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Protein, protein, protein!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

With all the ST I have been doing, I really needed to up the protein. I have had a hard time meeting my SP nutritional range for protein already (usually falling far below the low side). So, today I did a 45 min Zumba workout & was determined to get in a good amount of protein. Wow, it takes careful planning to get lots of protein without lots of calories!! Here is my nutrition tracker so far for today:


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What I am really excited about is dinner. I had 2 frozen tilapia fillets, thawed in hot water, seasoned with creole & cooked in the oven for 10 min. I had a side of green peas with it.
As you can see from the tracker, dinner was 266 cals, 13 g carbs, 2 g fat, 47 g protein. SO YUMMY & SO EASY! Between thawing & cooking, it took a total of 15 minutes.
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Creole Seasoned Tilapia with Green Peas



Tilapia is also one of the cheaper fish. I bought a big bag of frozen fillets at the grocery store for $10.

Now I've got at LEAST 200 more calories I need to take in, but I am currently stuffed from dinner. It's only 6:45pm, so I've got some time.


Oh, and my feet are super sore. When I did my workout today, I didn't think about the fact that up until now I've only done the 20 min workouts. I always Zumba barefoot (easier to move around that way), so 45 min of barefoot twisting and shaking and I've rubbed my feetsies raw! So I lotioned up my feet & then put on super soft socks. I feel better now.


In other news, I really need some sunshine. Can I be there, please? Oh, pretty please? emoticon
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MUMZY_OF_4 1/25/2011 10:57AM

    I've been wanting to try tilapia. My next trip to the store, I'm going to have to get some. Your tomato w/tuna & cottage cheese sounds so good too. Good blog!

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AKMAMA08 1/21/2011 12:04PM

    Yummy dinner!!! Yes you need increase that protein girl. Sounds like you're really trying and going in a better direction.
I would love some sunshine too!!!! Send some my way if you get a chance =)

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CHRISTIEYCPTWIN 1/21/2011 10:33AM

    That fish looks amazing!! I have so much trouble getting my protein in. I should be eating more fish...you've inspired me!

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PHEBESS 1/21/2011 10:28AM

    Good job on the nutrition as well as the workout.

I think you deserve a Caribbean vacation now!

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PEDNURSEMOM 1/21/2011 10:12AM

    I have problems meeting my protein too. cheese and yogurt both have protein which helps. That fish looks so yummy!!! I'm always afraid when cooking fish that I won't cook it enough!!
and thanks for the comment on my blog, my baby is better today just congested!

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FIREFLYBRIDE 1/20/2011 11:31PM

    Thanks for the ideas, guys! I use egg whites, greek yogurt, peanut butter, oatmeal, and protein powder like they are on their way to extinction! I've actually written blogs about cottage cheese and greek yogurt because I love them so much, lol. I haven't yet tried almond butter. I need to give it a whirl. I also need to try that tuna/cottage cheese/almond mixture. Sounds good! In the summertime I like to eat a whole tomato slice open like a bowl with tuna & cottage cheese inside. MMMM! Keep those ideas coming!

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QUEENJEANINE11 1/20/2011 11:18PM

    Egg whites are high in protein and low in calories. Lentils are as well. There is different kinds of protein power you can get like whey,soy,pea protein and blend with some fruit. Whole wheat pasta has about 8 grams per 280 calories serving. There is fortified bread that has about 10 gr protein per 150 calorie serving.

I agree with the sunshine! Actually we have sun all the time in the winter but it comes with -30 temps so I wish for sun and heat!

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FARM_GIRL07 1/20/2011 10:09PM

    PS I just did Zumba at home tonight and I feel great! It get's your body pumping and works muscles you wouldn't work on the elliptical/bike/treadmill etc! Way to go!

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FARM_GIRL07 1/20/2011 10:08PM

    I always find if I get some protein at breakfast it makes a difference for the rest of the day. I usually have 2 or 3 egg whites with 1 slice of toast and about 15 g of cheese, instead of margarine. Sometimes I have oatmeal, that has a good amount of protein, but to kick it up a bit I add a scoop of protein powder, you can't taste it and it doesnt change the texture because oatmeal is already thick. I have seen people adding peanut or almond butter to their oatmeal on SP as well. Sometimes I get my protein via fruit smoothie I make in my magic bullet. I will put about 4 oz of yogurt, 1/2c of milk, 1 cup of frozen fruit, and of course a scoop of vanilla protein powder. These are fast and easy low cal (300 or under) breakfasts that I make and love! Hope this helps you! oh Also if you like cottage cheese it is an excellent source of protein. Sometimes after I ST I have tuna salad and crackers or 1/2c cottage cheese and about 10 almonds mixed in, so yummy! Have a great weekend!

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MSKITYOCAT 1/20/2011 8:09PM

  Pam, tilapia, lemon pepper seasoning and that's it. The very very best of the best protein.

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