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SKITTLESINSOCKS SparkPoints: (10,799)
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2/4/12 6:06 P

Maybe a taco salad?

I would use several leaves of romaine lettuce, some whole kernel corn, black beans, salsa, and nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Add just a few corn tortilla chips if you feel like you need some crunch, or if they have too much fat make some baked ones. Weigh each ingredient before you add it to your bowl to make SparkPeople's nutrition tracker more accurate.

I am not a vegetarian myself, so I usually add about 50g of shredded lean chicken to my salads...

You can see some of my sample salads- my nutrition tracker is public on my SparkPage. I had salad for snack on February 3rd & 4th.

MOMMA2X6 Posts: 711
2/4/12 8:25 A

I LOVE my scale and the recipe calculator. . . . you can calculate the calories in just about any recipe. Just put in all the ingredients by weight or by volume, then weigh the final "product". My sons have gotten so used to me doing this that they won't take anything out of the serving bowl or off the platter until they ask "Mom, have you weighed this?" :)

It really does work! The digital scale was about $20 and it was a great investment in my desire to monitor what I eat.

So far as recipes go, if you are already comfortable with cooking, use the recipe calculator and see where you are starting. I still eat a lot of the same things I did before--sometimes just a little less. Of course, this is just me, but I would eat until my mind caught up with my stomach being full (that is about 20 minutes) and I can eat a lot in 20 minutes. If I slow down as I eat and actually STOP at the appropriate amount of calories, in a few minutes, my brain will catch up with my stomach and I am ok.

Hope this helps and makes sense. Let us know how you are doing.

PEGSTOLZ SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/12 8:22 P

We like quick and simple recipes at our house. I have been shopping about once a week and buying whatever fresh veggies and fruits are on sale or reasonably priced, then sometimes combine one or two frozen or canned and drained ones with those, many different combos. Basically I stir fry or saute the veggies in about 1 T. of olive oil or canola oil. Our favorites:
fresh or jarred and minced garlic
chopped or sliced onions or green onions
sliced carrots, red pepper, &/or green pepper
Then add:
asparagus pieces (cut off the tough end first, then pieces are about 1 - 2 inches)
fresh green beans
zucchini or yellow squash slices
fresh broccoli and/or cauliflower florets
baby bok choy
sliced green cabbage

If I want an Italian flavor, then I add some Italian seasonings. If I want an Asian flavoring, I add soy sauce OR teriyaki sauce. You could also add an Asian-style chili sauce, sweet sour, or sesame dressing. There are Asian barbecue sauces too. Use your imagination or look at some recipes online.
The Asian flavors also go very well with rice, chicken, shrimp, pork, or beef.
The Italian ones go well with any of those also but I tend to make that flavor with a roast pork tenderloin or steak.
You can also add the thinly sliced meats to the stirfry but I would start the garlic and onions and carrots, then remove them temporarily, cooking the meat, then adding the veggies back in after that for as long as you like. Season with a tiny bit of salt and pepper if you like.
For fruit, I like to buy something fresh but I also keep dried, frozen,and canned fruits, plenty of cool whip, vanilla or plain yogurt, around. I like fruit on oatmeal, in yogurt, smoothies, or just in cool whip, maybe I will put it in pancakes or crepes or waffles too.

KSANDIEGO SparkPoints: (8,680)
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2/2/12 12:28 P

I posted a black bean & cauliflower burrito - its packed with protein and is vegetarian.

1/31/12 12:22 P

Eggs are very high in protein, but if you have a cholesterol problem, use very sparingly. I drink soy milk and use it in recipes. Beans are a good meat substitute and you can make great chili without meat. Also tacos, and other traditionally meat dishes, can be made with beans instead. Some beans have higher protein value than others, so find a list and use them. I'm using Dr. Gott's No Sugar No Flour diet and cookbook, so it has lots of low carb recipes. Check the SparkPeople Recipes for many great recipes. They have the nutritional panels so you can see how much protein you are getting for the number of calories. And portion control is important. When you are eating less refined carbs, like sugar and flour, you don't have cravings, so you can actually eat less and feel full longer. Life isn't about chance so I won't wish you luck. It's about choice, so I'll wish you courage.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/30/12 1:32 P

There are plenty vegetarian recipes on sparkrecipes. Do you NOT eat beans? That's an excellent source of protein. :)

GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
1/30/12 12:40 P

I am a vegetarian and Indian....finding difficult to calculate calories for the foods I eat...

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/28/12 7:38 P

Check out for ideas. I think you'll be able to find stuff you'd like much more successfully. Fish, beans, white meat chicken, pork tenderloin are some examples of lean proteins. Soy, as well. :)

GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
1/28/12 3:00 P

Please send recipes to maintain 1500 calories per day with lean protein

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