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TACDGB
Posts: 6,081
1/23/13 2:00 P

it's about thinking outside the box.......trying something new you might like. I use protein powders because I need it as I lift weights and it helps with muscle repair.



MICHELLEXXXX
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1/23/13 12:28 P

I completely understand that some people are very picky with regards to their tastes. Personally, I've found that when I force myself to add something in small amounts, my body begins to crave it.



DIDS70
Posts: 5,070
1/22/13 12:28 P

Most of my protein comes from my greens. I do a lot of collard, swiss chard, spinach and kale. Sometimes i will add some pb to my smoothies. I have a protein powder that my chiro sells, but only use 1/4 scoop. I do it for the chocolate taste.

Nuts are high in calories but also in healthy fats. I limit myself to 1/2 cup a day since i am still trying to lose weight.



MEG-NATALIA07
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1/22/13 10:53 A

Depends on the source of powder. Some powders are more fillers/sugars but less calories than a hunk of meat. Some are less cholesterol and fat... it all depends.

I personally don't rely on them too much, but I add them to smoothies. I've enjoyed brown rice protein, and right now am liking Organic Hemp Protein (Vanilla). I usually combine the powder with Morinu tofu in my smoothies and get a good amount.



RACHEL2WRITER
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1/22/13 10:48 A

Powders are a good way to get more protein if you're struggling, but like the other posters said, there are lots of ways to get more protein in. I try to eat a little protein with every meal and snack - it helps me stay full and keeps my blood sugar and energy level.

I do use a scoop of 100% whey protein in either vanilla or chocolate mixed with 1 c skim milk, 1/2 c nonfat plain yogurt, 1 c fresh or frozen fruit, and 1 TBSP of ground flaxseed. It comes in 250-300 calories, but that will be my breakfast and will keep me full for 4 or 5 hours.



BREWMASTERBILL
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1/22/13 10:43 A

I don't consider nuts a good protein source. They're high in calories. Consider sneaking a bit of chicken or turkey into your diet or maybe some fish if you can. Other than that, lentils, beans, cottage cheese, spinach, broccoli, eggs, peas are some relatively high non-meat options that come to mind.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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1/22/13 10:42 A

There are so many more protein sources outside of nuts. Greek yogurt, beans, eggs and egg whites, tempeh, cheese, quinoa, 100% whole wheat bread, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, brown rice; there are so many options out there. Even if you're picky, try new foods. I was super picky, and I never thought that I would love beans, but I eat them 3-4 times a week. Broaden your horizons :)



KELLMICHELLE
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1/22/13 10:36 A

I am not a big meat eater. A lot of days i go the whole day with NO meat. Some of the alternatives such as nuts are so high in calories that i try to avoid them. I am a very picky eater so vastly changing the foods i eat is unlikely to happen. emoticon



BREWMASTERBILL
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1/22/13 10:28 A

It doesn't matter if you do or not. I agree you should work on getting protein from food. Why can't you hit the goal with food? Are you a vegetarian or something? That can make it harder, but certainly not impossible.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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1/22/13 10:17 A

I don't think protein powder is necessary at all. You just have to tweak your diet a little. (And by diet, I mean what you eat on a daily basis, not "diet" as in "I'm on a diet.") I'm a vegetarian, and I get at least 75 grams of protein per day. No protein powders, no protein bars. Aim for 15 grams of protein each meal. Can you set up your SparkPage and make your nutrition tracker public so that we can take a look and help you?



MICHELLEXXXX
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1/22/13 10:11 A

What is an average day's menu for you?



DIDS70
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1/22/13 10:09 A

Yes, it has extra calories, but not enough to really worry about. Using powders is a personal choice. As the PP said, there are many posts regarding powders.

If you are using a whey powder-- My only suggestion is go cold pressed and make sure the whey is coming from green fed cows.



JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
1/22/13 9:26 A

How many calories protein powder adds depends on what you use. Is there a reason you're not getting enough protein from food? I'd concentrate on making more protein rich food choices and going from there. Also, there is a protein powder question almost every week. Try the search feature at the top of the message board, and you'll likely get a lot of hits that you can review for more advice.



KELLMICHELLE
Posts: 24
1/22/13 9:08 A

Should i be using protein powder?? I never meet my daily protein goal. Does it add a lot of calories?



 
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