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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (219,762)
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5/3/13 7:00 A

If I remember correctly, Almond Milk is generally a low-protein food. Compare Nutrition labels of alternatives. I use a light Soy Milk - my little grandson has protein/calcium enriched Rice Milk.

There is no law which states that Potassium, or a lot of other nutrients, needs to be on the nutrition label. Be aware that if you are tempted to use ANY supplements, then discuss it with your Dr first and also it might be beneficial to ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian to ensure that you ARE getting the nutrients you need. Potassium is one supplement that can have very serious consequences to a person's health if taken when not needed! There are many others which can have a negative affect on your health if not needed, too.

Fish is an excellent source of protein - and healthy fats.
Lentils and Quinoa are also good protein sources.
Peas are a great source of protein and fibre
Baked Beans, Black Beans, Red Kidney Beans and Chick Peas are also good protein sources.
Egg Whites are an excellent source of protein, but the yolk also has protein and other nutrients which the white doesn't have.
Nuts are quite good, have fibre and also healthy fats, but are loaded in calories so don't go overboard.


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5/2/13 6:03 P

Thank you both for your advice. I will follow your suggestions up. Cheers!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
5/2/13 8:53 A

Even things that SP has added and not from a member, I don't trust all the way. I don't count calories as i follow a plant based diet and my calories can sometimes be really low or really high depending on what I chose to eat. I count nutrients and have found alternate sites that have more information on those nutrients. Then I come back here and input the information and save it to my favorites. That way i know exactly what I am getting.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
5/2/13 6:57 A

My best advice is to input your own values off the labels of the foods you eat, if you don't use the values put in by the SP itself (not necessarily the members - because some people only put in minimal values).

Additionally, if you have access to someone who can advise you on nutrition, it would be a great asset to get a guideline of the things you should be eating, to ensure you get the appropriate nutritional balance.

Too much or too little potassium (for instance, since that's what you mentioned), can be a problem, from what I've read. Bananas in a smoothie, with unsweetened almond milk may be a good option (with or without the addition of a non-dairy protein powder).

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5/2/13 3:55 A

I have only been a member for a few weeks, so I am still getting familiar with using this marvellous site! One thing I struggle with, though, is getting enough protein, as I cannot consume dairy, and enough potassium. So I have started being very careful when using foods listed and their nutritional content. I am really surprised at how many foods that are listed, do not have these two critical nutrients included. I have started deleting those ones from my favorites list, so I am not short-changing myself.

So be aware that if you are consistently below your daily values for certain nutrients, check whether they are submitted accurately.

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