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  • Cheap Foods to Help You Bulk Up

    Bulking up requires calories. It requires you to eat a lot of HEALTHY food in order to keep your muscles building and repairing. Eating tons of food can also get quite expensive and that’s where the problem lies for most beginning bodybuilders. A lot of people start bodybuilding in high school or university, a time where cash is short, that’s why I’ve compiled a list of foods that are high in nutrition and calories.


    Rice - Rice is a staple food in many cultures. It is also easily digestible, high in calories and nutrients and a great accompaniment for pretty much any protein, not to mention super cheap! I prefer Jasmin rice over brown rice as its much easier and quicker to digest which allows you to eat much more. A 100g of uncooked rice contains 350 calories. Make a big batch and store it in the fridge.

    Potatoes - Who doesn’t love potatoes? You can bake them, fry them, roast them. They’re easy, nutritious and high in calories. An average sized potato (around 300grams) contains 280 calories. Pierce 2 potatoes with a fork and stick it in the microwave for 10-15 minutes, top with salt and pepper (and butter, if you like) and enjoy!

    Oats - These are a staple in pretty much every bodybuilder’s diet. Oats are very nutritious, high in fiber, high in calories and incredibly cheap. A 100g of oats contains 370 calories. Make sure to avoid instant flavored oats as they contain a bunch of crappy flavorings and sugar. Make your own oats and flavor with maple syrup, cinnamon, protein powder, cocoa powder, pretty much whatever you feel like. Top with fruits to increase calorie and nutrition content.

    Eggs - Without a doubt, the cheapest and most bioavailable source of protein out there. Eggs contain a ton of vitamins and minerals and about 7 grams of protein and 70 calories per egg. Keep the yolk as it has most of the calories and nutrition in it.

    Chicken Breast - Another relatively cheap source of protein and a staple in most bodybuilding diets, chicken breast can be fried or baked and are incredibly high in protein. Just make sure to season them correctly, otherwise, they will get boring, really really fast. Use lots of herbs and spices and you will be able to enjoy them for years.

    Beans - Beans are incredibly cheap. They are also really high in protein, fiber and a bunch of different minerals and vitamins. They are a staple in many cultures and for very good reason, everyone can afford to eat them. A cup of beans can have anywhere from 15 to 20 grams. Combine them with rice to improve flavor and increase calorie content.

    Fats contain 9 calories per grams (compared to 4 calories/gram for carbs and protein) and therefore, are the easiest way to pack on the calories, although not really the cheapest.

    Peanut Butter - Everyone’s favorite snack food! Peanut butter is cheap and high in calories, healthy fats and protein. Add it to your morning oatmeal or to your protein shake to give yourself a flavorful nutritious boost.

    Butter - No, butter is not bad for you. Its much better than most hydrogenated oils and crap out there. Spend just a little more and get grass-fed butter which is incredibly healthy for you. Butter can easily add flavor, nutrition and calories to any dish. Fry your chicken in butter or just spread it on toast.

    Full Fat Dairy - Dairy foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese are not just a great source of protein but also of healthy fat. Stick to the full-fat versions as the low fat or skim varieties are often higher in sugar which is just not good for you. Fat helps to keep your hormones healthy.

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    1. cheftepesh1's Avatar
      cheftepesh1 -
      Great article
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