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    Jun 19, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    So of course you should eat a lot of protein, carbs, and drink your recovery formula, but which meals do you find to be the cheapest. Sometimes I just cant eat steak 3 meals a day! Protein can become expensive. Any experience or recommendations?
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    Jun 19, 2013 2:35 PM GMT
    Beans are pretty high in protein and they are cheap.
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    Jun 19, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    Peanuts and some tinned fish. In general you are right though it is expensive icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 19, 2013 3:15 PM GMT
    Beans are good. Im guessing refried is out.

    Tuna is pretty cheap as well..
  • iHavok

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    Jun 19, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    Roasts aren't badly priced... when you break it down and make several meals of it. I also like flank steak for several meals.


    Shop around for best deals/sales. Most stores have their meat on sale on Wednesday (priced up Friday for the weekend, its whats leftover and has to be gone).

    Shop/Cook in bulk, and try farmers markets...sometimes they can give u great deals on veggies/fruits, but also keep track... sometimes it's not a deal

    Get some of your protein from bulk almonds/nuts...they are usually a great price for a super healthy snack.


    OH and to help take a break from the monotony of beans, make some hummus! easy and tasty!
  • camfer

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    Jun 19, 2013 3:22 PM GMT
    There's a lot of good road kill in Georgia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadkill_cuisine
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 19, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    It isn't food but is a great supplement to your diet-- get a good, low cal protein powder that you can drink before and after working out. Feeds the muscles and makes you feel full. I drink one shaker cup in the morning with fat free milk (for the calcium) and one mixed with water split before and after my evening workout. Make sure it is 30+ grams of protein and less than 100 calories. Some are little more than sugar water.
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    Jun 19, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    I usually settle for salads when I am low on budget for groceries. I am not a huge fan of fish so I typically go for chicken - buying a package of chicken breasts become substantially more affordable if you settle for the one that hasn't been deboned and had skin removed. Takes a few extra minutes of prepping, but i'd say it's worth it.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jun 19, 2013 6:39 PM GMT
    Chicken and fish go on sale a lot
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    Jun 19, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    Beans and rice are a complete protein. I love brown rice. One of my favorite guilty pleasures and comfort food is heating up a can of Dennison's hot chilli and adding a cup of cooked brown rice (which had been previously cooked and frozen in one cup portions).

    Although I love tuna I'd be leery of it. Several decades ago there was a lot of concern raised about the mercury in tuna. Perhaps there isn't as much mercury pollution being dumped, but I dunno.
  • MrPapo317

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    Jun 19, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
    I usually do egg whites, chicken, turkey, and black beans for my protein. along with my almond milk and protein shakes.
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    Jun 19, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    Lots of chicken, eggs (can do just the whites if you want), tuna, I usually like to snack on almond mixes with little salt, ricotta cheese (for pasta), cottage cheese (add fruits and nuts to it and mix it with Greek yogurt for even more protein), bagels actually have some protein too, etc.

    There's a lot of stuff you can do; protein, especially if you take a post-workout shake, should be one of the easiest macros to hit. I always find myself reaching proteins and fats but not carbs. Although like you said, proteins would be kind of the more expensive macro to buy.
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    Jun 20, 2013 6:10 AM GMT
    Wolfrunner18 saidSo of course you should eat a lot of protein, carbs, and drink your recovery formula, but which meals do you find to be the cheapest. Sometimes I just cant eat steak 3 meals a day! Protein can become expensive. Any experience or recommendations?


    Turkey Burgers, lean and nutrious.
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    Jun 20, 2013 6:51 AM GMT
    okay, so I'm veggie, and managed to do the whole thing very cheap. carbs were mostly rice or bread. protein came from lentils, beans, cottage cheese, quark and milk. and myprotein unflavoured whey powder. fats from olive oil, flax seed oil and nuts.
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    Jun 20, 2013 9:08 AM GMT
    Headin to the store to see what I can find today. Ill let you know what happens.
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
    Cool. So today I bought:
    Avocados
    Eggs
    Milk
    Mushrooms
    Chicken
    Beef
    Granola
    Yogurt
    Sack of Potatoes
    Olive Oil
    All for under 25.

    Ill head back for fish when I want it. Fresher that way probably.
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    Jun 21, 2013 6:10 AM GMT
    I've found if I don't get a solid breakfast in the morning, I'm struggling to eat enough through the rest of the day to catch up. So I always start there, and mix it up... some days will be 3-4 eggs/toast/bacon, others are Greek Yogurt (plain old yogurt, no sugar added) with fruit/honey and granola.
    Almost always fix a peanut butter sandwich with what I call super bread (my store carries Dave's Killer Bread-http://www.daveskillerbread.com/killer-bread/nutritional-comparison.html), awesome protein and fat content in the peanut butter too!

    Vary it up: Sweet Potatoes are great complex carbs, Ground Turkey has less fat than beef, Bison is great too!
  • Coachfan

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    Jul 23, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    Eggs are good protein.
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    Jul 24, 2013 7:56 AM GMT
    Chicken breasts aren't that expensive. Lots of protein. Beans will give you gas though.
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    Jul 24, 2013 8:59 AM GMT
    Doggett saidChicken breasts aren't that expensive.


    This. I buy boneless, skinless chicken breast in bulk for $1.99/lb. I live on the stuff. I have fish once or twice a week plus the occasional steak.

    Beware of canned tuna. The cheap stuff, while providing lots of protein, is loaded with sodium. Most of it is canned with 'chicken broth'- read the labels.

    For carbs, oatmeal and brown rice are cheap. Buy fruit & veggies in season at a farmers' market if you can, otherwise some of the frozen varieties aren't bad. Just make sure that they're not loaded with sauces and gunk.

    Nuts and peanuts are a good source of 'good' fats and calories. I buy unsalted in bulk because I have to be very careful with my sodium intake.

    Read the labels!
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    Jul 24, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    Sungod17 said
    Beware of canned tuna. The cheap stuff, while providing lots of protein, is loaded with sodium. Most of it is canned with 'chicken broth'- read the labels.


    To me, the best canned tuna is the kind packed in olive oil. Still has more sodium that someone watching it would like, but it tastes vastly better than the dry water-packed stuff and olive oil has a great omega-3/PUFA profile. It's usually a bit more expensive, but worth it.
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    Jul 24, 2013 6:42 PM GMT
    Eggs. Raw. Crack and "down the hatch".

    I can devour 6 in less time than it takes to crack them.
    I buy the organic, cage free versions and take fish oil capsules to help balance the fats and cholesterol.