Supplements can be quite expensive and so can natural food. One thing every bodybuilder needs is a lot of muscle building protein, but it can be hard to get. Good protein can be expensive if you do not know where to look.
This article is for anybody lifting weights and bodybuilding on a budget. Not all of us are made of gold and many of us in fact desperately need cash. Here is how you can get the protein that you need without breaking the bank. Here are your top choices.
Chicken thighs can be found for under $1 a pound if you sho sales. When you find them, buy a lot and freeze them, they freeze well. In addition to great protein, these also provide some good fat. Fat is crucial to your health and helps muscle growth and testosterone production.
Chicken thighs also have the benefit of being easy to cook and tasty. Because of the fat content, they are more forgiving to cook, unlike boneless skinless chicken which often ends up dry. Just season your thighs with some salt, pepper and maybe a little garlic powder and grill or bake them.
Both beef and chicken livers can be found for cheap in the meat department. It is extremely nutritious, loaded with protein and numerous vitamins and minerals.
If you can stomach liver, it is a fantastic choice for a bodybuilder because of the level of nutrients that you get for the price point. Stomaching it is the big issue.
Protein powder will always remain one of the cheapest way to get your protein. Whey protein is very affordable when you go with a generic protein. The designer ones and the isolates tend to get more expensive although often are more tasty.
Make your budget friendly protein more palatable by using milk instead of water and adding fruits like bananas or strawberries.
When you buy peanut butter, you must go with the jumbo size to get the most bang for your buck. Shop the bulk food aisle and get the big, big jar.
Serve yourself peanut butter sandwiches or top celery with it for a low carb protein feast. You can also add it to smoothies for a protein boost.
Chicken of the sea. Tuna fish is loaded with protein and minerals. It is a healthy way to get protein but should be used in moderation because of potential mercury poisoning. Don’t let that scare you though, you would have to eat tuna every day to get into trouble. Have it a couple times a week and you are just fine.
Serve Tuna as a tuna fish sandwich or perhaps on crackers. Purists can eat it straight for a more concentrated protein burst. If you like pre-made food, check out the seasoned tuna fish packages with all kinds of flavors like Thai Spice, Buffalo, Ranch, etc.
Eggs are a staple and are often heavily discounted at grocery stores to lure in customers.
Eggs are perhaps one of the most versatile foods to have in your inventory. Boil them, fry them, serve them sunny side up, as egg salad, the list goes on and on.