Also remember: there is protein in whole grains. Me for example, I get 8 grams of protein in my morning cereal, 4 grams in a snack of oatmeal, and 7 grams in a slice of whole wheat toast.
I am also a huge fan of the Morning Star brand veggie burgers and other products. Their "sausage" morning patties are awesome!
If you are meeting the goals sparkpeople has set out for you in your nutrition tracker you should be fine and healthy. And I do second the person who posted about increasing your fat. Good fat is essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients; and just because it is called "fat" doesn't mean, if eaten in moderation, it will make you fat.
Fitness Minutes: (6,162)
833 2/26/09 10:18 P
I eat low fat string cheese, hard boiled eggs and protein shakes made with EAS chocolate protein powder to get extra protein
Looking at your food log, what you really need is a bit more healthy fat at the expense of the carbs, and are ok for protein. You're hitting 60g+ of protein, but your fat is at 14-20 on the 3 days you've tracked, and I'm guessing your recommended intake is at least 30g or so.
Nuts, avocado, and olive oil are all healthy fats.
The one thing that stands out on your food log to me is the hot chocolate every day. One thing you could try and replace it with is chai/spice tea made with milk (this can either be caffeinated or not). You might also check out other brands to see how it stacks up nutritionally. 140 calories per day on hot chocolate powder is a lot if you're keeping under 1400 calories, perhaps you can move it to a weekly treat?
If you want to reduce the effects of beans, buy a bag of beans instead of the canned. Soak them overnight and rinse really well in the morning. For some reason the rinsing really helps. Plus the really cool thing about making your own beans instead of the canned is you drastically reduce the amount of sodium you consume and it is a lot easier on your wallet. If you think you are getting too many carbs from carbohydrate sources, try replacing them with more fruits and veggies.
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2/26/09 5:17 P
Vegi burgers or one of the wide range of faux meats (chicken, ribs, bacon, sausage, lunch meats).
There's also tofu, tempeh, edamame, and seitan.
Even just eating chicken breast one time I searched one site and came up with over 25,000 recipes, there's all kinds of ways to prepare it from all different nationalities.
Kung pao chicken Chicken noodle soup Iranian chicken in clay pot South African Chicken soup Chicken enchiladas
The list is very very long! Just with Asian stir fries alone you could probably make 50 different tasting healthy recipes.
I don't eat fish or any kind of seafood. The only meat I enjoy is chicken (breast only, no bones for me). The only nuts I like are peanuts and the only beans I like are refried or baked vegetarian beans. I get tired of chicken, peanut butter has too much fat in it to eat very often and, since I'm a girl, I'm not thrilled with the "side effects" of eating lots of beans. I do, however, LOVE my carbs! I only eat whole grains, but still think too many is not good for me. What I need to do is get less carb calories and more lean protein calories. Does anyone have any suggestions or recipes that would help me out with this? I'd appreciate it, and so would my butt...LOL
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