Gone are the days where protein was something only bodybuilders seemed to need. We now know how important protein is not just for muscle gain, but for general health.
But protein-rich foods tend to be pricey, and the extra cost adds up. Today, we’ll take a look at three cheap and highly-versatile foods that are high in protein.
1. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is a dairy product that offers a lot of protein per serving and is usually very low in calories.
Because it comes in a variety of fat percentages, cottage cheese can be used in many different recipes, dishes, or as a stand-alone snack.
Half a cup of full fat cottage cheese has over 11 grams of protein for as little as 100 calories.
Eggs are deemed the healthiest food on the planet by many. Research suggests that regular egg consumption can help prevent numerous diseases including potential heart issues down the line.
As far as protein goes, a regular-sized egg has roughly 6 grams of protein. But here’s the kicker:
The protein quality of eggs is the highest of all food sources - more than beef, chicken, fish, and many other popular choices.
Lentils can easily be overlooked as an excellent protein source, but they are incredibly cheap, low on calories, and jam-packed with the precious macronutrient.
Lentils come up to about $1.40-1.60 for a pound in most supermarkets and can be used in a variety of dishes including stews, curries, salads, and pies.
Half a cup of cooked lentils has a whopping 9 grams of protein and only 160 calories.