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STARREYD3 SparkPoints: (14,520)
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7/31/13 9:47 A

I've found that cottage cheese and greek yogurt work well for breakfasts and morning snacks and that nuts and nut butters work well for afternoon snacks and lunches. Try adding hummus, beans, or cheese to your lunch. I don't really eat meat so this was a challenge for me at first, as well. Lentils and beans are also very high in protein as well. To get to 80 g, you might want to consider shrimp or another sort of fish. Shrimp is loaded with protein with a very small amount of calories and no fat! Feel free to check out my meal planner for ideas, if you like. Hope this helps!

DEIDRESH SparkPoints: (22,360)
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7/31/13 9:38 A

I had the same problem. I started eating the non-fat greek yogurt. one serving can contain up to 12g of protein. I also use the plain nonfat greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream, to me they taste very similar so it blends in nicely and you get extra protein.

KPA1B2 Posts: 786
7/31/13 8:44 A

Yes, it's because of cholesterol. I'm reading about it. I know that when I do track my cholesterol it is within range. I'm trying to avoid taking yet another pill.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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7/30/13 9:43 P

Why does your doctor tell you not to eat eggs? If it's because of the cholesterol you need to find a new doctor. He's seriously outdated

LGREGG07 SparkPoints: (44,917)
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7/30/13 4:04 P

edamame is another good source of protein. so are nuts (watch portion sizes), beans, meat, cheese, Greek yogurt, chickpeas, eggs, cottage cheese, peanut butter, tofu, fish, shrimp, soybeans (different than edamame), milk, as well as a variety of vegetables.

KPA1B2 Posts: 786
7/30/13 3:24 P

My dr. tells me to not eat eggs. I so miss a hard boiled egg!

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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7/30/13 12:24 P

Any form of dead animal with each meal.

Plain Greek Yogurt and Cottage cheese are quick ways to get protein at breakfast without needing to cook anything. Although eggs do only take about 2 mins in a microwave.

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7/30/13 12:06 P


KPA1B2 Posts: 786
7/30/13 12:02 P

I so struggle with this! I have protein with every meal but breakfast. It's something I need to work on.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,332)
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7/30/13 10:48 A

Are you asking what are the sources most dense in protein? If so, that would be:
lean poultry
egg whites
extra lean beef
less lean meats
greek yogurt
whole eggs

7/30/13 9:56 A

oh yes I add almond milk so it will blend... no measurements

7/30/13 9:55 A

Lately in this hot weather I have been doing smoothies with whey protein, mixed berries 2 cups, avocado.... I am using chocolate whey protein. 2 scoops.. tastes better than a milk shake..

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/30/13 9:45 A

Tuna, cheese, cottage cheese, chicken, nuts.

I usually start the day with a smoothie, I often used protein powder for ease, but I've used cottage cheese before which is very high protein and a cup will give you about 30g of protein.

Then my snacks are fruit + protein (usually cheese)

Lunch always has a protein, whether leftovers, a salad with tuna/chicken or a sandwich

And dinner will be chicken, pork or beef and sometimes fish/seafood.

7/30/13 7:50 A

Obviously lean meats are a good source of protein, but some people don't like the taste of meat. Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, as are nuts and beans and tofu. Combine any of those with some healthy whole grains and you have a pretty good source of protein.

Also, this has worked well for me: go to Costco or some place like that and buy a bag of white fish fillets like mahi mahi. They're individually frozen and very versatile and amazingly high in protein. You can broil or grill or bake one or two at a time, and Spark Recipes has lots of good ways to prepare them. I'm always impressed with how much flavor and protein you can get out of 4 oz of fish. If you're a little squeamish about fish, like I am, they're perfect; they don't have to be trimmed or filleted, they're just little sections ready to go.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,308
7/30/13 7:48 A

I went to take a quick peek at your Nutrition Tracker but it's set to private. Which is okay. But it would be easier for folks to make suggestions if they could see what types of protein you already eat, and in what quantities. Depending on how much protein you eat now-- it could be a simple matter of increasing the portion size a little, of whatever meat you eat at dinner. And/or adding some cheese and beans (chickpeas, kidney beans etc) and nuts to your salads. A serving of yogurt at snack. A slice of cheese to a sandwich. Peanut butter on crackers for a snack, or hummus with carrot sticks.

I saw a post from Dietician Becky once, where she talked about breaking up your protein requirement over the course of the day. So for example, if you aimed for 20 gr at each meal, and then 2 snacks of 10 gr each-- you'd total 80 for the day.

DIANNEMTARPY SparkPoints: (10,488)
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7/30/13 6:56 A


Does anyone have any tips on how to increase protein intake? My Doctor has asked me to increase my protein to greater than 80 grams a day. I am finding it difficult to hit that goal. Thank you.


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