Meat is one of the most expensive food items on most of our food lists. Here are four cheap sources of protein for when you need protein on a smaller budget.
2. Beans are wonderful and very versatile! You can eat them baked. Out of a can is inexpensive but make your own and the cost is even less! You can add chili beans to many dishes like tacos, burritos, and chili as a meat stretcher. You can make bean soups like bean and bacon soup from a can or on your own. Campbell's Bean with Bacon soup has 7 grams of protein per serving. Beans are very good for you and improve your digestion. If you don't like the flatulence side effect, you can eat them on the weekends or buy Beano and use that (but Beano does cost money) or simply start with a few and increase your intake over time.
4. Tuna can also be made many ways...in sandwiches, with pasta or on crackers. This tuna has 10 grams of protein per serving.
Eating too much meat is not good for you and is hard on the wallet. In cutting back on food costs, cutting out a few meals of meat a week and incorporating these items in your diet will not only be cost effective but good for your health as well.
Happy Eating and Happy Savings!
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