I love nuts and cheese, but I will admit that they are not cheap. We do buy almonds and walnuts though because they are a good source of omega 3s. Feta is a more expensive cheese that I actually find economical because for me a little goes a long way.
Lentils are a great source of protein and they are cheap. There are a number of good lentil recipes here on SP.
We keep our eyes open for sales. It really pays to know the stores in your area. My husband knows which stores are apt to have the best buys in our area.
Fish can be expensive, but certain types of fish are more expensive than others. I have found canned mackerel to be a lot cheaper than tuna. It tastes more fishy, but I don't mind.
We find frozen salmon on sale quite often and it is cheaper than the canned.
Welcome to the team! I hope you find all the support you need. I wish you much success in your goals. My personal recommendations for more protein are:
Eggs, eggs, eggs! Very versatile and filling, and useful for all meals.
I find beef to be very satisfying, and I feel more satisfied when mixed with beans. I don't use alot, but a good tender piece that will fall apart in the soup. This goes for chicken too.
Chicken, fish, salmon, tuna, nuts, cheese, Canadian bacon, peanut butter, and turkey are good choices too. I love the JennieO, 93/7 frozen turkey burgers. 1/3 lb and 30 g protein, 5g fat. I'm grilling some now, and a couple for leftovers. Very filling.
I hope this helps, best wishes to you!
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I'm Annie, a 28-year-old woman looking to lose 50+ lbs. Yeesh!
I just joined SparkPeople today and so far I really love what it has to offer -- including this group!
My first question: I'm lucky enough to not be working right now (by choice), but that means I'm living on a tight, tight budget. What do you all suggest for cheap ways of getting lots of protein? Unfortunately I'm not currently living somewhere where I have easy access to tofu and protein powder (or it's expensive). I'm not a huge pork fan, but other than that I eat meat, though I find it to be more expensive. I am adding beans to soup, but it doesn't seem to be doing the trick. Maybe I just don't have the right recipes to pack in the protein. Any suggestions?
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