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Here’s Where You Can Find Bulk-Cooked Protein

As handy as meal providers are, many don’t have a huge offering of bulk pre-cooked protein available. This means, you either have to prep your own protein at home which can be very time consuming, or head to your local supermarket to find out what they have on offer. So, where exactly can we find a decent amount of bulk-cooked protein without the hassle?
Posted on Jun 05, 2021 By Georgia Marr Georgia Marr

But why would we need bulk protein when we have full meals available to us? Given that we come in all shapes and sizes and have varying health goals, some people require more protein in their diets than others. Bulk protein allows health seekers to build their own macro balanced meals, ensuring their protein intake lines up with their recommended macro intake.

NameMeal rangeSmallest sizeLargest sizeAvg cost
Food 4 Fitness 25 500g 6000g $27.81/kg
My Muscle Chef 7 400g 400g $27.84/kg
Athletes Nutrition 3 200g 1000g $39.45/kg

  • Largest range – Food 4 Fitness
  • Plant based options – My Muscle Chef
  • Cheapest protein per 100g – Food 4 Fitness Garlic Seasoned Chicken Breast
  • Cheapest overall by cost/kg – My Muscle Chef Black Bean & Kidney bean Mix

#1 Food 4 Fitness

A favourite among athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts, Food 4 Fitness allows you to buy up to 6kg of juicy unseasoned chicken breast to more family friendly options like mongolian beef. They have the largest range and even offer a choice of carbs and vegetables you can buy in bulk.

#2 My Muscle Chef

A household name in ready-made meals, My Muscle Chef is the only provider here that offer plant-based protein options in their Protein PLUS range such as Black Bean & Kidney Bean Mix, and Peanut Butter Tofu.

You can find their meals across Australia from stockists such as Coles and Woolworths, however the bulk cooked protein range (Protein PLUS) can only be purchased online.

My Muscle Chef Meals

#3 Athletes Nutrition

From the founder and chef behind Muscle Meals Direct, Athletes Nutrition has stayed true to their name by delivering high quality meals to their athletes like UFC’s Robert Whittaker.

They currently only deliver to Sydney and Wollongong.

Athletes Nutrition Meals

What is bulk cooked protein?

Bulk cooked protein is exactly what it sounds like, protein cooked in bulk such as poultry, lean meats, seafood and more. Why would we need bulk cooked protein? Well, aside from the obvious time saving aspect, bulk cooked protein is great for customising macro intakes.

Not everybody requires the same macros, which means some people may need more carbs, fats or proteins than others dependent on their individual health and weight loss goals. Pre-cooked bulk protein allows health seekers to create their own macro balanced meals.

Why do we need protein?

There is a long list of reasons why protein is essential to include in our diets. While the importance of fats and carbs has been widely debated, protein is necessary for our bodies to thrive in the gym, especially if we’re hoping to achieve those gains!

Strength & Muscle growth

If you’re putting in extra hours of strength training at the gym and you’re not seeing much muscle growth, that could be because you’re not including enough protein in your diet.

Protein encourages strength & muscle growth, which helps to increase muscle mass. By pairing protein with strength training, this will promote the muscle growth you’re looking for, while also helping to maintain muscle mass during weight loss.

Appetite

If you’re anything like me, I often confuse boredom with hunger and spend a lot of my day snacking to satiate my cravings. This can also be because you are not consuming enough protein in your meals. By packing protein into your regular meals, you can supress your ever-growing appetite, therefore minimising unnecessary snacking.

This is due to the ghrelin hormone which is better known as the ‘hunger hormone’. Protein helps to limit the amount of ghrelin released into your body while increasing your levels of peptide YY hormone which leaves you feeling fuller for longer.

Metabolism

A decent amount of protein in your diet can also help to boost your metabolism, which as a result, will assist with weight loss. This happens because your body actually burns calories to digest food and absorbs all of the nutrients the food provides. This is called TEF (Thermic Effect of Food).

Higher protein diets work better than fats and carbs, increasing the overall number of calories your body burns daily. Protein helps to burn significantly more calories than fat and carbs, reaching up to 100 more a day.

Weight loss

Arguably one of the most popular benefits is the weight loss associated with a higher protein intake. While our body’s metabolism increases, our calorie intake decreases. This means that people with more calorie in their diets are likely to burn calories faster, therefor losing weight and keep the weight off.

To help you narrow down a favourite protein provider, we have gone ahead and collated a list of bulk protein meal providers and the meals with the highest protein per 100g.

Highest protein per 100g

ProviderMealMain protein sourceWeight (g)Calories (per 100g)Protein (per 100g)Carbs (per 100g)Fats (per 100g)Cost/kg
Food4FitnessGarlic Seasoned Chicken BreastChicken5001983345$25.90
Food4FitnessSatay Seasoned Chicken BreastChicken60001973336$25.90
Food4FitnessLemon & Pepper Seasoned Chicken BreastChicken5001943335$25.90
Food4FitnessSalt & Pepper Seasoned Chicken BreastChicken5001983305$25.90
Food4FitnessPortuguese Seasoned Chicken BreastChicken5001883235$25.90
Food4FitnessChargrilled SteakBeef5001703205$33.90
Athletes NutritionSIMPLY PROTEIN | Chicken BreastChicken2001653103$34.75
My Muscle ChefPLUS + | PROTEIN Lemon Pepper ChickenChicken4001613014$27.38
Food4FitnessPlain (Unseasoned) Chicken BreastChicken5001602905$25.90
My Muscle ChefPLUS + | PROTEIN Chipotle ChickenChicken40021028310$27.38

Some of of us aren’t necessarily willing to pay a higher price for a decent amount of protein, so we have also gone ahead and collated a list of the cheapest meals per kilo!

Cheapest per kilo

ProviderMealMain protein sourceWeight (g)Calories per 100gProtein per 100gCarbs per 100gFats per 100gCost/kg
My Muscle ChefPLUS + | PROTEIN Black Bean & Kidney Bean MixBlack beans400965103$12.38
My Muscle ChefPLUS + | PROTEIN Peanut Butter TofuTofu40018717610$19.88
Food4FitnessPlain (Unseasoned) Chicken BreastChicken15001602905$25.67
Food4FitnessPlain (Unseasoned) Chicken BreastChicken5001602905$25.90
My Muscle ChefPLUS + | PROTEIN Butter ChickenChicken4001892548$27.38
Food4FitnessBeef CasseroleBeef5001901969$27.90
Food4FitnessPulled BeefBeef20001212403$28.30
Food4FitnessPulled BeefBeef5001212403$29.80
Athletes NutritionSIMPLY PROTEIN | Chicken BreastChicken10001653106$29.95
Food4FitnessChargrilled Chicken Thigh FilletsChicken5001752409$31.90

But how would this compare to making your own bulk-cooked protein at home? We have put together a list of the ingredients you need to mimic the SIMPLY PROTEIN|chicken recipe, to help you figure out whether it’s worth spending not only your money, but your time.

Find the data here on Google sheets.

In conclusion, if you are thinking about making your own bulk-cooked protein, it could be worth your while to consider purchasing your protein from one of our favourite meal providers. This might mean you spend a few extra dollars, but it’s definitely worth it when you consider the precious relaxation time you’ll be saving at the end of a long working day!

Georgia Marr
Georgia Marr
Gold Coast based Journalist, entertainment writer and lover of a good story with a penchant for food and beverage writing.

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