Protein on a Budget


I received a question recently about how I plan for and buy healthy protein on a budget. First, quality protein is a non-negotiable for me. By that I mean organic or at least, natural.

So here are my five ways to managing the budget without compromising on the quality of the protein you eat:

  • Seasonal – Often means buying local. It’s more abundant – and therefore, generally less expensive – in season and provides variety that is critical to wellness.
  • Bulk – Farmers at my farmer’s market offer bulk discounts … for instance, 10 frozen whole chickens, ½ of a lamb or ¼ of beef. If you have a freezer and are willing to prepare a variety of cuts of meat, this can really save money.
  • Overlooked parts – For instance, turkey legs, lamb neck for stewing, bones, and for the adventurous, liver are often readily available because they are less popular.
  • Value – One of my favorites is eggs, organic and pasture-raised. Wild caught fish in season is another good choice. Also turkey and plant protein sources such as beans and seeds/nuts.
  • Protein powder … and a bonus, Pairings – I often use protein powder for breakfast, exercise recovery or a quick meal replacement when I’m in a hurry. And lastly, simple pairings, such as beans and rice, bacon and eggs, and lamb and lentils, work in synergy with each other and shouldn’t be overlooked.

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