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I am new to this site and to this new way of eating. I didn't realize there was a name for it until I checked SP and I'm sure glad I did.
I struggled as I tracked my meals for today ~ I found it difficult to get all the necessary protein in. It will be difficult for a short time while I familiarize myself with new information, but I've been wanting to do this for a very long time and it just feels right to begin now.
Thanks to all of you for the valuable information you've posted. I appreciate it very much.
Edited by: LILYROSE54 at: 7/18/2009 (11:18)
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More on protein –
Because we are pescetarians (I use the Wikipedia spelling), we can throw fish or shellfish into our diet for protein sources. Living in a small town away from a coast might be problematic for getting fresh fish, but don’t forget the frozen fish that is available. My mom, who is 80 years old and doesn’t cook much anymore, introduced me to Gorton’s frozen seafood entrées. I believe Gorton’s is a national brand. You have to read labels, because the flavorings or sauces can add fat and calories, but I have had and enjoyed two of the Gorton’s line.
Gorton’s Grilled Salmon: 100 calories, 16g protein, 3g fat, 35mg cholesterol
Gorton’s Grilled Garlic Butter Fish Fillet (I believe it’s pollack, similar to cod): 100 calories, 17g protein, 3g fat, 60mg cholesterol
I personally have to watch out for cholesterol, because my level has jumped since menopause (despite my near-vegetarian diet.) I avoid shrimp as much as possible because it is high in cholesterol, but if that’s not a problem for you, it’s common to find in the frozen food section, and easily thaws in a bowl of water.
Tilapia is another fish choice that freezes well. Also, the fillets are naturally small, so they thaw quickly, and portion control is easy. Tilapia doesn’t have much taste or texture of its own, so a flavorful sauce is good. A spicy tomato-based sauce is perfect. I have also tried an excellent tilapia recipe in which the fillets are coated with a blend of Indian-style spices – curry, cinnamon, tamarind, etc., and baked.
Tilapia – 4 oz. naked fillet: 91 calories, 21g protein, 1.7g fat, 0 cholesterol
Eggs are a good source of protein as long as you stay away from the yolks. I always liked the whites best, and I have gotten over my worries about “wasting food” when I hard-boil eggs, then eat the white and throw away the yolk. The statistics say it all.
Egg white: 17 calories, 5g protein, 0.1g total fat, 0 cholesterol
Egg yolk: 54 calories, 3g protein, 4.4g total fat, 205mg cholesterol
OK, I’m stopping now.
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First of all, make sure you're aiming for a reasonable level of protein. SparkPeople says that I should be eating 60-127g of protein each day, but the FDA recommends about .4g of protein for each pound of body weight, which for me would be a daily level of about 51g. That said, there is a great fact page from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that has lots of information on protein, a chart of healthy dietary sources of protein for vegetarians, and even links to some protein-rich recipes. Here's the link: http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/protein
More in another post!
Edited by: LINDAHUTCH53 at: 6/14/2009 (10:56)
"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
Beans, tofu, textured vegetable protein. Also, anything whole grain- bread, pasta, etc. Seitan is good when you can find it. I think the most readily-available source to you would be beans. My hubby and I love to throw veggies and kidney beans into our pasta sauce. It's very filling, and adds to my veggie count for the day, plus adds lots of protein. I find myself eating less of the pasta and more of the sauce.
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Tuscan Tuna Salad (2 servings)
I know it sounds a little plain but it's actually delicious. I don't serve it in pitas like the picture.
Also, I did find a really good protein shake but didn't re-purchase before throwing out the jar so I'm also stuck now in a protein shake void - too scared to spend $20 on something that makes me want to puke. I love protein shakes as breakfast on the drive to work.
Bean lady? Kat, was it :-) Have you ever had adzuki beans? They are popular in Japanese cooking but I can't find them anywhere...
Edited by: KATY_J at: 12/31/2008 (10:10)
i'm living along the mexican border, so luckily beans are never in short supply!! i've found that i can add black, pinto, or garbanzo beans to just about any meal with success... i don't really cook with recipes, but anyone interested in adding more beans to their lives can ask me for tips on making them taste more exciting (believe me, i know it sounds boring to eat black beans 4 days a week, but i love it now that i know how i like to cook them!!)
i also have a hard boiled egg with my breakfast most mornings, and i eat 2Tbsp of peanut butter with some carrots or celery for a snack after lunch (which is also a bit fatty, but the natural kinds aren't so bad, and i consider it my "treat" for the day).
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Would you mind sharing that info with me as well. I notice by the end of the day, as I am preparing for dinner I am in need of some protein but without the fat if possible and need some suggestions! I have yet to hit my suggested amounts of protein... Thanks for your help!
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Happy Halloween! Just wondering what kinds of non-meat protein sources y'all use most often. I live in a small town with a grocery store that is pretty small and rarely has fish. My favorite is chicken seitan and morningstar chicken strips when I get the chance to get to a larger community.
I recently got some soy protein powder for a quick fix in the morning. And, the texture of the shake is almost slimy. I can hardly gag it down. My daily protein is really low & need to find some more alternatives. Anywho- have a great weekend everybody and don't forget to turn your clocks back this weekend.
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