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4/12/12 7:56 P

I had a personal trainer who said that if people would eat most of their protein in the morning they would start the day out right. She suggested fish for breakfast (a staple in the Japanese diet) but I opted for a protein powder and fruit smoothie. I make it ahead of time and just pour and go in the morning

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4/10/12 2:07 P

I was going to suggest natural nut butters and quinoa...
You have been given some great suggestions!
Eggs are a constant go-to for me since I am not much of a meat eater and am always struggling to get my protein where it should be.

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4/2/12 3:44 P

Quinoa is a great protein source and very versatile - from breakfast to dessert! I just got a cookbook called Quinoa 365 and there are some really nice recipes in it. I'm making a couple for a potluck this week - a cucumber salad and a mexican cassarole...

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4/2/12 11:38 A

Thanks, I think I'm going to try moving to a 50/50 salad blend (half spinach). I don't think I can switch the pasta - my hubby is picky and he does most of the cooking. Maybe it can slowly change over, a little at a time to get him used to the flavor - you know like changing dog food!?!? (lol)

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4/2/12 11:20 A

Stick to higher protein veggies like spinach, try to get a few cups in a day. When using psata, try to use things like quinoa that has a higher protein content. Look for protein fortefied pastas as well. Edamame and other beans are good sources of protein as well. And, while I know they're not universally loved here, if it's really an issue for you, perhaps trying a soy or whey based protein powder, either putting it in your oatmeal or making shakes is something you want to look into.

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4/1/12 8:57 P

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4/1/12 4:27 P

Thanks - I never realized that natural peanut butter was so healthy. I took your suggestion and went shopping last night. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks again.

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3/30/12 7:48 P

Eggs - think omelets, quiche and hard boiled
Yogurt - buy plain and add your own cut up fruit
Tofu - picks up the flavor of whatever you cook with it
Beans - think chili
Peanut Butter - great on a toasted whole wheat english muffin

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3/30/12 5:24 P

My go to is Hemp Hearts. I think hemp hearts are great but I don't know how you would feel about the calories:

3 tbsp of hemp hearts contain 10g protein (170 calories)

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3/30/12 3:45 P

I'm a vegetarian (18 years) - and it for medical reason. Let's just say I can't digest meat well. I never thought much about what I ate as long as I avoid the stuff that makes me sick.

That being said, I've just started here and I'm noticing I am ALWAYS low on protein. I don't think I've hit the goal once in 3 weeks. I'm guess that this is part of my weight/health problem but I don't know what to do about it. I can stomach about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cottage cheese every few days, maybe some milk in between, but not much more.

So where can I get the protein I need without getting sick (meat/animal) or going WAY over on calories (nuts)?

Thanks for your help.

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