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AILUENE SparkPoints: (0)
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7/21/13 4:42 P

If you like fish, I find that keeping packets or cans of tuna around is really helpful for a protein kick. Just pop one open and eat it straight from the container. Nutritious, easy to store, and don't have to worry about cooking or anything! Plus it's relatively low-cal and fills you right up. emoticon

Edited by: AILUENE at: 7/21/2013 (16:42)
DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/18/13 12:12 A

definitely gonna try the protein powder! emoticon

TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (55,983)
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7/17/13 1:27 P

As a vegetarian and boarderline vegan, I have to throw in the vote for protein powder. Mix it up in a little oatmeal or almond milk and boom! you have 25 grams of protein already down the gullet!

DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/17/13 7:02 A

Ive been eating more eggs and I realized that they are killing me on my cholesterol. I have high cholesterol and the nutrition tacker has me between 0-300 day. two eggs put me over 400, so im still learning. I need to eat more beans. Im working on that right now. emoticon

MYKIDSRSWEET SparkPoints: (12,017)
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7/16/13 5:24 P

I add a lot of, pinto, refried and have hard boiled eggs on my salads.

KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
7/16/13 9:13 A

I add one scoop of biochem chocolate fudge protein powder to my morning coffee. Mix a little with coffee to make a paste then fill the cup the rest of the way with coffee. This is also my go to pick me up if I get a 3 pm energy slump. This really helps me get me in the ranges I want to be for protein consumption.

DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/16/13 7:25 A

Thanks Bunnie! Yeah thats what I am going through. Its a learning process. I celebrate my successes and tweak the not so great moments. I figure I have to be doing better now then a week ago when I didnt measure anything lol. emoticon

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/15/13 6:40 P

I used to find getting my minimum protein to be quite a challenge (and sometimes I still do) - I guess because "protein" items tend to be higher in calories than veg and fruit, so i'd cut my meat portions way back, increase my veg, and.... yeah. Not good enough! So I have been very conscientiously working on my protein intake, with my fallbacks being:
- Eggs - 1-2 eggs for breakfast really starts the protein count for the day out right!
- Yogurt - not as proteiny as eggs, but still, it's a good choice
- Tuna - low cal, lots of protein.
- Fish in general is good protein!
- Beans and legumes - a handful of black beans in my salad improves its nutritional profile
- Avocado - on the high-cal side, but a veg that actually has decent protein!
- Cheese - ok, high cal (especially full-fat, which is all I will eat) BUT i eat it INSTEAD of "dessert" - fruit and cheese, or wine and cheese... good choices for my end-of-day snack when I'm a little low on protein.
- FULL SIZE serving of lean meat - 6 ounces of chicken or pork or beef (maybe more!). Especially on days where my brekky/lunch protein was on the low side, I no longer skimp out on the meat at the evening meal. Instead, I trade out the carb (i.e. the potato, rice or pasta) to save calories and enable me to double up on the meat. Carbs, I get enough from the veggies....

DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/15/13 2:45 P

Right now, I have a regular diet. I am just trying to lower my calories under 1550 and the protein seems to take up such a large part of the content that I seem to be sacrificing it for volume atm. Its a learning process.

LITTLE1DER Posts: 934
7/15/13 1:27 P

Probably the best way to boost your protein is by increasing the servings you are having of the things you like. Are there dietary issues? Are you Vegan or Vegetarian? There are plenty of protein fortified foods these days from shakes to granola bars to cereal.
Eggs or egg whites are my personal go to when I need a boost. That and Greek yogurt-add a handful of berries and a handful of seeds or granola and you have a very filling snack!

DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/15/13 10:56 A

Thanks for the wonderful ideas everyone! emoticon

KELLY_SP SparkPoints: (138,225)
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7/15/13 8:17 A

Here is some additional information that may help.

Be well,

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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7/14/13 10:48 P

I make a greek yogurt smoothie with frozen fruit and chia seeds. It has a 26 grams of protein, it's very simple: 1 cup frozen fruit, 1 cup greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons chia seeds. I use stevia for sweetener. Awesome for breakfast.

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7/14/13 1:13 P

I am a vegetarian that has a problem getting enough protein at times. My go to is protein powder. I don't use it often but it sure does the trick.

DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/14/13 12:55 P

Much thanks Phoenix. Ive just started buying it and I bought a new blender. Im making smoothies which I love and I got a really good recipe for ranch dressing (which I love!) that uses greek yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream.

Low Cal Ranch Dressing;
This whole jar of ranch is only 1.75 grams of fat and 255 calories! 1 cup dannon oikos plain greek yogurt, 1 packet hidden valley ranch mix, 1/2 cup 1% milk. Whisk together, chill 1 hour before use. Perfect consistency and tastes better than bottled!

DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/14/13 12:51 P

Thank you Jenni, Im doing most of that. Im sure ill get better as I go and better at planning. I like the Parmesan cheese suggestion. I love it! Ill be more aware as im shopping!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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7/14/13 11:19 A

Lean meats (chicken, turkey, pork, fish/seafood, lean beef).
Dairy (milk, Greek yogurt/reg yogurt, low fat cheeses; cottage cheese, part-skim ricotta, part-skim mozzarella, parmesan, low fat chedder, etc.)
Eggs/egg whites
Whole grains
Seeds/nuts/nut butters

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/14/2013 (11:20)
MY_TRUE_PHOENIX SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/13 8:38 A

Greek yogurt is a great source of protein. It has about 17g of protein per 6oz serving.

DESTINEE318 SparkPoints: (15,716)
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7/14/13 8:21 A

I have been on Sparks for about a week now and I find I'm having trouble maintaining an adequate protein level. my totals always seem to be just above the minimal or under. Any suggestion on good sources of protein that will help me with this? emoticon

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