How to hit protein numbers on a budget

Budget protein


If, like me, you have also discovered that buying meat is so damn expensive, then read on…

As a student, living off a budget, watching fitness youtubers get free protein supplements and meals just makes me die a little inside.

So screw them… at least till I’m either rich or sponsored. All that free protein.

In the meantime, I have found an efficient way of getting in sufficient amount of protein and below is a list of my cheapest and favourites. This is something I have been using everyday for the last year.

#1 MuscleFood’s Protein powder

A 2.5kg chocolate milk flavour packet is £33.75 and lasts about 2-3 months give or take. If that is too much, a 1kg packet is £16.75 and lasts around a month, again give or take.

whey protein

One scoop has around 21 grams of protein.


My favourite flavours are: chocolate milk, strawberries and cream, cookies and cream, cherry bakewell and vanilla ice cream.


#2 Janes Tesco fat free greek yogurt

janes tesco

A 200g pot has nearly 15 grams of protein and is only 50p.


I like to mix it with my protein powder, fruit, muesli and freeze it for an amazing ice-cream for them cutting days.


#3  Tuna chunks


You can get this from anywhere to be honest. Tesco is closest to me so I always go there.

tuna chunks

Nearly 30 grams of protein and only 75p.


#4 eggs


1 egg typically contains around 6 grams of protein and a 15 egg tray is usually around £1.


#5 low fat cheese  


A 30 gram serving has around 94 calories and around 9 grams of protein, slightly more expensive but lasts 1-1.5 weeks depending on how much cheese you eat each day.

low fat chesse

It’s usually between £1.50 – £2.50.


Also grate your own cheese, you get more usage out of a block.


#6 Lidl protein bread rolls

lidl protein roll

27 grams of protein and only 39p, yes 39p. Buy 12 and it’s only £4.68. If you have two, that’s 54 grams of protein a day.


#7 Skimmed milk


Around 7 grams of protein per 200 ml, 35 calories and roughly £1 in most places.

skimmed milk

Mix it with whey protein, pb2, hot chocolate powder, honey and some fruit and it will probably be the best thing you ever drink.


Alright chief, I hope this helps in your quest to get a sufficient amount of protein in as a student because I know how rough it can get.


With that being said you can easily hit your protein numbers if you combine all these ingredients together.


If you do have anything to add to this list, please comment below and I’ll add it in!







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