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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

One if the things I really struggle with is getting enough protein. As a vegetarian who's committed to reducing my reliance upon overly processed foods, I have a really hard time figuring out what I can eat that's vegetarian, high protein, low carb, and not filled with chemicals and crap.

I try to have a protein heavy breakfast that includes things like Greek yogurt and Kashi or an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. Dinners usually involve some sort of vegetarian protein like seitan or quorn or tofu. Quinoa is one of my favourite things. Lunches are much harder. I've been eating protein bars, nuts, and nut butters with fruit as snacks. I love beans and eat them fairly regularly, but I have to be careful because they also count as a carb for me.

I've considered protein shakes, but have a lot of ethical requirements for the dairy I'll consume, so whey protein is iffy. I have some brown rice protein powder that I really really don't like.

What are your favourite ways to load up on protein?
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    ok...this may sound silly but my favorite ways for protein:

    1. Chocolate milk. (But REAL milk) I get mine from a local dairy and it has 10grams of protein in a cup. It gives in to my sweet cravings while letting me get my protein in; calories might be higher but I don't drink anything else but water/tea so its my splurge.

    2. Broccoli. 5 grams of protein per cup and its pretty filling.

    3. Peanut butter!

    I have others but they aren't vegetarian! LOL. Sorry! But I do love your food logic.
    1871 days ago
    Beans, beans, beans!
    1876 days ago
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    I use hemp seed in everything as well. It's a complete, easy to digest protein. I make smoothies using almond milk, fruit, flax, chia and hemp seeds. Fills me up till lunch and tastes great. I also make a big batch of steel cut oats with dates, nuts, flax, raisins, and hemp seeds on the weekend. I freeze the proper portion size into zip lock bags and can just throw them in the microwave on busy mornings (put them in a bowl first or you'll never get it out of the bag!). Good luck!
    1876 days ago
    I do the same as you, although I'm not vegetarian. Quinoa with greek yogurt is great. Nut butters and beans are also among my favourites.

    Good luck figuring this out. When you do, please post another blog with your findings and help spread the word. emoticon

    1876 days ago
    I'm in the same boat; quinoa and greek yoghurt help bulk up a lot of my protein requirements, but also flaxseed and hemp seed too - you can add into practically everything! I usually have a couple of milled table spoons in porridge, or on top of my yoghurt.
    1876 days ago
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