Last Monday, the The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index for April 2020. You can dive into all the numbers here, though, most people won't need BLS to tell them grocery prices are on the rise. You see it in every aisle of your local supermarket and feel it in your wallet.
The overall index for groceries rose 2.6% in April. That's the largest spike since 1974. What's truly shocking is the 4.6% increase in the category containing meats, poultry, fish, and eggs. This protein packed group saw the largest rise of any food category.
Egg prices, in particular, skyrocketed in April. The index saw a 16.1% increase. In California, that surge triggered a class action lawsuit over alleged price gauging. Back in March, Reuters reporter Andrea Shalal wrote of the hike, "That could have big consequences for consumers given that eggs are an inexpensive form of protein - and a staple in some 93% of U.S. households." Concerns continue to grow as we look toward Memorial Day without a clear understanding of when things will return to normal.
If costs for meats, poultry, fish and especially eggs are going up, where else can you find your protein? Beans, peas, processed soy products, nuts and seeds are all protein foods. Not sure what to cook when it comes to these protein alternatives? Here are a few recipes from ChooseMyPlate.gov
Every bottle of trimino - Protein Infused Water has 7 grams of protein - that's 1 gram more than the average egg and about 14% of the daily recommendation. trimino is a flavorful way to sip your protein on-the- go.