So your boss is on an ego trip one day and decides to sack your lazy ass.
The first thing on your mind isn’t your mortgage, or your woman giving you a severe wrap across the mouth. It’s, “What are cheapest sources of protein I can get my hands on?” (if the preceding statements actually described you, you need your head examined 😉 )
So I thought I’d put together a list for anyone looking cheap sources of protein.
I came up with 13 from my own experience. If you know of any more, leave a comment below.
13 Cheap Protein Sources
(1) Tuna . You can get Tesco Tuna Flakes for 48p (185g tin). There’s about 35g of protein in there.
(2) Whey. The cheapest source in Europe once again is MyProtein. You can get a massive 5kg/11lb bag for £39.99. A scoop is 25g so that’s 20p per scoop, which gives about 20g of protein. 1p per gram You gotta admit that’s pretty amazing. (my recommendation for US readers here)
(3) Eggs. 6g or 7g per egg, if you eat them whole. And you SHOULD eat them whole! See here for the benefits of whole eggs.
(4) Chicken. Specifically, frozen fillets from Tesco. It’s the cheapest way to get your chicken I’ve found. £3.99 for a 1kg bag of fillets. Always bear in mind that all meat usually delivers about 20-25% protein per weight. So 100g cooked will give about 25g of protein.
(5) Low-fat Natural Greek Yogurt. Now before you flip out because I selected the low-fat version, I did so because there is actually a higher protein content. 89p for a 170g pot, which will give you about 15g of protein. Add some whey and berries and you’re all set. Since it’s both low in carbs and fat, it’ll work with any diet. You can also use this to make my totally frickin awesome Blueberry Protein Pancakes!
(6) Tins of Stewed Steak (tesco). A half a tin of this is all you need in one serving. It’ll deliver about 35g protein. A full tin is about £2, so you’re talking about £1 per serving. Plus it’s tasty as hell! It’s about 5% carbs and 3% fat, so it’ll go well on most diets too.
(7) Tins of Chicken in White Sauce. I found this recently while doing my shopping. £1.28 per tin and you’d only take half a tin per serving, which gives 25g protein. It’s low in carbs (1%) and about 8% fat. A good choice for the MANS diet.
(8) Corned Beef. I love corned beef. A big-ass 340g tin of Princes Corned Beef is only £2.99 and you only need 100g at a time for 25g protein. (There’s a lean version if you prefer).
(9) Pigs Liver. 35p in Tesco!
(10) Sardines. 49p for a tin of sardines, giving 20g protein. A very portable choice if you’re on the go.
(11) Cheese. Should fairly self-explanatory. Cheap, low-carb, high-fat or low-fat, tastes great, goes well with most things.
(12) Nuts and nut butters. Go natural with nut butters. I recently posted on the facebook page that I bought a large tub of natural peanut butter from Myprotein. It’s £4.49 for a 1kg tub. Also try almond nut butter.
(13) Quinoa. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s good as a side. So if you want a good, low GL side to go with your meat, try quinoa. It’s about 14% protein and should be a staple on the GLAD diet.
What cheap protein sources do you use? Share them with the rest of us by leaving your suggestions below.
If you’re from a different part of the world, I definitely want to hear from you. And other readers in your neck of the woods want to hear your tips too!