6. Chicken breasts
If you’re afraid of the fat found in beef, stick to the basics. Bodybuilders of all types and eras love chicken breasts because they’re such an exceptional source of cheap protein (especially if you buy in bulk!) without any dangerous amounts of fat. That being said, one 30z serving comes with 27 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat.
In case you didn’t know, the white turkey meat is the leanest animal protein source you could possibly find. And it comes with an affordable price too – on average, a pound of turkey will cost you less than 4 bucks. In one serving of 3.5oz you’ll find 21 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat. And in case you prefer turkey breasts (skinless and boneless, that is), you can score 26 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat per one 3.0oz serving!
8. Sirloin steak
A rather lean cut, the sirloin steak is a great source of protein, niacin and vitamin B, and it’s a lot cheaper than top sirloin steak. Just make sure you trim off all the fat before cooking it, because as we mentioned before, more fat means less protein. One 30z serving comes with 23 grams of protein and 11 grams of fat.
Finally, why not include some plant-based protein in your diet? Soy protein has been found to offer multiple health benefits, and some studies suggest that adding this inexpensive product to your protein shakes could increase the impact of your body’s anabolic response to protein, i.e. enhance the building of muscles. A 30z serving of soybeans contains 33 grams of protein and 18 grams of fat, but you can also get soy protein in the form of a supplement.
10. Protein supplements
If you want to additionally fuel your muscles without spending big bucks on special formulas, whey protein is the way to go. For less than a dollar you can get 20-25 grams of easily digested good quality whey protein, and for the same amount of money you could also buy casein protein – a slowly digested variant that will provide you with a prolonged steady supply of amino acids. It might take some time to find the best brand to suit your needs, but when you do, it will definitely power up your gains.
Whatever your goals are, try to eat as much different types of food as possible – don’t get stuck with your favorite source of protein because diversity will bring you a lot more benefits (don’t forget about fruits and veggies!).
Buy smart, eat clean and regularly hit the gym, and the results will follow.