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Cheap source of Paleo friendly calories?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 08, 2013 at 1:26 PM

After discovering I am not eating enough for my muscle growth goals, I am trying to increase my calorie intake on workout days.

I currently eat loads of meat, some white and sweet potatoes, whole milk, lots of veg, some fruit and lots of eggs

Are there any additions that are compatible with a Paleo diet which will give me a calorie boost but dont cost much to buy?

I dont have any intolerances.

Thanks

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on May 10, 2013
at 12:00 AM

you can ferment brown rice and reduce 96% of phytate. look for instructions on stephen guyenet's blog

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on May 09, 2013
at 09:47 PM

That's...what I...said...

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:29 PM

that's brilliant - going to try it!

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:02 PM

nuts are one of the most expensive foods you can buy

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:01 PM

White rice may not be a 'nutrient dense' food but it is a clean calorie dense food and extremely cheap. In fact, it probably is the cheapest carbohydrate food you can get. Get your nutrients from something else.

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:30 PM

the bran has all the fiber, iron, zinc, and copper. The anti-nutrients will not prevent your body from absorbing these.

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on May 09, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Brown rice is definitely preferable if you have no other source of B vitamins in your diet -- getting a bit of lectins is nothing compared to avoiding rickets and pellagra. If you're eating meat then you're probably fine on the B vitamin front, and if you're eating plenty of vegetables then you don't need the fiber in brown rice either.

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on May 08, 2013
at 07:49 PM

I wouldn't dismiss all the science behind phytates and lectins as "paleo dogma". Sure there may be some exaggeration in the paleosphere with regard to them, but the way I see it, rice is not a nutrient dense food, it is however a relatively harmless substitute for other grains, especially for someone trying to get cheap calories. It should be eaten to minimise harm, not maximise nutrients.

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on May 08, 2013
at 04:59 PM

Do you eat organ meats? They are typically cheaper.

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on May 08, 2013
at 04:00 PM

Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice, but paleo dogma states than lectins and phytates are so terrible in brown rice that we should eat a more processed food. I'm not sure I agree with that. I do prefer white rice, so I eat it, but if you happened to like brown rice, I see no reason not to eat that.

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on May 08, 2013
at 01:51 PM

Despite conventional wisdom yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. The bran and germ are where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body.

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on May 08, 2013
at 01:50 PM

Despite conventional wisdom, yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. This is where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body. Despite conventional wisdom yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. The bran and germ are where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body.

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on May 08, 2013
at 01:49 PM

Despite conventional wisdom yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. The bran and germ are where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body.

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on May 08, 2013
at 01:38 PM

Is white rice preferred to brown rice? It goes against everything I have ever herd!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Animal fats. I buy 500g of beef dripping for 69p in the UK which is cheaper than pretty much any alternative (much cheaper than coconut oil that many people recommend), and the 500g contains 4500 calories. I've read that some people get animal dripping for free from some butchers. Using loads of beef dripping in cooking is a cheap way I add calories to my food (I usually have about 100g a day adding 900 calories).

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on May 08, 2013
at 01:36 PM

More tubers. And maybe some white rice.

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(140)

on May 08, 2013
at 01:38 PM

Is white rice preferred to brown rice? It goes against everything I have ever herd!

Ede98d8569d42885d70e07c92d3df34e

(623)

on May 08, 2013
at 01:50 PM

Despite conventional wisdom, yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. This is where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body. Despite conventional wisdom yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. The bran and germ are where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body.

Ede98d8569d42885d70e07c92d3df34e

(623)

on May 08, 2013
at 01:51 PM

Despite conventional wisdom yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. The bran and germ are where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body.

Ede98d8569d42885d70e07c92d3df34e

(623)

on May 08, 2013
at 07:49 PM

I wouldn't dismiss all the science behind phytates and lectins as "paleo dogma". Sure there may be some exaggeration in the paleosphere with regard to them, but the way I see it, rice is not a nutrient dense food, it is however a relatively harmless substitute for other grains, especially for someone trying to get cheap calories. It should be eaten to minimise harm, not maximise nutrients.

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(41757)

on May 08, 2013
at 04:00 PM

Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice, but paleo dogma states than lectins and phytates are so terrible in brown rice that we should eat a more processed food. I'm not sure I agree with that. I do prefer white rice, so I eat it, but if you happened to like brown rice, I see no reason not to eat that.

Ede98d8569d42885d70e07c92d3df34e

(623)

on May 08, 2013
at 01:49 PM

Despite conventional wisdom yes. White rice is just brown rice without the bran and germ. The bran and germ are where all the lectins are, which cause inflammation. Although brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, these are mostly bound in phytic acid and not absorbed by the body.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 09, 2013
at 01:30 PM

the bran has all the fiber, iron, zinc, and copper. The anti-nutrients will not prevent your body from absorbing these.

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(1021)

on May 10, 2013
at 12:00 AM

you can ferment brown rice and reduce 96% of phytate. look for instructions on stephen guyenet's blog

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 09, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Brown rice is definitely preferable if you have no other source of B vitamins in your diet -- getting a bit of lectins is nothing compared to avoiding rickets and pellagra. If you're eating meat then you're probably fine on the B vitamin front, and if you're eating plenty of vegetables then you don't need the fiber in brown rice either.

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:01 PM

White rice may not be a 'nutrient dense' food but it is a clean calorie dense food and extremely cheap. In fact, it probably is the cheapest carbohydrate food you can get. Get your nutrients from something else.

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on May 11, 2013
at 04:01 AM

Canned tuna, yogurt, bananas. Or you could just cook with more oil, eat more avocados, nuts etc.

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on May 09, 2013
at 10:22 PM

Bone marrow, but it must be grassfed. The best, and cheapest, would be from a wild animal like a deer. Most hunters and butcher throw it away

Apart from that -oxtail -pork belly - coconut milk, fresh coconut - sardines - squid

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:58 PM

I save $$$ on beef by buying chuck shoulder and other lesser cuts. Grocers discount them like crazy where I live so I'll buy a bunch of them and freeze all but one when I get home.

I put the whole thing in a bowl and cover the meat in cold water and a whole lot of kosher salt, pepper corns, chilis and just keep it the refrigerator. A cup of salt is not too much.

After a day it becomes very soft and I slice off as much as I care to have--nice and thin--and cook it in butter or lard with onion, garlic, mushrooms, or anything else I have and it comes out pretty soft even if I cook it rare.

And, no, it doesn't go bad even if it sits in the water for a week. Just keep it cold.

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:29 PM

that's brilliant - going to try it!

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on May 08, 2013
at 06:17 PM

Load up on the grass-fed butter and almond butter! At my Trader Joes Kerry Gold is 2.99, and almond butter is 6.99, but it lasts for awhile.

Also, coconut oil is great!

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on May 08, 2013
at 04:36 PM

coconut is relatively cheap. a whole one is about $3 and has a billion calories. coconut oil, on a per-calorie basis, is also pretty cheap.

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on May 08, 2013
at 02:22 PM

Potato salad where the mayo is made with olive oil is definitely a source of cheap tasty calories. Not a lot of protein though.

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on May 08, 2013
at 02:02 PM

Eggs and dairy would be the most useful muscle builders money-wise I guess. Whey protein can be helpful if you buy a good quality brand but also decently priced.

I have a full bag of 10 lbs of Optimum Nutrition Gold Whey that prices pretty low serving-wise. I used to devour it when a vegetarian but now that I eat animals again, it lasts me ages!! A simple 40 gr serving will give you near 30gr of protein which can enhance a lot your daily intake.

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on May 08, 2013
at 01:38 PM

I'd say nuts, but those can add up money-wise rather quickly. If you're just looking for calories you can start being much more liberal with your cooking fats and oils. More butter on the potato, sauteeing the veggies in coconut oil, frying the eggs in lard instead of hard boiling them, etc.

Or...hell...start throwing back a tbsp when you need to fill the caloric gap if you can (some people can do this, some people gag at the idea).

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on May 09, 2013
at 07:02 PM

nuts are one of the most expensive foods you can buy

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on May 09, 2013
at 09:47 PM

That's...what I...said...

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on May 08, 2013
at 01:37 PM

Nuts and nut butter. They pack calories and a nice variety of vitamins and minerals. Coconut, shredded, flakes, butter, ect. Pork Rinds, mostly monounsaturated fat. You can also simply add more fats to your meal, use more butter or oils for dressings or whatever. Cheese if you do dairy. Extra Dark Chocolate if you're looking for more of a "treat". Starches.. bananas, squash, more potatoes.

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