Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Four Cheap Protein Foods!

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.

1. Eggs are a great source of protein at about 6 grams per egg and are quite inexpensive. Bought on sale in my part of the country, you can get a carton of eggs for as little as .99. That makes each egg .08. Or, if we double the price, .16 per egg. If you ate one egg with one piece of bread in the morning for breakfast, assuming you bought the bread on sale at .99 a loaf making your bread about .04 a slice (or if we think higher at $2.49 a loaf, .10 a slice) you could have breakfast for .12 a day (or thinking at the higher prices .26/day.) You can't beat that cost! Plus you have a great protein start to your morning! And eggs can be made in so many ways. Compare this with coffee and a donut at a convenience store and your wallet and your health will both thank you!

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.

 3. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and again, can be eaten many ways such as in a sandwich, on crackers, or with celery or apples. You can also make cookies with peanut butter. This peanut butter has 7 grams of protein per serving.

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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  1. I have no idea what the cost is for me to have fresh eggs from my chickens, but I really don't want to know... but I am thankful for the awesome nutrition that eggs provide, and we are bean-lovers here in this house, as well as tuna and peanut butter. Meat definitely is the most expensive part of a meal, and saving $ with these types of protein a few times a week will certainly help out a lot! Great post :)

    1. Thank you, SUI! Fresh eggs are more expensive but are also healthier and taste better and make for happier chickens too!

  2. What a great breakdown of the protein nutrition and price. Thank you for sharing this helpful information on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! We are happy to have you join us :)

    1. Thank you JES! I am new to sharing blogs in this way. Thank you for allowing me to join!

    2. Thank you JES! I am new to sharing blogs in this way. Thank you for allowing me to join!