Ever look at prices these days on boneless chicken breast or a piece of beef tenderloin? Not cheap by any means. So what are alternatives if your on a tight budget?
#1 Canned Sardines – available in any grocery store. Usually anywhere from 1-3 dollars, and are jammed packed with protein and omega-3’s, and a good source of vitamin D
#2 Bone in Pork Chops – depending on where you live, usually about $5 per lb. The leanest choice is select pork rib chops instead of pork blade chops which has much more fat. A 6 oz serving will give you 30 grams of protein.
#3 Mussels – Mussels are a surprising source of cheap protein with the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids present in more costly salmon. Costs are anywhere from 2-5$ per pound depending on how far you are from the ocean. One pound yields a nice plateful. Mussels cook very quickly as well, steam them in a large pot, with onions or leeks with a little beer or wine, and or chopped tomatoes for about 5 minutes.
#4 Eggs – at rough .25 cents a piece, you have an beatable source of protein at super low costs. In fact, the quality of protein in eggs is so high, that it is often used as the standard for evaluating the protein quality in other foods. Eggs are not just good for breakfast, they are good anytime.
#5 Whole chicken – Boneless breasts can cost anywhere from $6 dollars a pound and more! A whole bird will only cost you about $2 a pound. A nice size chicken can last you several meals, and can bee the backbone of any meal.