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So i had a friend ask me the other day how i get enough protein into my diet each day. He said he was struggling to get enough into his, even though he was having a protein shake, eating meat ect ect. I had a think about it and came up with a few ideas on the spot and thought i would share it with you. These are a few of my go to protein options.
The easiest answer i had for him was to continue to have the protein shakes. They are a great way to get that extra protein in you without having to eat loads of high density protein food. They are also a lot easier to consume. If you are only having one shake a day, maybe try go up to two or even three, i you are really struggling and you have enough powder (not necessarily the cheapest option). Also do not let protein shakes replace a health meals. You can get protein powder cheap on sites like Ebay or my personal favourite site, AminoZ. Protein Powder such as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey can be found for around $150, which usually has a $1 to 1 serve ratio (This is the best protein you can get on the market) They are a lot of other cheaper proteins so keep an eye out and choose what best suits you.
The next obvious one is to eat meat. The more expensive meats such as lean turkey breast or mince, kangaroo, salmon and premium beef mince are great sources of protein with little fat and carbs to go with them, but unless they are discounted, I usually consider them out of the equation. I have found that the best cost effective meats to go for without breaking the bank are tins of tuna or salmon, chicken breast and some filleted fish ( I usually have fish due to my dad fishing a lot). Tuna can be found for $1 a can and chicken breast on special, around $8 a kilogram.
Another great source of protein is beans. When preparing my meals i incorporate red kidney beans or black beans on top of my chicken breast to boost my protein intake for that meal and overall, the day. Most beans are a great source of protein, but also have many other nutritional values such as fibre, potassium, magnesium and having very little to no fats. Other beans i use include navy, pinto and chickpeas ( I know it’s not a bean but its still too good not to mention). Most of these beans can be bought for around $1-2 a can at any supermarket.
You then have your dairy products such a milk, cottage cheese and yoghurt. My favourite snack is Chobani yoghurt, which is high in protein, low in fat and when on special cheap ( $1 a portion). It comes in so many different flavours and tastes great. Milk is a good source of protein and when added to a protein shake or even on its own boosts your intake significantly whilst getting plenty of calcium. Cottage cheese is a good slow releasing protein, which meals it slowly gives the body protein over an extended period of time (6-8 hours). I usually would have this before bed on a rye crack to keep my protein levels high whilst i sleep. Downside, it may not be the cheapest thing and i find it tastes terrible. But it is good at what it does.
Nuts, such as almonds and walnuts i find are also a good cost effective snack to boost that protein intake. These nuts are high in protein and fill you up in between meals which stops you snacking on unhealthy or not so nutritional food.
Lastly, my other go to is eggs. I usually use the whole egg when cooking, but depending if i am dieting, i may just use the egg white. Eggs contain 6 grams of protein per egg and are an excellent healthy way to fill yourself up and taste great. My signature style of egg is definitely scrambled. Eggs usually cost anywhere from $3-6 a dozen.
I hope you enjoyed and took something out of this quick insight into my ways of getting cheap affordable protein into your diet. I would love to hear ways in which any of you get your protein or secret tips you may have.
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