Eggs can often be found on sale or if you have some farms nearby they are often at a great price.
Quinoa is a good cheap source of protein if you permit it in your diet.
Going to the store in an evening close to closing is a good way to catch meat products that are marked down in price, I often pick up good steaks doing this.
Tinned sardines are another cheap healthy protein source.
And obviously milk !
Anyways, in your case your food intake just looks rather low. I like the emphasis on fruit. But you've got to throw in some more protein in there. You don't need a lot, but you definitely need more than what you're eating now.
I can give an example of some of the meals I eat here.
1. eggs, a small amount of meat, 1 cup rice
2. eggs, crocadile with butter, vegetables, 1 cup rice
3. a few pieces of fruit (or ice cream as my 20 out of 80/20)
The rice saves a lot of money. That's one thing poor people have no trouble affording. It also has "some" protein. Then you add in some eggs, then a small-medium amount of meat. It all adds up to get enough protein.
I really don't think you should have any trouble eating on a budget. When I was in college, I ate less than 20 grams of carbs per day for several months and it was A LOT of 75% beef. Yuk!!! USA beef is nasty and just the thought of it makes me want to puke!!!
Anyways, I'm just saying, throw in a little bit more meat and fat. Eggs are cheap and help add to the protein. And starchy carbs are usually cheaper than fruit. So for example, you could go half starch half fruit if you want a good healthy mix.
Anyways, I'm just saying. You don't need a crazy amount of food. Don't go overboard. But you definitely need to up the protein and you can while on a budget.
The crockpot is a great idea. If money is an issue, loosen up on the diet. Eat some rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, other nut butters. Learn to forage some local wild edibles. Shoot some rabbits, deer if you dare. Buying certain foods in bulk can help. Go fishing, get some crawdad traps.
uuuuuhh... swap the grains and dessert for more vegetables bro. Little low on protein too...?? Never trust site calcuators. If I did, I would think I am underweight despite eating as much as I can.My concern is that maybe I'm eating too many fruits and vegetables at the cost of other things and not getting enough calories. According to a sites calculator
Do this too! Buy a rod! Is there anywhere you can go for a fish?Go fishing
cottage cheese is generally pretty cheap, not to mention extremely convenient to eat or add to meals in any amount based on how hungry you still are. High protein content with slow releasing protein (casein.) Many people hoping to build muscle make sure to have some before bed so that the amino acids are released slowly into the bloodstream throughout the night so they're immediately available to build fresh muscle.
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Early before volume day: Protein powder shake
Breakfast: 3 eggs + 3-6 oz of meat or fish or see lunch below
Lunch: 2 cups of cubed up meat and a big sweet potato, chocolate
Dinner: 1/3-3/4lb of meat, veggies, half a large potato, maybe more chocolate.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 170 x 3. Current Deadlift: 220 x 3
You can eat very cheap with high protein if you are willing to slow cook. My favorite trick for when I'm low on money is to buy some tough pork joint, throw in some vegetables, and boil the living hell out of that thing. Make sure to buy a piece with bone and skin, because those are not only cheaper but will add more nutrients. Once you're finished, remove bone and skin, and you have a soup of veggies, meat so tender you can eat it with a spoon and, best of all, it's all simmering in a broth so rich it turns to jelly when you put it in the fridge. I make that stuff to last me for a week at the time sometimes, just put some of that jelly stuff in a cup and into the micro and you're hey ho.