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AHENRY30 Posts: 927
7/6/11 4:57 P

When I started SP I had a similar problem. I have learned to love black beans and chick peas and add them to many dinners. Black beans can go into almost any pasta dish and are cheap to buy canned or to buy the beans and rehydrate. I also have recently started really loving hummus. I used to put Miracle Whip on my sandwiches for work, but now just some hummus and turkey and I'm good to go. On the weekends I usually try to eat eggs for breakfast to get some more, as I just don't have the time during the week. Just keep slowly ticking away at it and I'm sure you'll get to a level you want.

SHAYLA24S SparkPoints: (9,942)
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7/6/11 12:09 P

This is great! So many awesome food choices that I hadn't even considered. I'm going to have a bean salad tonight!

TREASURINGLIFE Posts: 2,101
7/6/11 10:23 A

Cottage cheese. String cheese. Greek yogurt. Eggs/egg whites. Protein shakes.

I start every day with egg whites - whether I just scramble them up and add ketchup on top, or cook them up as an omelette with low-fat cheese. This protein boost in the morning makes a HUGE difference as the day goes on. And I make sure I have protein with every snack. No fruits without protein (like string cheese). It helps balance out the blood sugar levels as well as keep the hunger pangs at bay.

Good luck.

MYCUTEGIZMO Posts: 3,845
7/6/11 12:20 A

Protein shakes!!

EARTHNUT Posts: 248
7/6/11 12:10 A

I am consistently low in protein and fiber, and eating beans and nuts help me.

I make a quick bean salad by mixing my favorite beans (usually chickpeas and kidney beans) with balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, and a little olive oil.

Hummus is a great dip for whole grain breads or crackers, or carrot, celery, mushrooms, or sweet pepper.

Cottage cheese and string cheese are easy to eat dairy options - look in the cheese area of your market and see what looks good.

Another quick meal or snack is poached egg on an english muffin - Break an egg into a small bowl, mix it up with a fork, microwave on medium for 1 minute until cooked, flip onto a whole wheat english muffin, maybe with a slice of cheese, and enjoy!



PATTISWIMMER Posts: 4,763
7/5/11 10:59 P

tuna is good... cheap... and low in calories... eggs too... check to see your bread has high protein.....

CSIENK SparkPoints: (70,960)
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7/5/11 8:30 P

You're welcome! emoticon Here are a few more suggestions...

Low- or non-fat milk, eggs, Greek yogurt (lots of protein), peanut butter...



SHAYLA24S SparkPoints: (9,942)
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7/5/11 8:22 P

Thanks for sharing the article!

I also went back and shared my food tracker for others to take a look and make suggestions!

I'm trying to get some good meals into my routine so if anyone can suggest any recipes that are protein full that would be awesome!!

CSIENK SparkPoints: (70,960)
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7/5/11 8:01 P

I went to your SparkPage to check out your Nutrition Tracker before I made any suggestions, but you don't have them shared. One way to get better responses is to make them available to be seen.

That said, I see that one of your goals is to eat Vegetarian, so I suggest you try to incorporate more beans into your diet. Here's a great article to get you started...

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1589


Check out the box towards the bottom of the article that shows you how much protein different kinds of beans provide.

Good luck!

SHAYLA24S SparkPoints: (9,942)
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7/5/11 7:50 P

What are some ways that I can get more protein? After looking at my foods for the past week I am consistently low in the Protein department even when I get everything else right? Any suggestions?

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