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KYLAR_STERN
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5/3/12 12:49 P

You were asking about higher protein with lower calories than meat, but keep in mind that there are 4 calories in a gram of protein. So 25g of nothing but pure protein is going to be 100 calories. Chicken is actually the closest thing you'll get to that. Pork chops are another good option I've recently tried. Same amount of protein per serving with only slightly more fat than chicken (4g compared to 1 so its still pretty lean)

If you're still struggling to meat protein requirements supplements are an option. I take a whey protein after I lift. It's like 24g protein, 120 calories and mixes well with just water since you can't have milk.



LOVSSUGAR
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5/3/12 12:42 P

Thank you! I forgot about seitan! I've heard about it, but have not tried it yet. I heard it's even easy to make yourself.

I am trying to experiment with more vegetarian dishes, and vegetables in general.

Goat's milk, although an excellent idea, was tried when i was an infant, with the same result as cow's milk. I don't think it's a lactose issue, because even lactose-free milk gets a reaction. Good advice though, that might work for someone else reading.




LOVSSUGAR
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5/3/12 12:38 P

Thanks everyone, I did some experimenting with egg whites recently, but I do have to add a real egg in there.
Tofu is a no-go, because of the soy intolerance, but I have done hame or turkey sandwiches for lunch.

I know cottage cheese is an excellent source, but I'm afraid to try it (dairy). I was just looking for some alternatives I may not know about.

Chicken it is. :)



ANARIE
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5/3/12 12:36 P

You might also ask your doctor about goat's milk. I don't know the details about whether it's lactose free or has a different form of lactose or what, but I do know that many people with lactose intolerance can use it. It's expensive, but the price is coming down and the availability is increasing. You can even get it in cans.

If price isn't a great concern, go to a "health food" store like Whole Foods and just look around to see what they have. There's almond-milk cheese, lentil-based sausages, seitan (a wheat-based product that's used a lot like tofu), soy-free veggie burgers, mushroom protein fake meats (Quorn is the brand name), rice-milk ice cream, etc.

Also, look at vegetarian and vegan cookbooks for ideas. Even though you eat meat, those cookbooks can help you learn which veggies supply more protein. I'm not vegetarian and would never even consider going vegan, but there are days when my meals don't look much different from theirs, just because some very tasty foods happen not to use animal products. I get plenty of protein those days.





LOVSSUGAR
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5/3/12 12:34 P

Well I don't cook at lunch, I eat out of a cooler bag...

What i guess I mean is that I'm a carb-a-holic. For dinners, i've been beefing up the meal with TONS of veggies, but I have to eat a whole other meal after dinner to meet my protein minimum of 60g.

Is there something that i can add to my meals that's high protein? lower calorie (than meat) and not a bean? (I cannot stand that grainy texture)



PA7R1CE
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5/3/12 12:29 P

Everyone is saying the same thing ... so I will cosign ... you need to add meat to your breakfast & lunch; Try egg white & turkey sausage for breakfast & chicken thighs for lunch;
Also beans are a great source of protein and peas!



DROPCONE
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5/3/12 12:22 P

Since you have a soy intolerance, avoid Kashi Go Lean! The first ingredient is soy grits!

Use liquid egg whites. Low in calories, lots of protein. My only problem with them is that they make me burp, but my protein levels vastly improved after I started eating an egg white sandwich for breakfast. You could even do one real egg and add some extra egg white as part of a scramble to boost protein without cholesterol.

Also, try veggies like peas and green beans.



MANDYJ73
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5/3/12 12:18 P

I love beans.. chick peas, edamame, black beans.... you could also try tofu and veggie protien products like ground round etc. These are all part of my love of protein! Good luck!



SCTK519
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5/3/12 12:15 P

A bowl of Kashi Go Lean has 19 g of protein, not taking into account the almond milk and it's only 200 calories. Almonds have protein; a handful as a snack is good. For the peanut butter & cheese, you do need some fat in your diet.



KYLAR_STERN
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5/3/12 12:10 P

"eggs, fish, shrimp, and chicken breast"

You're on the right track. Those are great sources of lean protein, maybe the eggs aren't so lean but they are still great. Just try to eat more of those. Chicken breast is the king when it comes to lean protein.

What do you normally do for lunch? A sandwich will even just ham or turkey lunchmeat ends up being under 300 calories with whole grains (from wheat bread) and about 16g of protein from the lunch meat.



-POOKIE-
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5/3/12 11:56 A

Yups... eat two of those things a day!

*laughs* fish at lunch, meat at dinner... easy solution and not really much to expect to fit in a major protein source at each meal.



LOVSSUGAR
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5/3/12 11:38 A

Okay, So I know some basics about foods that provide protein. However, I am allergic to milk and have a soy intolerance, so this is where it gets difficult.
I can handle yogurt and light cream cheese for some reason, but the only milk I can drink is almond milk.
I love peanut butter and goat cheeses, but there's a lot of fat in them.

I eat meat, but usually only at dinner and there tend to be a lot of calories in beef and pork.
My go-to proteins are eggs, fish, shrimp, and chicken breast. But I have only one of those per day and I am just barely making it to my protein minimums.

So... long story short.
Any high protein, lower calorie suggestions that I could include in my diet?




 
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