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Non-Meat Protein Ideas?

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Hello,

I'm looking to increase my protein intake but I'm not a huge meat person. I will usually have meat during one meal but really, that's about it. I drink 1-2 protein shakes a day but would prefer to find more protein dense foods to add to my snacks/meals. I have tried the Special K Protein bars but they are expensive. I haven't tried many other protein bar brands because I can't convince myself 200+ calories for a snack is reasonable addition to my normal calorie intake.

Any ideas? All help is appreciated. My diary is open.
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  • CoachReddy
    CoachReddy Posts: 3,949 Member
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    nuts, seeds, tofu, other soy-based products, cheese.

    all good protein sources.

    most commercial protein bars are pretty crappy quality (and the biggest names like kellogs tend to have crap like HFCS or equivalents) - if you're gonna go for bars, look for ones with real food ingredients and not a bunch of unpronounceable chemicals.
  • TheStephil
    TheStephil Posts: 858 Member
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    nuts, seeds, tofu, other soy-based products, cheese.

    all good protein sources.

    most commercial protein bars are pretty crappy quality (and the biggest names like kellogs tend to have crap like HFCS or equivalents) - if you're gonna go for bars, look for ones with real food ingredients and not a bunch of unpronounceable chemicals.

    Thank you for the ideas.
  • theskinnylist
    theskinnylist Posts: 286 Member
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    My favorites are nonfat greek yogurt and string cheese.
  • TheStephil
    TheStephil Posts: 858 Member
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    My favorites are nonfat greek yogurt and string cheese.

    Thank you. I love string cheese but don't have it often enough.
  • djames92
    djames92 Posts: 990 Member
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    even tho i hate it cottage cheese has some good protein
    eggs have a good amount of protein
    and...ALMONDS!
  • alanlmarshall
    alanlmarshall Posts: 587 Member
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    lentils and other legumes
  • moustache_flavored_lube
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    Eggs are pretty much the perfect protein

    Cottage cheese, non fat greek yogurt, whey or hemp protein powder, seeds, legumes all have good amounts of protein. With vegetable protein you need to consume from multiple sources to get the full amino acid profile
  • alanlmarshall
    alanlmarshall Posts: 587 Member
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    With vegetable protein you need to consume from multiple sources to get the full amino acid profile

    Let's not have the debate here, but I suugest that you research and decide about this for yourself. Many disagree with this. If you are not a vegan, it's definitely not a concern because you still eat animal products, so it's a moot point.

    You could eat only uncombined vegetabe protein for a few days and see if you get sick just to be sure. Spoiler alert: you won't.
  • happydispatcher
    happydispatcher Posts: 56 Member
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    I too am trying to stay away from meat. My favorites are: lugumes(rice and beans or homemade hummus), tofu(I cube it soak it in Bragg's liquid aminos and sprinkle with nutritional yeast before I sautee it in olive oil) and nonfat plan greek yogurt(I get the chobani brand and put some in my bowl of oatmeal to make it creamy) and almonds.
  • alanlmarshall
    alanlmarshall Posts: 587 Member
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    I too am trying to stay away from meat. My favorites are: lugumes(rice and beans or homemade hummus), tofu(I cube it soak it in Bragg's liquid aminos and sprinkle with nutritional yeast before I sautee it in olive oil) and nonfat plan greek yogurt(I get the chobani brand and put some in my bowl of oatmeal to make it creamy) and almonds.

    I forgot about hummus. I like homemade hummus made with just garbonzo beans, canola oil and salt. Great dip for veggies.
  • judydelo1
    judydelo1 Posts: 281 Member
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    I eat a vegan diet and so I have to get my protein without dairy, eggs, red meat, chicken or fish. So for protein I eat:

    RAW nuts (commercial roasted nuts don't pack the same nutrition as raw and are roasted with oils). Pistachios, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts - they all are loaded with nutrients and good oils.

    RAW seeds - I like to add chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and hemp seeds to my fruit shakes. They are all very good for you.

    Legumes & Lentils - It's easy to throw organic, canned white beans or black beans, etc into a salad for a protein punch.

    Quinoa - Even though quinoa cooks up like a grain, it is a good protein source because it has all of the amino acids.

    FERMENTED soy products such as tempe and miso. FERMENTED soy products are very healthy for you.
    However, any NON FERMENTED soy products are not healthy because they are filled with phytoestrogens and are implicated in cancer and throwing off the endocrine system. So pass on the soy milk, tofu, soy protein isolates, soy powder, etc.

    Vegetables also have protein in them in smaller amounts.
  • fatnomore201220132014
    fatnomore201220132014 Posts: 130 Member
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    Edemame and lentils are my go- to foods :)
  • haley255
    haley255 Posts: 117 Member
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    there's another thread going about this..
    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/912377-protein-sources
  • Bug207
    Bug207 Posts: 58 Member
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    I actually get almost all of my protein from vegetarian sources... I don't usually eat meat unless I'm going out to dinner and somebody prepares it for me. That being said, I usually get enough protein in with non fat Greek yogurts, Kashi Lean cereals, veggie burgers (Morningstar Farms makes a great spicy black bean patty), and pastas.
  • Karabobarra
    Karabobarra Posts: 782 Member
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    Ostrim meat sticks, (ostrich and beef) low cal and high protein and not alot of meat.

    Lentils
  • hbm616
    hbm616 Posts: 377 Member
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    cottage cheese is about 16g per 1/2 cup and only 90 cals for low fat. Watch out for the sodium though...

    greek yogurt

    hummus and veggies or whole wheat pita
  • bumblebums
    bumblebums Posts: 2,181 Member
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    Do you eat fish? That's a really good source.

    Dairy sources vary in protein quantity... Farmer's cheese or Greek yogurt are great. I often mix them for breakfast--that's upwards of 30 grams of protein in one go.

    As others said, beans, split peas, and lentils are going to have to be your friend if you want to avoid animal protein sources. Quinoa has a lot of protein for a "grain" (yes, yes, it's not strictly speaking a grain, whatevs).

    If you are not grain-phobic and don't mind weirder stuff, whole rye bread is pretty high in protein, too. I eat this Finnish rye bread, which has 8 grams of protein and 170 cal per serving. (Bonus: huge fiber content.) Germans make a similar bread that you can buy in most grocery stores, but some people find it weird. Look for stuff that is shaped like bricks, especially the Mestermacher brand. And try the 100% whole rye variety.
  • carryingon
    carryingon Posts: 609 Member
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    Dannon light and fit greek yogurt 10g for 80 cals
    fat free cottage cheese 14g for 80 cals
    egg beaters 20g for 100 cals

    I'm vegetarian and those are my main non meat sources other than meat substitutes like soy burgers and such.

    Good luck!
  • CoachReddy
    CoachReddy Posts: 3,949 Member
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    With vegetable protein you need to consume from multiple sources to get the full amino acid profile

    Let's not have the debate here, but I suugest that you research and decide about this for yourself. Many disagree with this. If you are not a vegan, it's definitely not a concern because you still eat animal products, so it's a moot point.

    You could eat only uncombined vegetabe protein for a few days and see if you get sick just to be sure. Spoiler alert: you won't.

    There's no need for debate because it's a FACT that if you're talking about veggie protein you need to get it from a combination of sources to get a full amino acid profile unless you use a lot of hemp protein.
  • Deanna_garnermommy
    Deanna_garnermommy Posts: 118 Member
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    Quest bars! Ostrim! Egg whites! Whey protein or plant based protein and you can make protein muffins!