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BONJOVIGIRL24 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 6:30 P

Thank you everyone for all of these awesome tips and advice! I always put a little milk in my oatmeal to thicken it but it never occurred to me to actually cook it with milk! I'll have to try that! Thanks again!

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (79,322)
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6/25/13 5:17 P

Skip the banana. Instead, cook your oatmeal in low or nonfat milk. 1c of skim milk has 8g of protein.

FROGMAN2013 SparkPoints: (1,747)
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6/25/13 11:43 A

Wow, I consider the fine and noble banana as just about as far away from protein as you can get!

As other have suggested....how about nuts, beans, eggs or dairy? Get the real things as close to original source as possible. When it is a processed food check out the label. For example, peanut butter is great but should only have peanuts in the ingredients list (or maybe salt, too, if you don't mind the salt). It is amazing what they will add sugar and/or shortening to!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,932)
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6/25/13 9:57 A

Bananas have virtually no protein. Only about 1g for a medium banana at over 100 cals. They are a fruit and fruit is mostly made up of carbs 27g in a medium banana. So no, not a good source of protein. Oatmeal is also mostly a carb but if you get *whole grain* oatmeal like Old Fashioned or Steel Cut oats, you'll get more protein than refined quick oats.

Legumes/lentils can be a good source of protein. They're almost a 50/50 split of carbs/protein.
Greek yogurt has 2x the protein as regular yogurt. Cottage cheese is also a good source of protein. You can make overnight oatmeal and add Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or ricotta cheese and milk for added protein.
Nuts/nut butter are mainly fats but they do have quite a bit of protein as well. Same as seeds. You could add a bit of ground flaxseed to your oatmeal.
If you really want a good low cal protein boost to your oatmeal, cook it with egg whites. 1/4 cup of egg whites will give you an extra 7g of protein.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/25/2013 (10:02)
TRINCHICK Posts: 50
6/25/13 9:32 A

You mention not wanting meat, but not sure if you're vegan.

Eggs are a phenomenal source of protein. They're quick, easy, cheap, and packed with nutrition.

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6/25/13 9:30 A

Also, you could get some peanut butter (or make your own since store bought brands tend to have added sugars and oils) and mix that into your oatmeal. Nuts have a lot of protein, and they also fill you up and give you energy.

Also, what about tofu? You could always fix that for breakfast.

BONJOVIGIRL24 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/24/13 8:18 P

Thank you for the tips! I will start adding yogurt to my diet again. I used to eat yogurt all the time and I haven't been. I know that will help. I'm actually a pretty avid milk drinker. I try to have at least one glass a day (except today lol) so that should help too. I'll also look for cereals that have protein and try those for breakfast. Thank you again! :)

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6/24/13 8:12 P

Bananas have protein, but not much. (I googled it, it's one gram per medium sized banana.)

If you're willing to eat eggs or dairy with your breakfast, those are the easiest (as in most typical) ways to increase your protein. Eggs check out at almost 7 grams per egg, Milk has about 3g per glass. You can look up values for things like yogurt and cheese if you like.

If you'd rather stay vegan, then soy milk is pretty close to the same amount of protein as regular milk. Almond milk is pretty good too, rice milk has much less. Nuts and seeds contain decent amounts of protein usually, if you can work them in. Many cereals have relatively large amounts of protein (I've seen up to 7 or 8 grams per serving), usually boosted by whey (milk) or soy ingredients. But the grains in cereals or breads also have some themselves, as does your oatmeal.

Finally, a number of fruits and vegetables -- like bananas -- contain small amounts, and this could theoretically add up over the course of a day depending what you eat.

Edit: Finally, if, as it sounds like, your main motivation in wanting to add protein is to keep you full longer, then seriously consider also adding *fat*.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 6/24/2013 (20:14)
KNUCKLES145 Posts: 13,466
6/24/13 8:04 P

I don't think banana have a lot of protein, but I could be wrong. I like to eat greek style yogurt for breakfast because it has about twice as much protein as regular yogurt. have you tried adding protein powder to your oatmeal?

BONJOVIGIRL24 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/24/13 7:56 P

Hey y'all! So I have decided to really start tracking what I eat everyday. And I have noticed that I definitely need more protein. I eat oatmeal for breakfast everyday, and I love to eat a banana with it. (I'm currently out of bananas at the moment) but do banana's have a good source of protein? And if not, what other protein enriched foods (besides meat) can I eat that will boost up my protein? I'll definitely need the energy boost for the long work hours! Thanks!

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