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KRISTEN_SAYS
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1/3/13 10:03 P

These are my usual protein sources (I'm a vegetarian):
Whole wheat bagel thins
Peanut butter
Greek yogurt
Legumes
Tempeh (soy)
Part-skim mozzarella/cheddar cheese
Egg whites
Old fashioned oats
Almonds
Whole wheat pasta

I am for 15-20 grams of protein each meal so that I know for sure I'll reach my protein goal. I thought I was picky, too. More than half of what I eat now I never would have touched four years ago, so try new things!



WHATKATHYSAYS
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1/3/13 8:45 P

Snacking on nuts is a good way to get protein! Also, if you like peanut butter, it's quick and easy to add to things!



JLMCLUCAS
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1/3/13 11:52 A

Thank you both for your suggestions...
Jenmc14 I did not know I could make my tracker public. But I can tell you I may not be eatin ghte best stuff over all... I am a picky eater and I do not eat fish (nothing that swims LOL) or eggs, so this is where I get stuck in the portein department. We eat a lot of chicken and I will add in pork and hamburger meat here and there. I guess more nuts and veggies is what I need to start looking into.

Jen - Thank you for the artical link, it was very intresting to me and gave me some ideas.



JENMC14
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1/3/13 10:39 A

It would be helpful to be able to see your tracker (it's not public) to see what you're currently consuming, and if swaps could be made. That being said, for protein, I consume yogurt (I eat all kinds, lowfat, Greek and lowcarb), egg whites and lean meat of some sort daily. I also often eat cottage cheese and reduced fat cheese, bacon, and will throw in a whole egg, here and there. Beans and nuts/seed and peanut butter are eaten on occasion as well. My family goes through phases where we'll eat shrimp a few times a month, then not at all for a few months, and I'm 'experimenting" with adding tuna into my lunch rotation. I try to get at least 15 grams of protein in at every meal. Fish is another really good source, and there are some higher in protein grains like quinoa, but those aren't things I consume regularly. Some veggies are decent for protein green leafys, mostly. I'm not the bastian of healthy eating, but feel free to sneak a look at my nutrition tracker, it's public. Protein isn't something I typically have a problem getting, and it's a focus for me.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/3/2013 (10:40)


SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 54,110
1/3/13 10:33 A

Meat is a common protein source, but this article will also give you some other suggestions:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=158


Hope that helps,

Coach Jen



JLMCLUCAS
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1/3/13 10:22 A

Hi everyone and Happy New Year....
I have been trying to lose weight for a few years now and this year I decided instead of saying I am losing weight, I am saying I want to be healthier... So over the last 3 days I have been tracking my food again and have noticed I am not getting enough protein. What can I add to my diet to get enough protein? Thank You for any help you can give.



 
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