MikeKrieger saidSo, like many Americans, I receive SNAP benefits through the state. Trust me, if you are eligible - even for a short time... you should enroll. Anyway, I was curious about something: Can my EBT card pay for some supplements, specifically the protein powder I consume regularly? As it turns out... perhaps yes. It all depends on the labeling. If the protein powder has a "Nutritional Label" it will be covered by SNAP (aka. Food Stamps) If the protein powder has a "Supplemental Label" the FDA does not recognize it as a food product and therefor not covered by SNAP.
Now the kicker: I can't find any powders online with a 'Nutritional Label' opposed to a 'Supplemental Label'
Perhaps we should pool our minds and compile a list of such products, as I'm sure I'm not the only fitness nut on food stamps
What do ya say gang... shall we?
We bitch about people on food stamps, which costs us a few dollars a year, but we don't complain about corporate welfare, which costs us thousands.
Protein powder is
food. People think protein powders are magic medicines. And the fact that we call them "supplements" adds to this misconception. They're just food. They're derived from milk. And unless you're buying expensive isolated whey, they can actually be more economical than chicken. Casein protein is a byproduct of cheese making, and they used to throw it away. It's really good, slow-digesting protein. For $30, you can buy a bottle that has like 25 servings of 25 grams each at Vitamin Shoppe (store brand). Even better when they have them on sale for buy one, get second half off.
Although it's not adviseable, you can theoretically live off of only protein powder instead of chicken or beans or eggs for your protein intake. If you spend your food stamps on protein powder, then you may not be able to afford chicken or eggs, so there's a trade-off. So, either way, you won't be able to afford much food total
(protein powders included), unless you're somehow able to reduce the amount of money you spend on housing or transportation.
Since you're severely constrained by money, you'll have to limit yourself to cheap forms of protein, which could very well include casein if you find it at a good price. Obviously, beef and salmon will have to be out of the question, or at least very occasional. Cheaper proteins could be a combination of both animal-derived (chicken, eggs, dairy products, and casein powders) and plant-based (beans and lentils). Lentils are a superfood, because they combine both protein and slow-digesting carbs. And they're super-cheap while also super-healthy and very physique-friendly. So, teach yourself to make lentil soup.