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SINAED
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12/30/12 10:29 A

try skim milk, reduced fat cheese soy yoghurt and even tofu .....i like seafood or steamed chicken breast myself



SIMPLELIFE2
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12/29/12 11:31 A

Why do you think you need to minimize carbs? It's your body's primary fuel source. I don't eat any refined or processed carbs like white flour, sugar, white rice, etc. Since I was having issues with dairy, I eat beans and lentils almost every day as a protein source since I don't eat meat. In fact, quitting the dairy, even if it was low fat, was what helped me break through a plateau.



ROSE-LITE
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12/29/12 11:07 A

Good idea on the egg whites...thanks!



ONLINEASLLOU
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12/29/12 11:05 A

Another product you might want to look into is egg whites. They are pretty much pure protein with virtually no fats or carbs. I make egg dishes (omlets, scrambled eggs, etc.) with one whole egg plus one egg white to beef up the protein without adding carbs, fats, or many calories.

I prefer the powdered form to the liquid egg whites, which needs to be used quickly once the container is opened. The powder keeps in the cupboard for a long time. I reconstitute it with water to add to egg dishes ... or just add the powder to smoothies or "hide" it in other recipes for added protein.

I've also switched to Greek yogurt for the additional protein, eat a fair amount of tuna and other fish, eat quinoa instead of rice, and eat some meat every day.



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,791
12/29/12 7:46 A

Pepitas
They have a nutty flavor and a touch of pumpkin's sweetness. They are high in phosphorous and are a good source of magnesium and zinc, iron and copper. 1 Ounce has 8 Grams of protein making them a smart snack or salad addition. Pepitas are already shelled. Also try flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds.

Seeds are especially high in protein, low in calories and fat. Sunflower seeds have protein & almonds are particularly high in protein. Nuts are an excellent source of gas-free protein, as well as chicken, turkey, beans, peas, fish, cottage cheese, and peanut butter, parm cheese and Romano cheese

Barley has soluble and insoluble fiber and has more fiber than oatmeal. It can help lower cholesterol, provides protein and b vitamins. Barley may aid in weight control because it helps control blood sugar and helps keep you full. Add barley to soups, cereals, salads, and other grain dishes such as brown rice dishes. Barley has good protein.

If you do not eat animal based products, you can combine different types of plant proteins to ensure that you get all the amino acids that you need.
Experiment with grains such as quinoa and kasha which are extremely high in protein. Low-fat dairy products are also excellent sources of protein. Try reduced-fat yogurts, cottage cheese and milk.




CUSH1932
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12/29/12 6:06 A

beans nuts veggies and occasionally milk



WATERDIAMONDS
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12/28/12 8:45 P

tofu, tempeh, legumes, vegetables,seeds, nuts




-VIXEN-
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12/28/12 8:10 P

chicken, fish, eggs, low fat dairy, cottage cheese, nuts, beans



QUEEN3510VA
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12/28/12 7:58 P

I use protein powder
greek yogurt
tofu



LUCKYNUMBER23
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12/28/12 11:25 A

Eggs or bacon in the moring.
Every meal I have some type of protein - Chicken or pork usually.
Beans
Protein bar/shake



AM_MORRIS87
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12/28/12 10:40 A

I get my protein from meat, eggs, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and Quest protein bars.



VESNA1987
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12/28/12 10:26 A

thank you everyone, especially Jen for giving me the link. I find it very useful. Ive added it to my bookmarks.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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12/28/12 10:16 A

I'm a vegetarian and I get at least 75g daily. These are pretty much my protein sources:

Whole wheat bread (I limit myself to 1 serving per day)
Whole wheat pasta (again, I limit myself to 1 serving)
Cheese
Greek yogurt
Nuts (mostly almonds) and natural peanut butter
Legumes (I make vegan chili and my own veggie burgers)
Greek yogurt
Tempeh (soy)
Eggs and egg whites
Old fashioned oats

The easiest way to reach your 60g a day is to eat at least 15g per meal. Protein powder isn't necessary. Why spend $30 on something that you can get from food?

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 12/28/2012 (10:19)


DIDS70
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12/28/12 8:43 A

dark leafy greens
nuts
quinoa
protein powder



KKKAREN
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12/28/12 8:41 A

I drink at least 3 cups of ff milk a day, it's loaded with protein.



JENNILACEY
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12/28/12 7:49 A

Beans
Lentils
Steel cut oats
Greek yogurt
Quinoa
Flaxseed
Fish/seafood
Chicken
Eggs (whole and egg whites)
Nuts
Low fat cheeses
Soy
Tofu



SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 55,490
12/28/12 7:27 A

Hello

I always recommend trying to reach your nutrient goals through natural food sources instead of supplements. I don't eat any meat and can still reach the 60g minimum daily. Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=158


Coach Jen



VESNA1987
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12/28/12 7:10 A

Hi,
I have a huge problem with my protein goals. I can stay in my calorie and fat range easaily. But my great problem is to minimize carbs and get more protein. Im not a huge fan of meat- i eat it a few times a week, but that is not enough to get 60 grams of protein a day! Legumes do have some protein, but they also have high carb content. Ive only found cottage cheese, which is not meat and has high protein and low carbs. Do you have any other ideas? Do I really have to eat so much meat every day?
Ive even thought of buying protein powder, what do you think of that? Does it work? Or is it just another commercial trick?



 
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