to get my foot in the door and try out a really cheap jar of whey protein first...any thoughts on this Body Fortress crap that walmart sells? I'm sure it tastes awful but I really don't care about that, it's $15 for 2lbs. Worth a shot?
     
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    What's the benchmark whey protein powder that most people agree upon as being the top contender? I'd like to compare some of the nutrition info on both
     
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    When I get older and settled into my house I'm going to keep chickens and cows and I'm gonna make my own meats. :bowdown:
     
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    :rofl: nice
     
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    So I'm sitting here trying to figure up some numbers on protein. At ~195lbs, assuming 1g protein/1lb bodyweight (right this second, I think that's a fair start for somebody who is very new into actually lifting and not just "working out" every other week like I used to), I'm having a hard time filling out a daily diet with 200g of protein in it.

    I have no problem eating boneless skinless chicken breast and a lot of it, fairly low cal and with about 50g protein for every 8 ounces it's good for my goal. 3 glasses of skim milk per day is less than 250 calories and about 25 grams of protein, a couple cans of tuna (even though I hate the shit with a passion, I'm willing to forgo taste in pursuit of my goals) is upwards of 55-60, and then I'm looking at the EAS protein powder at Sam's Club that was mentioned above. All told, those 4 things can net me about 150-175 g of protein per day, but I know for sure that if I don't find a way to mix things up I will eventually have serious issues with keeping that diet the way it needs to be. Any suggestions for other protein rich sources? I know eggs are the thing that everybody uses, but I have a hard time justifying buying 12 eggs and then throwing away upwards of 8 or 10 yolks simply because I wouldn't have anything else to use them on, ya know? Any thoughts?
     
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    if you dont like canned tuna dont eat it. i dont like it and i use canned salmon or crabmeat instead and like them.

    buy carton egg whites or eat the yolks. i make an egg omelet every morning with 3/4 cup carton egg whites + 2 whole eggs for extra calories and so i dont throw the yolks out.

    cottage cheese has ~30g protein per 1 cup. i get most of my protein from chicken breasts though.

    id just look into a 5lb tub of whey somewhere. i bought some dymatize from fitrx last month for $30 and usually have ~1.5 scoops/day and it still doesnt look like i put a dent in it.
     
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    liquid egg whites = egg beaters egg whites, that sorta thing?
     
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    Here's the latest ON deal on Vitaminshoppe.

    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3946098
     
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