Nutrition for poor manual laborors?
One of the things that's hard for me is balancing my spending on food, and making something high in energy so that I can work hard for 10-18 hour days without becomming way overweight. One of the things I make when time gets tough is a poor man's tortilla... basically find whatever protein you can find in the house, add some rice and put it into a tortilla. For example I've been eating a lot of this lately because I have JUST enough to pay my rent next week, and...that's it until next payday: It's basically rice with eggs, some pancit (filipino noodles), some hot sauce, some hoisin sauce and some sour cream, with a chopped up hotdog in there. It's quite filling and relatively good for you other than the lack of vegetables...better than fast food anyways. I am a baggage handler at the airport and I lift heavy stuff all day, but if I eat one of these in the morning it's a good start. I'm wondering what cheap sources of protein there are other than tuna and eggs, because whenever I go to safeway the meat always seems prohibitively expensive...I splurge on groundbeef when I can afford it, but their chicken seems pretty ridiculous. I'm looking for any recipes that are cheap and easy and would help me with my energy requirements.