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How Do You Reach Your Daily Protein Requirement?

Friday, July 29, 2011

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SparkPeople set my daily protein goal between 60 - 149 grams. I'm allergic to eggs but besides that I eat protein at every meal. Since I've been a member of SP, nearly 7 weeks, there have only been a few days that I met my protein requirement.

What do you eat or how do you meet your protein requirement?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  • no profile photo CD6572876
    Beans, oatmeal, lean steaks, chicken and tuna but I also drink a body by VI shake it's awesome!!
    2316 days ago
    I often have Greek yogurt for breakfast, and that stays with me for hours. I also like to have some low-fat turkey or ham around for snacking (I might wrap a little around some Laughing Cow low-fat cheese). I have had blood sugar issues all my life, so have to make sure to have protein and fat at every meal and snack. I also eat Kind nut bars, or will have some turkey meatballs in the fridge for snacking. Hardboiled eggs are good too, and cottage cheese. I also make black bean salad as a staple (as a side, over greens for a lunch salad, etc.) and might throw some cubed cheese in with that.

    Hope this helps!
    3268 days ago
  • LINDAJ0621
    I usually don't have a problem with protein. I eat oatmeal, fat free milk, reduced fat cheeses, low sodium peanut butter, beans, fish, chicken, eggs or eggbeaters.
    3269 days ago
    It's kind of rough, since I'm not a big meat eater. I go for plain greek yogurts over other yogurts, because they have more protein and less sugar. I eat beef jerky for snacks when I'm on the road and have to stop for a snack and also string cheese. I'm not sure if egg substitute affects people that are allergic? I have no clue there.

    Also, when I'm running REALLY low on protein, I have pure protein powder that I make shakes out of or add to my food. They make a no-taste kind now that you can stir into anything, just like fiber powders. I found mine at GNC and it's $20 for a HUGE tub of it, so it lasts a long time.
    3269 days ago
    I'm a vegetarian and eating protein is difficult for me. I get a lot from eggs, cheese, nuts, and soy products but, the biggest boon to my protein intake comes from a protein shake I have in the morning. I add two scoops of this soy protein powder to a tall glass of soy chocolate milk (to be honest...the powder is gross on it's own) and add half a banana for a tasty morning shake at 250 calories and about 28 grams of protein. It REALLY helps me get to the level I need and I don't feel like I'm starving in the morning. Hope that helps!
    3270 days ago
    I ususally have no problem meeting my protein levels because there is protein in many foods, check and make sure the foods you are eating are correct.
    3270 days ago
    Do you like fish? It's fantastic for protein and other health benefits (and often low in the stuff you want to limit). If I'm trending low for the week on protein, I'll make a point of doing fish for dinner or a tuna wrap for lunch.
    3270 days ago
    Protein is tough for me as well, because I don't like eggs and am allergic to cheese. I eat a lot of raw, unsalted organic almonds, and I add walnuts to my yogurt in the morning. I also eat lean, humanely raised grassfed steak a couple of times a week. (Grassfed is often higher in protein.)

    The biggie: I discovered some types of fish have a lot more protein than others. Halibut, for example, is very high in protein compared to salmon, for similar calories.

    Some types of beans are higher than protein than others as well, and the same holds true with yogurt -- read the labels & look up the nutrition before meal planning and with some juggling, you'll get there!
    3270 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2011 1:44:33 PM
    It's TOUGH for me to eat that much protein because I mostly eat vegetarian (not by design, that's just what happens). When I do meet it, it's by eating some form of protein at every meal and having either tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey for at least one meal. I tried eating lots of nuts, but ended up with too much fat.
    3270 days ago
    I am usually under my protein goal too. I snack on string cheese or add a boiled egg here and there, but I know you can't do that. I also like to cook a turkey breast in the crock pot and munch on that for a few days. Good luck with reaching your goals. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois.
    3270 days ago
    I have a problem meeting my protein and fiber goals. So I cooked some black beans that I add a few to a meal when I need more of either of these. And they don't have the excess sodium and cholesterol that I have a hard time staying in range on.
    3270 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10464769
    I too am allergic to eggs!

    I also have added some greek yogurt to my daily intake.

    The protein requirement is harder for me to meet though.

    Also, believe it or not, so is the daily fat intake? Strage?

    3270 days ago
    I meet some of it with eggs, cheese, Greek yogurt, low-carb yogurt, beans, fish, and chicken. Here and there I might grab a protein shake, but that's only if I know I won't have a chance to sit down and eat real food. Oatmeal and quinoa also have protein in them - quinoa has the highest protein amount of any grain.
    3270 days ago
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