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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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4/30/13 8:19 P

I eat in the 1200 - 1400 range and don't have much trouble getting enough proteing. I eat eggs -- and add egg whites to increase the protein without increasing the calories or fats significantly (1 whole egg + 1 egg white, for example.)

I also eat low-fat cottege cheese a lot. That has lots of protein for the calories. Tuna is another big one for me -- very low calories for the protein. Plain chicken breast is another food with a lot of protein while being low calorie and low fat.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
4/30/13 12:31 P

getting enough protein on 1200 calories of mostly-not-meat is a real challenge! I struggle with this.

How about fish? Canned tuna? Low calorie/lean protein source...

Cheese (in moderation because it is so calorie-dense)

What I do is try and make sure I have some sort of protein at every meal. I eat a lot of eggs. I eat a lot of yogurt. I top my salads with beans or cheese or sliced meat (or all of the above).

It is challenging for sure! I really have to pay attention! But like you, I am not interested in "protein powders" - though I might consider chia or flax or wheat germ....

ANNAFRECKER SparkPoints: (0)
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4/30/13 12:06 P

greek yoghurt, nonfat milk, egg whites, make sure your evening meal is loaded with protein if that is your only time to eat meat. I am eating arount 120-130 g protein a day with around 1500 calories, sometimes more. Each meal and snack I eat have at least 10 g protein and that really helps keep my blood sugar where it should be. Pairing complex carbs with protein also keeps me full so that I can eat a little less, especially since I workout A LOT! Protein is so important for keeping your muscle mass and your immune system strong and your blood sugar levels stable. You don't need 120 g like me but make sure you definitely get enough throughout the day. Good luck!

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4/30/13 12:02 P

Oh, and some brands/types of beans you can buy "no salt added" or "reduced sodium" in the cans

AFCANTRELL SparkPoints: (27,661)
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4/30/13 12:01 P

yogurt, eggs, beans

organic greek yogurt has the most protein.. look at the labels and compare.

mixing egg whites in with whole eggs adds protein, but lessens total fat consumed.

EATENBYSHARKS SparkPoints: (1,523)
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4/30/13 11:56 A

I try to get close to 1200 but I usually over. It is between 1200 and 1500. Do you know what beans are best for protein? I usually get canned black beans but then are kind of high in sodium and every time I try to make them from dried beans, it never turns out.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
4/30/13 11:42 A

Beans are a great protein source. Tofu. Tempeh.

But I also would like to point out that sticking strictly to 1200 might not be reasonable. What is your range? Sometimes you will eat more, sometimes you will eat less.

4/30/13 11:29 A

Add an egg or egg whites to a meal, add hard boil eggs for pairing with salads or as a midday snack, add cheese or use Quinoa. Quinoa can be added to stir fry veggies, eaten like rice, Quinoa is a whole protein

EATENBYSHARKS SparkPoints: (1,523)
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4/30/13 11:23 A

I usually eat peanut butter in the morning. I only eat meat once a day, at dinner.
Everything else is basically fruit and veggies.
How do I keep my 1200 calorie diet but get enough protein?
I don't know how much protein powder costs, but at this point, I can't buy any.

Any ideas of how to add protein to my diet with little calories?

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