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    most anabolic food BANG for your $ buck

    so on my current bulk I'm trying to eat on a budget . sure life was great back in the day when I had a fairly high disposable income and meals consisted of salmon, shrimp, ribeye steak, tuna steaks, etc. but sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you need to make do and adjust.

    heres what I came across at a recent grocery haul on a strict budget

    so I'm in the meat section looking for some cheap steaks (no such thing). when out of the corner of my eye i see this ginormous chunk of meat . I'm looking at little 12oz steaks for like $7.. but to the left of me is a 10 pound hunk of ham for $11 . yes I said 10 POUNDS. so screw $7 for one steak, I'm buying the 10 pounds of meat for $11. and it was lean.

    so I take this giant hunk of meat and chop it all up into small pieces and throw it into the crock pot. now I've got lean meat ready to go for days and days (and again for $11 .. thats like 2$ a day is all)


    now onto the carbs

    on sale, Kraft Mac n Cheese.. 80 cents per box. yes thats right .80 CENTS . hell I didn't even know you could buy something for "cents" anymore.

    so what do you get for .80 cents . well shit looking at the macros its an entire meal.

    750 cals
    150g carbs
    27g protein
    9g fat

    ^ look at the macro breakdown. thats F'n perfect for bulking. super calorie dense,, and 80 CENTS !!

    it was a successful trip

    give me your ideas and experiences for bulking on a budget
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    Quote Originally Posted by GearHeaded View Post
    so on my current bulk I'm trying to eat on a budget . sure life was great back in the day when I had a fairly high disposable income and meals consisted of salmon, shrimp, ribeye steak, tuna steaks, etc. but sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you need to make do and adjust.

    heres what I came across at a recent grocery haul on a strict budget

    so I'm in the meat section looking for some cheap steaks (no such thing). when out of the corner of my eye i see this ginormous chunk of meat . I'm looking at little 12oz steaks for like $7.. but to the left of me is a 10 pound hunk of ham for $11 . yes I said 10 POUNDS. so screw $7 for one steak, I'm buying the 10 pounds of meat for $11. and it was lean.

    so I take this giant hunk of meat and chop it all up into small pieces and throw it into the crock pot. now I've got lean meat ready to go for days and days (and again for $11 .. thats like 2$ a day is all)


    now onto the carbs

    on sale, Kraft Mac n Cheese.. 80 cents per box. yes thats right .80 CENTS . hell I didn't even know you could buy something for "cents" anymore.

    so what do you get for .80 cents . well shit looking at the macros its an entire meal.

    750 cals
    150g carbs
    27g protein
    9g fat

    ^ look at the macro breakdown. thats F'n perfect for bulking. super calorie dense,, and 80 CENTS !!

    it was a successful trip

    give me your ideas and experiences for bulking on a budget
    Us poor people buy tuna fish when on sale for $.50 a can and ramen noodles @6 for $1.00. LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    Us poor people buy tuna fish when on sale for $.50 a can and ramen noodles @6 for $1.00. LOL
    I've always heard that about can tuna being cheap protein. I've been buying 100s of cans of canned tuna from Costco for years (got 4 kids who also like to eat canned tuna). but when you actually do the math, even buying bulk, and see how much 'weight' or oz is in a can, canned tuna ranges from 3-5$ per pound. thats actually pretty pricey. you can occasionally find steaks on sale for that price per pound.

    then if you buy actually raw tuna steaks, they are about 12$ per pound . thats as expensive as shrimp or lobster, and more expensive then quality steak/beef.


    just not sure Tuna is really an affordable meat despite the general belief that it is. maybe I'm not finding the right deals on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by GearHeaded View Post
    I've always heard that about can tuna being cheap protein. I've been buying 100s of cans of canned tuna from Costco for years (got 4 kids who also like to eat canned tuna). but when you actually do the math, even buying bulk, and see how much 'weight' or oz is in a can, canned tuna ranges from 3-5$ per pound. thats actually pretty pricey. you can occasionally find steaks on sale for that price per pound.

    then if you buy actually raw tuna steaks, they are about 12$ per pound . thats as expensive as shrimp or lobster, and more expensive then quality steak/beef.


    just not sure Tuna is really an affordable meat despite the general belief that it is. maybe I'm not finding the right deals on it
    Once you drain tuna, you don't have 4 1oz servings you have 2 1 oz servings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchlockd View Post
    Once you drain tuna, you don't have 4 1oz servings you have 2 1 oz servings.
    Ramen noodles, Quaker Oats, and peanut butter
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_SLAM_cougars View Post
    Ramen noodles, Quaker Oats, and peanut butter
    You making a break, dawg?

    Ramun, cheese spread, tuna, crushed up Cheetos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_SLAM_cougars View Post
    Ramen noodles, Quaker Oats, and peanut butter
    Please donít mention the PB word. GH has prohibited me from using it. He is a big meanie throwing around his power. LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    Please don’t mention the PB word. GH has prohibited me from using it. He is a big meanie throwing around his power. LOL


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    I made some pb today in a coffee grinder.

    Just dumped in nuts (blend of honey roasted cashews, almonds and Chipotle peanuts) grind, mix around, grind mix till pb consistency

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    tuna is pretty gross honestly throw in the extra few pennies for sardines I say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchlockd View Post
    You making a break, dawg?

    Ramun, cheese spread, tuna, crushed up Cheetos.
    We called that a ďspreadĒ in jail
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    Top ramen-2 packages is 800 cal, 104 carb, 16 protein, and 28 fat. And that’s only .30 for that meal!

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    If you get pork shoulder on sale from sprouts or king soopers(Kroger) for .99/lb you can’t beat that!

    Whenever that goes on sale like that I buy at least 20lbs. Throw a few pounds in the crock pot cook overnight then fry that shit up in a pan with a little oil till slightly crispy! Love my carnitas! (Of course Wife makes it so much better but I’m getting pretty good)

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    Sounds delicious. What kind of ham was it? I can never find ham where the amount of fat isn't in the double digits per serving

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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    Please don’t mention the PB word. GH has prohibited me from using it. He is a big meanie throwing around his power. LOL


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    Can’t do it. I eat it out of the jar with a spoon. It’s probably the only food weakness I have.
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    Best food to eat ? Vagina.

    - Negative calories (burn more than consumed)
    - Promotes blood flow
    - Increases heart rate
    - Increases mind to tongue muscle connection
    - Seratonin and dopamine levels increased
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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    Please donít mention the PB word. GH has prohibited me from using it. He is a big meanie throwing around his power. LOL


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    Why not? I thought peanut butter was good for you, just calorie dense? (Aside from the ones with added sugars)
    I like to make my own:
    Peanuts
    A little peanut oil
    A little honey
    Blend in food processor to desired thickness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windex View Post
    Best food to eat ? Vagina.

    - Negative calories (burn more than consumed)
    - Promotes blood flow
    - Increases heart rate
    - Increases mind to tongue muscle connection
    - Seratonin and dopamine levels increased
    Very good point, I just donít know how much mass it promotes. lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    Please don’t mention the PB word. GH has prohibited me from using it. He is a big meanie throwing around his power. LOL


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    Such a prick at times.


    But when it comes to ham. Love it. Great hot or cold, doesn't matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoldMyBeer View Post
    Why not? I thought peanut butter was good for you, just calorie dense? (Aside from the ones with added sugars)
    I like to make my own:
    Peanuts
    A little peanut oil
    A little honey
    Blend in food processor to desired thickness

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    Thatís because GH is a bully!!! LOL
    I am trying to come in to the next comp 5 lbs heavier and leaner than the last comp. PB has a lot of fat. Of which is necessary, but I can get the fat from cleaner sources.


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    to come in to the next contest a bit fuller and bigger we need to diet on higher carbs (also to promote blood volume based training where the key is to get massive pumps, its hard to get good pumps when carbs are low).. so in order to still achieve a calorie deficit, but with carbs high, we need to cut fat out as much as possible (fat is over twice as many cals per gram as carbs or protein) . SO.. the Peanut butter has to go. so sorry you'll think me later though

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    Protein sources : chicken , eggs , beef liver (all of em
    Really cheap )

    Carbs : rice , oats , spaghetti , apples , bananas

    Fats: well mostly, extra virgin olive oil ( I live in Greece and every house literally extracts itís own) , sesame butter cuz itís cheap .

    I am a student so eating on a budget is an everyday thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by GearHeaded View Post
    so on my current bulk I'm trying to eat on a budget . sure life was great back in the day when I had a fairly high disposable income and meals consisted of salmon, shrimp, ribeye steak, tuna steaks, etc. but sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you need to make do and adjust.

    heres what I came across at a recent grocery haul on a strict budget

    so I'm in the meat section looking for some cheap steaks (no such thing). when out of the corner of my eye i see this ginormous chunk of meat . I'm looking at little 12oz steaks for like $7.. but to the left of me is a 10 pound hunk of ham for $11 . yes I said 10 POUNDS. so screw $7 for one steak, I'm buying the 10 pounds of meat for $11. and it was lean.

    so I take this giant hunk of meat and chop it all up into small pieces and throw it into the crock pot. now I've got lean meat ready to go for days and days (and again for $11 .. thats like 2$ a day is all)


    now onto the carbs

    on sale, Kraft Mac n Cheese.. 80 cents per box. yes thats right .80 CENTS . hell I didn't even know you could buy something for "cents" anymore.

    so what do you get for .80 cents . well shit looking at the macros its an entire meal.

    750 cals
    150g carbs
    27g protein
    9g fat

    ^ look at the macro breakdown. thats F'n perfect for bulking. super calorie dense,, and 80 CENTS !!

    it was a successful trip

    give me your ideas and experiences for bulking on a budget
    Was it whole pure meat, or cured processed? What is it exactly?

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    I'm guessing it was a green/uncured shoulder/ham.
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    White Jasmine Rice, canned veggies and pork steak is cheap here and makes WONDERS for me.
    Actually, White Rice is something my body responds very well too.
    Don't forget the fat and "macro nutrients" as I had disc about in my old thread, great for hormones.

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