Have you tried quinoa? I get migraines from some foods, specifically seafoods and processed meats. I have added quinoa into my diet and that doesn't seem to bother me. I have a friend that can't eat a lot of proteins as well, there is some enzyme added that gives her migraines, same with hard cheeses. You could also look into adding a protein powder if you really low. I get my protein powder at GNC and they will typically give me a sample of something before I buy it. That way you could test to make sure you are migraine free.
If a significant number of legumes are giving you migraines, I would just avoid the whole family, including peas.
I'm a huge lentil fan - and I've a goto lentil concoction (don't know how you feel about the rest of the ingredients, but...) sauteed onions in olive oil and garlic, chunks of steamed carrots, cooked lentils, topped with a little butter and hot sauce (I even put in red pepper flakes for an even bigger kick).
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I also have migraines and headaches related to a mild TBI.
Are you aware of the low-tyramine diet? You might try googling this for more ideas.
I find that peanuts are a trigger but other nuts are not. I've also noticed that I am fine with about a serving a week of peanuts, but any more than that and I will get a headache, so serving size might be something to pay attention to.
Another sneaky thing is soy sauce. I am OK with soy in general, but too much soy sauce and I am in trouble. Watch out for aspartame/Nutri-Sweet. It is in a lot of processed foods and cause brain swelling in a lot of people. Not good if you are inclined to get headaches.
Watch your hydration too--I notice that when I am meeting my water goals I generally do not have headaches. The change of seasons and the addition of more sunlight can make headaches temporarily worse too.
I wouldn't try tofu or most of the meat substitutes since they're made with soy (a legume) and you're already reacting to other legumes. Seitan I believe is wheat gluten and might be OK for you, but as I don't eat it myself I'm not positive. Google it/check labels I guess. I'm also not sure whether you have issue with grains.
I *would* try lentils. Despite being lumped in with beans all the time they are not beans/legumes but rather pulses -- a different botanical group. You may be able to eat them. Vegan and vegetarian websites will have tons of ideas what to do with them. Among other things, various varieties make terrific soup/stew bases.
Similarly maybe try quinoa, even if you do have grain problems, as it is not a grain.
That's about all I can think of that is reasonably high in protein without getting really exotic.
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I find chicken boneless/skinless for 1.99/lb on sale frequently. That's 85g of protein for $2. A dozen eggs is 72g protein and on sale for 1.50 sometimes where I live. Tuna can be a good deal at times as well. Lentils are very affordable sources of incomplete protein.
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How about eggs? They have lots of good protein, are very versatile, and not very expensive (going to be cheaper than almonds!).
How about canned tuna - watch for sales.
Dairy - greek yogurt has more protein than other kinds. Again, watch for sales - it does keep, especially if unopened, for quite awhile.
Grains are typically thought of as "carbs" but they DO contain protein. So every time you eat rice, bread, oatmeal, barley, quinoa, etc. etc. etc. you are adding to your daily protein tally. It adds up.
Some people use protein powders i.e. to boost the nutrition of a smoothie - this is not to my taste or preference, but might be an option and could be budget-friendly (if you avoid the fancy heavily-marketed "protein shake" stuff and go for the generic).
When it comes to meat, just realize you don't need to eat a very big portion of meat to get a good amount of protein. You can stretch 1 pound of chicken over 4 days.. so long as you are getting supplemental protein from other items in your diet such as eggs, dairy, whole grains....
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I would appreciate any suggestions for snacks/proteins. Until recently I ate a lot of almonds, cashews, hummus, beans, and sunflower seeds. After a head injury all of these things trigger unbearable migraines. I know this sounds stupid but I am at a loss on what to eat. Are there any options for a good protein besides meat? I have had to cut everything out of my diet but plain meats, fish, eggs, and plain fruits and vegetables. I realize that is not necessarily bad (although I miss chocolate especially) but aside from personal reasons I also now have the problem that my grocery bill is out of control! Meat is much more expensive than what I used to eat. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
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