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MATREXX
Posts: 579
1/17/13 12:11 P

I'd suggest a good protein powder. Vega is a totally natural vegan line that is really yummy. I use the chocolate in my morning smoothies. Bonus - you can take it on fast days!



SHORTYPIE89
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Posts: 37
1/17/13 11:29 A

Have you tried products from the quorn range?
Quorn has lots of protein, and they do both meals (microwavable, oven-cookable) and meat alternative snacks such as various bacon/chicken/ham slice alternatives, scotch eggs etc etc



AUDREYUK
Posts: 607
1/17/13 11:23 A

I don't know how you feel about Indian food, but I really love Tasty Bite pouches for a good convenient vegetarian meal. Most of them are based on lentils or beans. The calories vary, but they are pretty reasonable and portion controlled. All you need is a microwave. Heck they might even be decent at room temperature. I've seen them at regular grocery stores and also in a large box at Costco (maybe 10 or so pouches.)

The Madras Lentils one is my favourite.
shop.tastybite.com/Entres/c/TastyBite@Entr
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KAELIN135
Posts: 5
1/17/13 8:57 A

And thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! Next time I'm out I'll have to stock up on the nuts...and buy a can opener, because I left mine at home :D



KAELIN135
Posts: 5
1/17/13 8:52 A

Well, I specified "yummy" :) A lot of things they have I'm sure ARE full of protein, like their curried lentils, grilled bean patties, and veggie burgers. However, I don't like any of those things. They also tend to have a lot of Mexican flavored food with lots of beans, but...I don't really like Mexican food either. I recently discovered that they have kidney beans on the salad bar, and will probably be making meals of beans and rice come fast days, and I have been eating sunflower seeds on my spinach salad at lunch. I'm just a picky eater when it comes to "fast food" ;)



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,427
1/16/13 7:51 P

Please share...What is the vegetarian entree with little protein???
Some college cafeterias have then nutrition info on-line for all the offerings. Does yours.
You may be able to pull some beans, cheese, nuts from the salad bar to add to the meal.
SP Dietitian Becky



FROGHEMOTH
Posts: 255
1/16/13 6:37 P

I would look for a good peanut butter - something natural without hydrogenated oils. Growing up, a lot of times I'd be sent off to school with a "spoonful of peanut butter" because my mom didn't like sending us without some protein :) I like to keep a variety of different nuts and seeds on hand (almonds, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.).

If you're looking for something that's more of a meal replacement, I'd recommend ProBar (theprobar.com/ ) - they are raw, organic, and vegan, and I think they're super yummy. They have around 10 grams of protein per bar. My hubby and I took a bunch of these to Disneyland with us in November and they kept us happy.

Do you have a hotplate or a microwave in your room? I recently discovered Amy's Kitchen - they have a lot of different kinds of soups and chilis, and they're also organic. The soups are lower in protein (roughly 6-8g/serving), but most of the chilis have over 10g per serving. Just be careful with these because they are fairly high in sodium.

Hopefully this helps give you some ideas. Good luck!



PATTISWIMMER
Posts: 4,763
1/16/13 6:15 P

sardines too.... peanut butter.



PATTISWIMMER
Posts: 4,763
1/16/13 6:14 P

whey protein shakes or tuna... I use skip jack because it is least contaminants least mercury and smallest tuna...



KAELIN135
Posts: 5
1/16/13 4:49 P

I'm a...I suppose I'm a pseudo-flexitarian, technically. I am an omnivore who, due to my religious beliefs, occasionally goes full vegan. This was never a problem at home, since Mom always had lentils, and beans, and all sorts of yummy protein-y goodness. However, now that I'm in college, I'm trying to be more conscientious of my fasting and also of protein intake, and the kitchen staff at my school are unable to read my mind. As a result, their (yummy) vegetarian and vegan food very rarely has any substantial amount of protein. What can I get for my room that has loads of protein so I don't get protein cravings during fast periods?



 
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