View Full Version : What's the cheapest, highest calorie food out there?

05-20-2007, 10:38 AM
I've been on a bulk and will be on a bulk for a while and money is an issue. I already make homemade shakes like the ones in the recipe section of the forum. That's a big part of my diet. I'm looking for a good healthy, cheap, high calorie food I can also build my diet around. What would this be?

As high in calories as possible with the cheapest price possible. Does anything like this exist or is it impossible to get the best of both worlds? :whiner:

05-20-2007, 11:00 AM
peanut butter

05-20-2007, 11:12 AM
I wouldn't try to build it around one food.

I just took a look at some of your other posts, and what I don't see is you paying attention to protein or really anything but total calories. Take the time to read the Best of Diet and Nutrition (http://wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=65848) threads; the first three explain how to design a bulking diet. Once you understand the principles, you can design yourself a solid eating plan, and find inexpensive food choices.

If all you care about is calories, buy white sugar and soybean oil. Cheapest calories around.

05-20-2007, 11:31 AM
peanut butter


My all-time favorite bulking food.

05-20-2007, 11:34 AM
I think 2 PB & J's by themselves will get you about 700 cal's.....eat 2 tbsp olive oil afterwards and you're very close to 1000 cal's. Add 12 oz. milk, and a protein shake and you're getting a pretty hefty dose of cal's/protein. Quick and pretty cheap.

05-20-2007, 05:53 PM
Natty PB is a good choice.

Check out the amazing protein bar (http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=63562). Made from whey, pb, oats and honey. All pretty cheap and they are as high calorie as you want to make them.

05-21-2007, 08:39 AM
Oats or rice would probably be the cheapest. You can get 6lbs of oats at Costco for $6 or 50lbs or rice for a few bucks.

05-21-2007, 09:17 AM
^^ Rice is a good one.

I like peanuts and sunflower seeds. A cheap trail mix is good too.

05-21-2007, 10:42 AM
You guys are slipping. Cheap and high calorie = vegetable oil.

05-21-2007, 11:00 AM
He said healthy, I don't know if I would want to be doing tons of cals from veggie oil.

Olive oil maybe. You can get a gallon for $10 or so at costco I believe. That is a lot of calories.

05-21-2007, 11:43 AM
Yeah, I thought about the "healthy" part after I posted, so maybe the olive oil, peanut oil, or something would be better, but oils are definitely the highest calorie for the money.

05-21-2007, 03:49 PM
I found lentils to be very cheap and packed with carbs and protien.

One cup of lentils=230 cals.

If you can stand the taste.

Mr. D
05-21-2007, 03:56 PM
I found lentils to be very cheap and packed with carbs and protien.

One cup of lentils=230 cals.

If you can stand the taste.

most legumes are cheap and can be cooked very easily and very versatile.
Rice is cheap and packed with cals.

05-21-2007, 03:57 PM
Banquet meals have 450+ cals, try some of those.

06-12-2007, 02:43 PM
is it really helpful to eat tablespoon's of oil?

How does it taste?

06-12-2007, 03:42 PM
I make big batches of chili with lean ground beef and turkey, red kidney beans, soy beans, and a bunch of low cal fibrous veggies. You could do it with just the meat and beans, and it doesn't get much cheaper and well-rounded than that!

06-13-2007, 06:32 AM
is it really helpful to eat tablespoon's of oil?

How does it taste?

Tastes like oil. Lots of it will loosen up the bowels. Helpful or healthy? Not really, but if it's a healthy oil, and not overdone, it's ok. The OP was for cheap calories, and fats are cheap high calories. Dumped into shakes, sauces or whatever, it really won't be noticed much (unless it's a strong tasting oil like olive oil), but the calories will add up fast.

06-13-2007, 07:10 AM
Hostess cupcakes.

06-13-2007, 07:15 AM
Tub of lard ? Figure 9 cals per gram..... Hmm. Medical problems from a tub, yum.

06-13-2007, 07:36 AM
Tub of lard ? Figure 9 cals per gram..... Hmm. Medical problems from a tub, yum.

ewwwwwww,that was painful to read.

06-13-2007, 07:47 AM
ewwwwwww,that was painful to read.

Put some sugar on it? :D

06-13-2007, 09:13 AM
Put some sugar on it? :D

I don't think so,but thanks.

06-13-2007, 11:48 AM
Micky D's value menu!!!!!

06-13-2007, 02:25 PM
peanut butter and milk xtra virgin olive oil >.< cheap n healthy

06-13-2007, 03:03 PM
Cheapest and highest calorie that's healthy= olive oil :D Cook everything ya got with it, throw it in your shakes and cover your salads with it.

06-13-2007, 04:30 PM
Depending on your state, milk.

I used to drink Lactaid but now I just say, "to hell with the gas", and chug.

06-13-2007, 04:38 PM
Another good one is pasta. Get some pasta, make up some bolognese sauce with bits of veg and tomato and water + lean beef mince ftw!

Oh and you can also throw in some cottage cheese to get a bit more protein.

06-13-2007, 07:35 PM
Ok here it goes

EGGS!!!!!!! (cant beleive no one said this)

Pasta (buy in bulk)

Ground meat (The fattier the less expensive. The trick here is after you cook the ground meat for your pasta, run it through a strainer with some water and ALOT of the fat will come off. It will have just as much fat on it as lean meat after you do this. This is the more healthy approach but if you just want your calories, dont bother)


Milk can be cheap if you buy alot of it. Buy whole milk.

Rice, oats...