The Fish or the Chicken

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  1. Mr. Monopoly

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    Both myself and my girl are going on a healthy food shopping quest this weekend with our shoestring budget. :mamoru: We're planning on grabbing the standard veggies (asparagus, corn, spinach, beans, etc.), some milk and eggs, and some kind of meat. She's wanting to drop weight, and I'm wanting to turn my little bit of fat (5'6"- 144lbs (no seriously, I do have a bit of fat) :hs:) into some lean muscle. We're avoiding the beef for now and are down to between chicken breasts or fish fillets. Which would do us better: regular skinless frozen chicken breasts, tilapia fillets, or a box of salmon patties?

    Edit: Once I finish going through all the stuff in the archives and the stickies, I'm going to start a training log to get myself motivated/track progress. Gotta figure out which parts apply to me though as I mainly want to run rather than lift.
     
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    Buy all three of them. Chicken is fantastic because its got TONS of protein in it. Fish is fantastic because its got TONS of protein in it as well.

    So for variety get them all.
     
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    I've heard and seen people say it, but I never got over the mayo taste it. I can't stand the taste of mayo.
     
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    lol, I'm talking about REAL tuna, like ahi tuna. Its almost like a sirloin and eating it raw is YUMMM

    I hate the tuna w/ mayo thing, its not healthy really either.

    If you have a trader joes near you get the ahi tuna there
     
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    NOW you're talking.. I've had ahi before as sushi, but I didn't know it was available to regular folks without the heaping of canned mayo on it. I'll make sure to hunt some down. No trader joes, but we've got a bunch of little asian markets. When it comes to fish, is there really a bad one for you? Or are the different types just for variety?
     
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    I don't think theres a "bad" fish but with things like Shrimp and Scallops you don't want to over do it. Also obviously depending on how the fish is cooked/prepared can have an effect on it, no frying and no breading imo.

    Salmon with a little spice is :yum:
     
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    Got it. We pretty much just cook our fish on a griddle so not too much in the breading/frying dept (I don't like that taste anyways). Thanks for the info guys, and I hope to be joining all your muscly selves at the gym soon. No homo.
     
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    Chicken will be much more kind to your shoe string budget. But getting both is good for variety.

    Just like on the greens: broc and green beans will be easier on the budget than asparagus, but i like to get all 3.
     
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    eat some beef
     
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    Buy chicken breasts in bulk when they're on sale and freeze that up. You can get it dirt cheap if you search around. SAM's club works well for that. Given your budged I'd do fish as a special occassion kind of thing. But you can get that on good sales too. Salmon and tuna steaks are reguarly on sale at big supermarkets.
     
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    Do canned foods work here for the veggies, or is it as I suspect and it should still be green? Anyone know of any other tasty foods in the Asian market district? A few of the stores where we're headed are having major sales.
     
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    Fresh mung beans and uncooked sprouts are good for amino acids and vitamins.
     
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    Go frozen, not canned. Fresher has to be better.

    bro science/common sense
     
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    raw fish is fucking :yum: if it's been carefully handled for parasites.
     
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    Fish is great, but even cheaper (read: not tasty) varieties are gonna run you around 2x as much money per pound. If you're balling on a budget, you could do a mix of both.

    Personally, I really only enjoy haddock ($9+/lb) and striper (whenever I catch it). Any other fish and I have to force it down my throat.
     
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    This will probably be my plan, bag o fish, bag o chicken. I"m debating on my favorite spices for them (MC Grill Mates). I love the flavor, but I think the sodium and carbs make it a no no. S: 500mg C: 3 g for two teaspoons.
     
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    if you're really on a budget just buy whatever is cheapest per lb...sometimes salmon is on sale for like 3.99/lb and that's a grrrreat deal.

    I hate tilapia and salmon patties.
     
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    Fish is probably the best, get you those Omega-3s, son.
     
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    Beef won't hurt

    It's the sugar that will kill you
     
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    chicken > tuna > fish
     
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