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3/26/13 12:01 P

Is it a texture thing with yogurt? Would mixing it in a fruit smoothie help? Or I often have light string cheese as a snack. It gets the dairy in and has protein. I've also done a serving of turkey pepperoni (though it has a lot of sodium, so I go in cycles with it).

For breakfast, I've recently been having 2 pieces of turkey bacon, one egg, and sometimes a light English muffin (making it into a sandwich). With the muffin, it is about 210 calories and has quite a bit of protein. Other times I'll do a piece of whole wheat toast with 1 TBSP of peanut butter and a banana (tasty cut up on the toast!

Fruits and veggies do have some protein. Usually a low amount (about 1 gram per serving), but they also tend to be low in calories, so that serving may only be 30 calories.

As others have said, whole grain products have more protein than their white bread counterparts, so if you begin to switch over, you may find a boost in your protein levels.

Cottage cheese is super high in protein, but I have texture issues with it!

I think the key is really to try different foods. You may discover other healthy things that you didn't know you liked. My husband wants us to try a new vegetable each week -- we eat a lot of different vegetables, so some of this will be different styles of preparation, but it helps us get a variety of things in. We both learned a few weeks ago that we really like brussels sprouts when roasted with garlic cloves.

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3/26/13 11:52 A

I like to cook extra chicken breast to use for sandwiches and salads during the week.

how about cold boiled eggs,lite cheese strings,tuna?

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3/26/13 11:48 A

Instead of protein bars you can also buy flavored protein powders and mix that into your oatmeal or into smoothies. I use it whenever I bake subbing 1/4 of the flour for protein powder.

NEWLISA2013 Posts: 69
3/26/13 11:27 A

Thanks Jenstress and RENATARUNS,
Oh ok gotcha on the fruit thing. Encouraging to eat more fruit rather than my chocolatey snacks. Is there a vitamin that helps for protein? Or is that senseless?

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3/26/13 11:20 A

Fruits don't have protein. Nuts, seeds, legumes and pulses do. (Including stuff like kidney beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, black beans, lentils, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, pecans, etc.) Grains (wheat, rice, corn etc) also have some protein -- it's a fairly negligible source for people who eat meat or lots of dairy products/eggs, but vitally important for people who do not.

NEWLISA2013 Posts: 69
3/26/13 11:16 A

Thanks JenniLacey. I will def keep all that in mind. Which fruits have protein? I do not like many. Oranges, Green Apples..that's about

I am really trying to cut back on breads. Actually I have. You wouldn't wanna see my Pasta is def a weakness of mine.

Yogurt...I cannot eat. I have tried many different ones and they just make me gag. I wish I liked them.

I LOVE CHICKEN...I would contemplate eating it everyday if my husband felt the same way. Grilled chicken breast, the thought of it makes my mouth water. Oatmeal, I may be able to eat. Maybe mix a little peanut butter in it. I love peanut butter flavor. So, that may work. As long as it doesn't up my morning calories too much. I wanna stay under 250 if possible.

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3/26/13 11:08 A

PP nailed it all. If you cut out the refined foods, you will find more room for whole and delicious, satisfying foods. Good protein sources other than chickem and fish and other lean meats are avocados, eggs, and yogurt. Greek yogurt is the best for that.

Keep trying to elimate some kind of "bad" food from your every day eating and add a "good" food. It will help expand your tastes and palette and you will start to enjoy what you eat more.

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3/26/13 11:01 A

I would begin by reducing all the refined carbs and saturated fats you're eating; white bread, white pasta, chocolate (other sweets), chips, butter, peanut butter can be healthy but it's very calorie dense and full of fat, you should try to limit it to serving size etc. And replacing them with whole grains, vegetables, legumes and fruit and lean protein.

Add some low fat plain dairy (Greek yogurt is really high in protein compared to other yogurts) and fresh fruit.

Your lean proteins include; fresh chicken, turkey, lean pork, lean beef, fish/seafood, legumes, low fat plain dairy, eggs/egg whites, whole grains have more protein than refined, certain vegetables contain more protein.

Have plain old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal instead of the protein bars, they're loaded in sugars. Add your own fresh fruit, spices, nut butter, seeds, yogurt, unsweetened applesauce etc. Or choose a whole grain, low sugar (less than 5g) cereal.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/26/2013 (11:02)
NEWLISA2013 Posts: 69
3/26/13 10:51 A

I bought some protein bars, only eat one a day (if that). I guess I could just google high protein foods huh? I am sure you all have a much better suggestion for me though. Remember, I am a very picky eater...and I have a 1200-1500 calorie range. Dinner is usually where I get all of my calories in. I haven't seemed to grasp balancing out my meals yet. I am only 5 weeks in. You can check out my nutrition and get an idea of stuff I like, although it obviously does not have the protein I need. Pay no attn to I suck at them.

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