Hello! There are many good suggestions here, but if you are like me, I need a replacement for the carbs i am used to eating. So here is my 2 cents. :)
Grate cauliflower on the large holes of a grater to replace rice. I use it in a stir fry with other low carb veggies and some marinated tofu. Also, steam chunks of cauliflower and mash for a potato replacement.
If you usually eat oats, I have found that chia seeds soaked in a sugar free chocolate or vanilla almond milk is a good alternative. I do eat this cold with a little unsweetened coconut. It's a good breakfast, with a pudding like consistency.
Smoothies. Everyone's suggested it. They're the best. I use whey protein since I am not vegan, but there are a lot of options, and some health food stores will have single serve packets so you can try them out without having to buy a huge canister of stuff you can't stand.
There are a lot of veggies, (broccoli included) that actually have a significant amount of protein. If you eat a variety of colorful foods, your protein needs should not be an issue.
Have a plant strong day!
current weight: 175.0
Fitness Minutes: (80) Posts: 41 6/21/11 2:47 A
I suggest you check out the VegTV podcast (also known as delicioustv.com) - she has some great recipes. One in particular is a tempeh "roast" that is super simple and delicious! A great way to add in more protein.
How many "net carbs" can you have in a meal? I don't know how low you are supposed to go with carbs, but I have been keeping it around 10-25 per meal by following the vegetarian version of The Four Hour Body.
My protein mainly comes from beans, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and eggs. Different beans have different ratios of carbs to protein. I eat at least 1/2 cup cooked beans with every meal.
Sometimes I eat almonds or tofu. I eat Boca/Morningstar products but they aren't recommended for my plan and they do have grain or soy in them.
Quinoa was already suggested, but isn't a part of my plan.
My meal tracker is vegetarian on weekdays only, but you are welcome to look at it if you want ideas.
Edited by: HUSKERSALAD at: 6/19/2011 (22:58)
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I agree with ChubbyVegan...while protein is important and essential I think we tend to go overboard. I use a lot of quinoa as well. Excellent substitute for rice. Eggs are a good protein source if you choose to eat them. Boca and Morningstar offer many products that are veg. and mostly soy based. Beans, peanut/almond/cashew butter,tofu and,as always there are many resources on the internet as well. Are you using a B-12 supplement? It is an important supplement if you do not eat meat or dairy. You may want to discuss this with your practitioner. Best of luck!
current weight: 197.5
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quinoa is a seed that is very high in protein and delious, I cook with it alot. Also beans of all shapes and sizes are great, as are nuts. Americans think they need alot more protein then the body really needs. If you are eating a whole food plant bases diet without alot of empty calories you are doing good!
Fitness Minutes: (3,129) Posts: 6 5/31/11 8:20 A
I'm eating Vegan Paleo right now which is a really low carb diet.... pretty much since I don't eat meat I'm stuck with nuts and seeds since beans and soy are off limits on this particular diet. Definitely not a diet that I could sustain for more than the three week challenge I'm taking part of. But look at nuts, seeds, and beans and soy for many of your protein needs.
You could also try brown rice protein powder.... even though it's rice it's low in carbs and high in protein. It's a little chalky but mixed in a smoothie it helps to keep my protein up.
Edited by: DANETTE1243 at: 6/5/2011 (18:56)
Fitness Minutes: (182,161) Posts: 2,028 5/24/11 10:47 A
Hi everyone. I need some ideas about how to eat LOW CARB (doc's recommendation) while also getting enough protein. I have had about all I can take of DAIRY...and would rather stay completely away from dairy...But I feel like there aren't many alternatives out there. Can you help? I am also currently (first thirty days) staying away from grains...whole or otherwise. Thanks for your guidance!!
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