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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