Clean eating is the key to a perfect body. Contrary to the popular belief, healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to eat healthy and build muscle on a budget. Make sure you choose protein-rich foods, frozen fruits and veggies, seasonal produce, and generic food brands. Buy in bulk to make savings. With careful planning, you can get the protein and calories you need without breaking the wallet.
1. Buy Cheap Proteins
In order to build muscle, you need at least 1.2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. The easiest way to get this amount is to eat high-protein foods and drink protein shakes. If you’re on a tight budget, look for cheap sources of protein such as canned tuna, ground beef, whole eggs, frozen chicken breast, and cottage cheese. Your diet may also include calves liver, mackerel, and milk. These foods are high in protein and have an affordable price. For example, you can have three whole eggs with spinach and cottage cheese, tuna with spinach or bok choy, cottage cheese with flax seeds, or Quark cheese and nuts.
2. Go Generic
Store brand food and generics are just as nutritious as the high-priced items they are duplicating. Buying store brands could save you over 52 percent on most products! Cottage cheese, frozen veggies, eggs, whole rice, dairy products, chicken breast, and red meat taste like brand name foods. Why spend your hard earned money on advertising and packaging when you can buy generic products ?
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