What's an easy way to get more *protein* into my diet?

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Emerald17

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 13:06
I'm a stay-at-home mom who's always on the go. I need healthier snacks that have more protein in them. Can you guys suggest some good ones for me? Suggestions with foods I can stock up on at home as well as ones I can carry in my bag and diaper bags would be really helpful. Thanks!
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cas2414

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 13:13
Slim Fast Shakes, or Special K Shakes, or Specail K Protein bars. Good stuff.
Mayple

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 13:14
beef jerky!!!! your story sounds a lot like mine, jerky is my favorite go to snack. its can be stored in your diaper bag and doesn't spoil. tons of protein and low on fat and carbs. it has lots of sodium but if your working out sweating a lot, i wouldn't worry about it!
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KK89

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 13:19
protein powder? I put one scoop in a plastic bag and keep them in my backpack. the brand I use is called LeanFit, I think I got it from Costco. It was $35 and it was a monster sized container. It has very low sugar and carbs, 25g of protein and 120cals per scoop. and its chocolate! and wont spoil. I shake mine up in my regular water bottle.

Second favorite is TURKEY PEPPERONI! its delicious.
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Emerald17

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 13:36
Excellent! Thanks guys!
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forzego

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 13:38
"Pure Protein" bars. This brand slaps about 20 grams of protein into your body and most of the flavors taste good. Note: Will need water or other drink to help wash it down. They are easy to found in most stores from Walmart to Costco to Albertsons to The Vitamin Shoppe. Buy 'em by the box to save a little money.
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gnat824

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 14:02
I say go for REAL food and only use the processed stuff in a pinch. Cottage cheese, greek yogurt, milk, chicken breast, tuna, salmon, eggs, edamame....all great at home. For away from home, nuts are great go-to, as are the beef jerky and pepperoni stick suggestions. Or stick a piece of string cheese in your bag when you head out. Those protein bars and cereal bars are loaded with sugar, so watch out! Good once in a while but don't rely on them everyday. You are ALWAYS better getting nutrition from real food as opposed to supplements, no matter which form they take.
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lisakp71

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 14:06
If you have one of those little insulated bottle bags for your diaper bag (the kind that have an inner pocket for an ice pack), use it to carry snack stuff! KK89's right, turkey pepperoni is AWESOME, especially paired with a light string cheese. Warning: you'll probably have to fight your kids for that snack, bring plenty. Smile

I also have a favorite protein powder, but mine are fruit flavors (Syntrax Nectar in both Carribean Cooler - use waaay more water than it says for that one - and Pink Grapefruit. Bought from netrition.com and luckyvitamin.com). 1 scoop is 0 carbs, 100 calories, 23g protein; I personally don't feel so weighted down by the fruit varieties as I do by the shake-type flavors. Probably all in my head! Laughing
Nimm

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 14:10
I'd recommend against Pure Protein bars - and most protein bars in general, for that matter. You'll find "hydrolyzed collagen" on the ingredient list for most of them. That's contributing heavily to the supposed 20 or 30g of protein in each bar, and as you might imagine, hydrolyzed collagen is not a great protein - it's got a lousy amino acid profile, in fact. It's, well...collagen. Pretty gross, imo.

I do have a serious Quest Bar habit though. No collagen involved; just whey. The downside for the better ingredient list is that they're a little pricier, but well worth it in my opinion.
JJisFit4AA

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Posted: 25 Jan 2012, 15:13
I use whey protein isolate powder which has zero carbs and zero fat. I mix it in water and I have 25 grams of protein without getting full. I usually use it before and after my workout. There are several brands, Isopure has one, and I'm currently using ISO 100. I love it!
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gogreen86

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 10:58
My favorites: 0% oikos greek yogurt from stonyfield. It's organic so that makes me happy. I take hard boiled egg whites with me sometimes, put them in a small cooler pack in my diaper bag and snack on them when I get hungry. Also, here is a phenomenal recipe for oatmeal protein pancakes. Super easy ingredients are cottage cheese, oatmeal and egg whites. You throw it all in the blender with a little cinnamon and vanilla and that's it! Low calorie and high protein for the morning. I know what you mean by adding more protein to your diet it can be difficult. I breast feed still and have a high amount of muscle mass so my body craves it. If I don't start out right in the morning by eating it + getting a great big dose of carbs...I'm starving and eating crap by the end of the day. Here is the recipe:

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-cottage-cheese-pancakes-43072
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Nehiyaw

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 11:24
I'm with JJ on the whey isolate. That stuff is the best and mixes well with water. Also try costco's pre mixed 250ml muscle milk light. I'm on the go and they are nice to grab and run or throw in your pocket. A case of 24 is $26.
FranniePoo

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 15:41
I have been wondering how to get more protein, too... these were all very helpful suggestions!
Gallimh

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 16:14
@Nimm, I just followed the link you posted to the Quest Bar and those bars have about 25g of carbs with an illustration that claims they have 2g of "active carbs". What on earth are 'active carbs'? And if only 2g are real carbs, then what the heck are the remaining 23g? Apologies for my ignorance in the science of carbohydrates Smile
Nimm

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 16:55
Gallimh-

The 23g are fiber, which (this is a little oversimplification) aren't digested, and so they aren't (directly) used for energy by the body. The 2g of non-fiber carbs that are digestible are what they are calling the "active" carbs.

Food producers will include fiber in the total carbohydrates on a nutrition label, but for those who limit the carbs in their diets, dietary fiber doesn't really "count."
Gallimh

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 18:13
Lovely, thanks Nimm for the clarification! Is there any way (in general) to tell from nutrition labels how many "active" carbs they have? Oh wait, is this what people refer to as "net carbs"? Thanks!
Nacho!

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Posted: 26 Jan 2012, 18:43
Nimm wrote:
Gallimh-

The 23g are fiber, which (this is a little oversimplification) aren't digested, and so they aren't (directly) used for energy by the body. The 2g of non-fiber carbs that are digestible are what they are calling the "active" carbs.

Food producers will include fiber in the total carbohydrates on a nutrition label, but for those who limit the carbs in their diets, dietary fiber doesn't really "count."


Fiber, well thats not so bad...But also watch out for 'sugar alcohols' in a lot of protein bars. They are reported not to affect your blood sugar levels so dont 'count'. But just like artificial sweeteners I assume they will trick your body into having a reaction to sugar even if there is none. Also, on one protein bar package I decided not to buy, it had a warning that too much sugar alcohol could lead to digestion problems if consumed too often..Im on the fence now about the whole 'net carbs' claim. I always choose real food if I just bring a padded lunch box cooler. Make lots of extra portions when you cook dinners, so they can go in small meal sized tupperwares, ready to go into your bag in 5 seconds as you rush out the door.
FranniePoo

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Posted: 30 Jan 2012, 11:24
I am loving turkey pepperoni! Decided to give it a try. it's very good with my string cheese. Smile
bankergal

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Posted: 30 Jan 2012, 21:47
I like hard boiled eggs, string cheese, chicken tenders, greek yogurt, cottage cheese,and Whey protein powder. I need 105 grams of protein a day. Most of the time I have difficulty getting that. I do not like keeping track of everything, but when I don't, I don't loose.
Ingria

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Posted: 31 Jan 2012, 00:28
Natalie already mentioned tuna and salmon. I would like to attract your attention to canned sardines. Not a staple in American diet any more, however they are very nutritious, and unlike other fish also contain lots of calcium. No mercury scare either. Try adding them to salads and sandwiches. Did I mention that they are relatively cheap?
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