Need ideas for more PROTEIN please!

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Emerald17

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:14
I'm trying to leave out as much carbs as possible this time around. Can you guys give me some ideas for more protein that I can add to my diet? Chicken worked well for me before, but I'm kind of tired of it. Other than meat and fish...what else can I take in?
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erwinwarrior...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:20
fat free yogurt, lowfat cottage cheese; eggs & egg whites; GNC Total Lean shakes;

increase your fiber also.
My journey started May 15, 2013 at 260 pounds with Weight Watchers. I'm continuing with this wonderful lifestyle plan and support program, and am now adding Fat Secret calorie tracking to what I am already doing. I can now use both in reaching my goal weight and then to ensure I don't return to the unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits I'm working so hard to discard permanently.

One day at a time, one pound at a time. I am CAPABLE and CAN DO IT !!!


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Emerald17

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:23
Oh wow! I didn't realize yogurt and cottage cheese were considered protein! Thanks! What kinds of fiber do you recommend?
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etkfxrwife

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:23
tuna salad w/mayo
shrimp salad
ground turkey and sausage meatballs
beef tenderloin (but $$) - I supplement with shrimp and have a surf and turf
cessna172dri...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:24
Tuna
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etkfxrwife

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:27
Watch the dairy for carbs - I don't know what your goals are. Chia seeds are really good fiber.
If you're not severely restricted carbs then roasted edamame is really good too
erwinwarrior...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:32
I've been eating more vegetables; Wasa's FiberCrisp, and the 100% whole wheat sandwich thins have fiber too. Carbs are involved there too, but more fiber cuts down their impact.
My journey started May 15, 2013 at 260 pounds with Weight Watchers. I'm continuing with this wonderful lifestyle plan and support program, and am now adding Fat Secret calorie tracking to what I am already doing. I can now use both in reaching my goal weight and then to ensure I don't return to the unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits I'm working so hard to discard permanently.

One day at a time, one pound at a time. I am CAPABLE and CAN DO IT !!!


My ticker is not always consistent with my actual weight...
Sunny State

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:36
Beans in any kind, also soy beans and soy products like tofu.
Hoser

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 13:39
One of my favorite protein supplies is the phrase "topped with a poached egg". I can poach an egg in one minute in the microwave and toss it on top of veggie dishes, oatmeal (probably not on your menu), etc.

My favorite fiber source is fresh raspberries. I prefer to get my nutrients from natural foods rather than food products or supplements.
northernmusi...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:02
Careful with fat free items including yogurt. If you see fat free, the next thing you should immediately check is the amount of sugar. Often one is traded out for the other.

One serving of a lot of fat free yogurt has more sugar (read carbohydrate) than a serving of fruit loops. An unsweetened plain yogurt is good, but since it is made from milk, you're looking at nearly equal amounts of carbohydrate and protein to start with. Try a few protien milkshakes. The premixed ones are often lower in carbs and high in protein and some of them actually taste like a desert. I have one normally about every other day as hitting the amount of protein I'm shooting for would have me eating huge amounts of fish/beef/chicken. Water packed tuna is great as stated before and eggs. There is a lot you can do with an egg. Beans are another one that is often touted as a protein, but again, it's about 50% carb as well. If you're considering a food, add it into fat secret just to see what the protein/carb levels are.

Processed meats also include a lot of flour as a filler. It also helps retain the fat for flavour. I hope that's discouraging. Almost anything that is processed with have added sugar, flour, or high fructose corn syrup. Read the labels of everything when you're in the store, not when you get it home.
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northernmusi...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:04
Someone mentioned tofu. It's good (I just don't like) and has a carb to protein ratio of 1:4
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BeckyB5

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:10
I enjoy starting my day with a flavored Greek yogurt. A serving (150g) is packed with about 12g protein. Cottage cheese and cheese sticks are also good for a quick snack. Sometimes I make quick meals out of a small package of tuna--just add a squeeze of mayo and relish and you have tuna salad. I mix it and eat it right from the package. Fat-free refried beans with some Mexican cheese blend sprinkled on top is another protein-packed dish. Eggs are a great source of protein, but I tire of them quickly. I was surprised to recently discover that milk has the same amount of protein whether it's skim, 1% or 2% (at least the organic milk I buy).

And if you have time to make a smoothie, here's my favorite: 1 (150g) strawberry Greek yogurt, 1/2 c. skim milk, 1/2 c. frozen strawberries, 1 Tbsp. vanilla protein powder of your choice (I use Isopure zero carb from GNC). This is about 36 g protein! Smile
liv001

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:13
Instead of increasing protein when you are cutting carbs you should increase fat.
Emerald17

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:17
liv001 wrote:
Instead of increasing protein when you are cutting carbs you should increase fat.


Really??? Why is that?
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brised

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:30
Protein? Tuna, hard boiled or poached eggs (better egg preps), quinoa, chicken, chia seed (complete protein, great fiber), unsweetened greek yogurt.

Adjust the carbs, you need them - fruits and veggies, less breads. Get a Nutribullet for smoothies (spinach, strawberries, blueberries, pears, apples, celery, carrots, bananas - figure out combos you enjoy but balance based on your need. If you lack time for prep for smoothie - pre-portion everything for a week at one time.

As liv001 said, make sure to get some good fats. Sunflower seeds, flax seed, olive oil.

Water and tea - no alcohol.

These have all been my staples and combined with running - down 21lbs since new year.
brised

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:34
Emerald17 wrote:
liv001 wrote:
Instead of increasing protein when you are cutting carbs you should increase fat.


Really??? Why is that?


You need fat to help with burning fat and building muscle. Everything in moderation.
liv001

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:36
Emerald17 wrote:
liv001 wrote:
Instead of increasing protein when you are cutting carbs you should increase fat.


Really??? Why is that?


depends a bit on what your intent is with cutting carbs but if you are doing it to stabilize blood sugar and control appetite that way you do not want to overdo protein. Fat on the other hand will have very little impact and is safe to eat.
pdgiven

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:41
As a veggie - or pescatarian! - I swear by Quorn products for taste, variety, high protein and low calorific intake - just the job for me this past 10 years or so! Give it a go! I also take a high protein shake in the mornings using berries, whey and 250mls skimmed milk - it's a great low calorie/high protein start to the day and the berries have all sorts of goodies packed in!

Good luck with the diet!
Kris AZ

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 14:43
Stonyfield organic nonfat greek yogurt has 9 g carbs, 23 g protein, and 130 calories per 8 oz. what do you want your percentages of fat, protein, and carbs to be?
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erwinwarrior...

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Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 15:28
I like peanut butter also, I use the Simply Jif brand which is lower in sugar. Have used that brand for years, even before trying to lose weight, and now regular peanut butter tastes funny.
My journey started May 15, 2013 at 260 pounds with Weight Watchers. I'm continuing with this wonderful lifestyle plan and support program, and am now adding Fat Secret calorie tracking to what I am already doing. I can now use both in reaching my goal weight and then to ensure I don't return to the unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits I'm working so hard to discard permanently.

One day at a time, one pound at a time. I am CAPABLE and CAN DO IT !!!


My ticker is not always consistent with my actual weight...



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