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HAVE-MERCY
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11/2/10 7:05 A

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kashi bars, whole grains



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9/11/10 4:24 P

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I have the same problem too, and I am a meat eater! I have supplemented my diet with a Zone bar for my afternoon snack, and after a workout I go to Smoothie King and get a Gladiator. Only 185 calories and 45 grams of protein!


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9/8/10 8:11 P

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Favorite quick proteins. Vac packed wild caught salmon. size varies from 2.75 oz up to 6 oz. depends on if I am fixing my lunch or dinner for 2. Also, I get dry roast almonds. I keep them in my desk and in my car. usually 4 almonds will do. if I am really hungry, I have a limit of 10 almonds. If we are having beef, I get 97% lean ground. There is almost no fat in it for prep, so I will brown in a sear pan, and add veggies with extra liquid. It satisfies my desire for occasional beef. I use lots of variety of dry beans. They provide great protein and good carbs. I love tuna, but limit my consumption due to possible heavy metals exposure. Never the lightest or albacore for that reason. I use soy milk on oatmeal or Kashi (which also has lots of protein). For a quick start if I am in a rush, I will have a scoop of whey protein powder in skim or light soy milk. I have turkey most days in my lunch salad. Weigh everything these days. I like Fat Free cottage cheese and fat free un-flavored / plain yogurt. Good as a complimentary protein with grains or beans. I get Brownberry high protein bread (or their high fiber bread) depending on my needs. I love eggs, I hard boil a dozen at a time. On salads, I chop one whole HB egg and 2 whites only. my dogs are delighted to get an egg yoke. same with scrambled. One whole and 2 whites. With scrambled, I add onions, bell peppers, and a spoon of home made salsa. That avoids all the sodium.


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MOMKAT4310
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9/8/10 8:01 P

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Favorite quick proteins: Vac packed wild caught salmon, size varies from 2.75 oz up to 6 oz. Depends on if I am fixing my lunch or dinner for 2. Also, I get dry roast almonds. I keep them in my desk and in my car. Usually 4 almonds will do. If I am really hungry, I have a limit of 10 almonds. If we are having beef, I get 97% lean ground. There is almost no fat in it for prep, so I will brown in a sear pan, and add veggies with extra liquid. It will make a very lean meat sauce or meatloaf - depending on what you add. It satisfies my desire for occasional beef. I use lots of variety of dry beans. They provide great protein and complex carbs. I love tuna, but limit my consumption due to possible heavy metals exposure. Never the lightest or albacore for that reason. I use soy milk on oatmeal or Kashi (which also has lots of protein) & in coffee. For a quick start if I am in a rush, I will have a scoop of whey protein powder in a cup of skim or light soy milk. I have lean white turkey breast most days in my lunch salad. Weigh everything these days. I like Fat Free cottage cheese and fat free un-flavored / plain yogurt. Good as a complimentary protein with grains or beans. I get Brownberry high protein bread (or their high fiber bread) depending on my needs. I love eggs, I hard boil a dozen at a time. On salads, I chop one whole HB egg and 2 whites only. my dogs are delighted to get an egg yoke. same with scrambled. One whole and 2 whites. With scrambled, I add onions, bell peppers, and a spoon of home made salsa. That avoids all the sodium in commercial salsa. Tofu is good too. From very soft to extra firm, different textures for different needs. I use my George Foreman grill for a variety of white ocean fish, and boneless chicken or turkey. On the electric grill I can quickly add extras for my DH, and have my made differently if I choose. We do kabobs on the grill too.

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SIXTEES
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9/6/10 7:28 P

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Tuna is one of my favorite things - I chop a little onion, maybe some celery, add a little chopped sweet pickle or relish and then some Hellman's Light mayo - and I have this on toast in the morning or at lunch. Also egg salad. I love to find some of this in the refrigerator for a quick healthy lunch or snack.



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DELIRIUM874
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9/2/10 10:57 A

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Just noticed your comment about almond portions. I'm like you! I will eat a whole container of nuts if I have the option! The pre-portioned packs are nice, but they are more expensive. So, as soon as I get home with almonds or any other nuts I portion them into snack baggies so I know I can grab one and throw it into my purse, lunch bag, ets. Or, if I'm sitting home, I can grab just one baggie to snack on instead of taking the whole container to the family room. I do this with crackers and pretzels (if I buy them) as well.

Try it! Hope it helps!

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9/1/10 11:35 A

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This week I splurged on Snickers Marathon Protein bars. They're pretty good, and about 21g of protein per bar.


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8/28/10 12:19 P

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cheese eggs milk peanut butter nuts..theres LOTS of things!!
yogurt..

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DELIRIUM874
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8/24/10 6:46 P

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Hey! Great question! I don't eat a lot of meat myself. I do eat a lot of high protein grains. Quinoa and amaranth are FULL of protein! (about 9 grams per cup in quinoa, amaranth, I've never gotten a straight figure, it seems to vary greatly, but is almost double that of quinoa from what I've found)

Look at the protein content of different breads, they vary greatly, your oatmeal (if you eat it) or cereal in the morning, look for higher levels there. Nuts are a good source of protein as well as beans.

Good luck!

-- Nicole


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2QUILTS4ME
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8/18/10 12:25 P

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I had a friend who used to pay her child to package up her snacks and things. That way she didn't have to be tempted but she could still buy the items in bulk and at cheaper prices than the prepacked things. She also said he was very precise at counting, weighing and measuring. Just a thought if you can find someone who will do it for you it might be a way out! I also use peanut butter,and almond butter (yum), eggs, cheese(love those light babybels) canned salmon and tuna for protein.

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MOLKATSMOM
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8/18/10 9:28 A

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Ugh...the mindless eating is the WORST!!! I do that, too. I'll be munching on something and then I'll look down and it's gone and I don't even remember ENJOYING it while I stuffed it in my face! It's all about deliberate eating.....

I'm determined to find these 100 Calorie packs of almonds. That would be heaven on earth :-)

Have a great day!!!!!!!

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LORIFWP
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8/17/10 2:05 P

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Almonds are one of my favorite too! I can eat a whole container if I don't pay attention. That's my problem- eating when i don't really realize I'm eating (and when I am not really hungry). I'm working on my MBA and if I have snacks around I'll end up muching my way through my homework without even realizing it.

ēďIf you donít like something, change it. If you canít change it, change your attitude. Donít complain.Ē ~Maya Angelou


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MOLKATSMOM
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8/17/10 1:36 P

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I love all that....and I do add that to my daily diet. It's just crazy to me b/c all my years doing Weight Watchers, I never had to worry about protein. It was always Calories/Fat/Fiber. I was actually pretty surprised that I wasn't getting enough fiber b/c I eat a lot of oatmeal, veggies and fruits, etc. I'm just trying to figure out some cool new way to get that protein # in. It's harder than I ever imagined!!!

And, as far as almonds....I almost have to avoid them b/c eating just one serving is near impossible for me. I'm not restrained enough (yet!) to be able to eat one portion. I have been looking for the new 100 calorie pack almonds, but I've been unlucky in my search :-(

Thanks so much for the feedback :-)


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LORIFWP
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8/17/10 12:38 P

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How do you feel about eggs? Eggs, in moderation of course, are actually good for you. Also dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese) has protein as do nuts (especially almonds). Some of the protein bars are not bad tasting.How about beans?

ēďIf you donít like something, change it. If you canít change it, change your attitude. Donít complain.Ē ~Maya Angelou


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MOLKATSMOM
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8/17/10 11:17 A

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Help! I'm consistently not getting enough protein in my daily numbers. I don't like to eat meat (every once in awhile I will, but it's not my first choice. I'm not a vegetarian, I just don't like meat.) and I'm not a fan of tofu. So, I need some ideas for ways to get more protein (no powders, please!) Suggestions?!?

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