Bodybuilding is a sport (passion? obsession?) that can get quite expensive. The sheer amount of food that you need to eat daily can easily put a strain on any ordinary person’s wallet. Not to mention the supplements and the gym membership fees that just keep getting higher and higher.
I know it can get quite expensive for a lot of us to eat enough food to put on muscle, especially if you live your life paycheck to paycheck, or maybe you are a student, either way, here’s a short list of cheap, but healthy sources of nutrition. Stick to this list and you will be able to eat enough calories, without burning a hole through your wallet.
Eggs are by far one of the cheapest and healthiest sources of nutrition. They contain a ton of vitamins and minerals as well as some essential healthy fats and a great amount of protein. Buy your eggs by the dozen and you have an easy and convenient source of protein and healthy fats.
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Frozen Chicken Breast
Frozen chicken breasts are much cheaper than fresh ones because they don’t go bad as quick and can last for a couple weeks in the freezer. Quite often you will also find deals in the supermarket on bulk frozen chicken breasts so always keep an eye out for them. Chicken breasts are one of the cleanest and healthiest sources of protein so don’t be afraid to stock up on them. A day before you need it, let it thaw in the fridge and in the morning, season it to your liking, let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours and then grill or fry it for dinner.
This grain has saved entire generations and cultures from starvation. It is an incredibly cheap source of carbohydrates and an incredibly easy way to add in bulk and calories to any meal. Buy a large bag of rice (white or brown doesn’t matter) and it will last you an incredibly long time. You can add a side of rice to just about any meal, it’ll help fill you up and add a good couple hundred calories to your meal.
Frozen vegetables have just as much nutrition as fresh vegetables but they are much cheaper because, just like the chicken breast, they have a much longer shelf life. They can keep in the freezer for months without going bad and are easy and convenient to use. Buy a couple bags of mixed frozen vegetables and store in your freezer. Add a handful or two to any meal to improve its nutritional quality.
Peas, carrots, green beans, spinach and broccoli are great options, easy to use and fit in with just about any protein.
Oatmeal seems to be every bodybuilder’s favorite source of carbohydrates. It’s easy to see why. Oatmeal is cheap and full of heart healthy fiber and B vitamins. It is a complex carbohydrate which means that it takes a long time to digest, making it a perfect breakfast food. You can also blend it into shakes and smoothies or use it as a crust for your chicken breasts to add more nutrition and texture to them. It is a cheap, versatile and healthy source of carbohydrates and calories.
Let your inner child go wild. Peanut butter is a cheap and an incredible source of healthy fats that will help to keep your hormones in check and your joints healthy. Peanut butter is incredibly dense in calories so you don’t need to consume much to fill in your daily intake. Add a tablespoon or two to your oatmeal to increase its calories, protein and fats.