3 Cheap Bodybuilding Recipes On A Budget

Bodybulding On A Budget

When it comes to bodybuilding, you sometimes need some budget foods in your roster.

In the fitness/bodybuilding industry it is generally believed that you have to eat big to get big, an easy thing to say but difficult if you are on a budget.

You can still do very well with high-protein, healthy meals on a budget, all three of these delicious recipes cost less than $20.

All three recipes run the price of two chipotle burritos, are healthier and will certainly feed you better than any burrito could.

1) Sriracha Tuna Chilli

Ingredients cost a total of $9.50 making the cost per serving size (feeds 6) $1.58

On a tight budget canned tuna is your new friend. Pound for pound, this muscle-building lean protein source gives you excellent bang for your buck. You don’t have to stick with those really boring tuna salad sandwiches either, take a look at this delicious tuna chilli instead with Sriracha chilli sauce, if you don’t like spicy foods you can quite easily lower the heat.

A great thing about this meal is that each serving contains 32g of protein, if you want to add a little extra then you can top it off with some reduced fat or fat-free cheese too.


  • 2 Tbsp of cooking oil
  • 2 14.4 Oz of frozen stir fry vegetables (or you can chop up some red,yellow and green peppers with white onion)
  • 6 Cans of tuna
  • 1 Packet (1.25Oz/35g) chilli seasoning mix (lowest sodium available)
  • 1 Can (16 Oz/454g) reduced sodium dark red kidney beans
  • 1 Can (15Oz/425g) reduced sodium black beans
  • 10 Tbsp (165g) salsa
  • 10 Tsb (50g) Sriracha
  • 1 Can  (28Oz/794g) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tsp minced garlic (4 cloves)


  1. Remove and drain all tuna, black beans and dark red kidney beans.
  2. Get a large stove top pan and get it on the burner on medium heat, add in cooking oil.
  3. Once the pan is hot, stir in the pepper stir fry and all the ingredients whilst occasionally stirring everything around.
  4. Once all of the ingredients in the pan are mixed together leave the chilli to cook for 10 – 15 mins being sure to stir every couple of minutes.
Bodybuilding On A Budget

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(Based on one serving size) makes 6 portions.

380 Calories

6g Fat

49.5g Of carbs

32g Protein

2) Canned Chicken Parmesan Balls

Total ingredients cost $2.75, serves 7 so comes out at $0.39 per portion.

When your money is tight, the next best thing after ‘chicken of the sea’ is actually shredded chicken from a can. This can be transformed into balled-up chicken parmesan, easy and scrumptious!. Even better when topped with some tomato sauce and grated cheese.


  • 2 Cans of chicken
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/2 Cup (56g) reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 8 Tbsp (40g)  grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 Tbsp (64g) wheat germ
  • 1/4 Cup (61g) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp basil
  • 1/2 Tsp oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp parsley
  • 1/2 Tsp crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.
  2. Drain the canned chicken and put all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Mix all ingredients together until everything is incorporated.
  4. Get a baking sheet and coat with non-stick cooking spray, shape the mix into about 7 balls.
  5. Bake for around 20-25 mins.

Nutritional Stuff

Serves 7 (This is for 1 serving of it)

118 Calories

5.8g Fat

4.4g Carbs

15.4g Protein

3) Lemon Pie Overnight Protein Oatmeal

Ingredients cost $1.25 (serves one so $1.25 per portion)

These are a great recipe as they are so easy to make and you can make them in massive batches, for this I will make one serving of this protein infused oatmeal that tastes just like lemon pie.

Make it the night before you want to eat it.


  • 1/2 Cup (4 Oz) unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or whichever milk you choose).
  • 1 Tbsp (7g) coconut flour.
  • 1/2 Cup (40g) rolled oats.
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice.
  • 1 and a half scoops (45g) vanilla protein powder.
  • 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 Banana.
  • 2.65 Oz (75 g) fat-free lemon Greek yoghurt.
  • 1 Serving (8g) Lemon sugar-free, fat-free instant pudding.


  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
  2. Cover bowl with a lid or wrap.
  3. Put in fridge overnight (or 2-3 hours if really hungry).
  4. Enjoy.
Bodybuilding Budget

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Nutritional Info

Serves 1

494 Calories.

6g Fat

59g Carbs

51g protein

As you can see, all these meals cost less than $20 and are very cheap recipes you can use towards bodybuilding on a budget.

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