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healthy non-meat proteins?
any suggestions for some & ways to incorporate them into meals with a busy lifestyle?
Mon. Mar 12, 12:13pm
i love the morning star sausages (both links and patties). I also like Fage (greek yogurt) - which has tons of protein and not too many calories. I also like the "Smart Dogs" veggie hot dogs. Finally, egg whites with a little bit of parmesan - packed with protein and tasty too (i hard boil them... so easy to take on the go)
Monday, March 12, 2007, 1:04 PM
I am not into many meat substitutes. The only one I really like are the Quorn Naked Cutlets and those have both dairy and egg in them. I tend to pan sear them with some garlic and olive oil and throw them on salads or in stirfries.
I through nuts and seeds into my salads and yogurt. I am also a huge fan of beans. I buy them canned because I don't have time for the dried. I add beans to stirfries instead of meet. Usually black beans or chick peas. Lentils are great, but I have only found them dried so they require a little prep work.
There are a million nutritional bars that are out there and are very sound, but I am more of a whole foods person and try to avoid things that are over processed.
I love snacking on edamame, which are soy beans in the pod. I buy them frozen and stem them and they are so tasty as is.
Also, I eat omelettes as meals other than breakfast. I throw in a lot of veggies and beans and cheese and they can be very satisfying, even with only two eggs.
Also don't discount some veggies. Yams, spinach and peas are fairly high in protein. Trader Joe's have a great stirfry blend, Green with Envy, which I am addicted to. It has 5 grams of protein in a 50 calorie serving.
Monday, March 12, 2007, 2:30 PM
2:30 Poster-You beat me to it!! I love the Quorn Cutlets too!! I put a little bit of pesto sauce on it and melt some Lowfat Provolone over it. YUM!!
The Quorn Roast is awesome as well! It's really good in a pita with hummus, lettuce, and tomato. I pack this for lunch a lot of times when I'm on the go.
Tofu is REALLY good when it is made right. Go to the deli at most whole foods and ask for a sample and you'll see what I mean.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 1:06 AM
Bodybuilding with natural veggie proteins builds better shape, I hear :-) I actually use miso paste in place of boullion in most dishes and get a yummy result.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 2:08 AM
I am a vegan who doesn't use "meat substitutes". I'm a little incredulous that the above linked to list skims over beans and legumes. Most of them range from 17-25% protein which is more than eggs and most meats. Soybeans, and their attendant products (tofu, etc.) have around 38%. Soy milk has the same protein as cow's, though less calcium (unless fortified). As for grains, quinoa has the highest protein with 16% and has more calcium than milk (with the proper profile for absorption to boot). So my favorite are, lentils, chick peas, quinoa, soy milk, any kind of bean, and tofu. And these needn't be boring, trust me. Lentils in no way inhabit only my soup bowl, and the chick peas multi task outside of spreads and salads. Any google search can find you loads of recipes. I tend to soak, cook, and store more than I need at one time to help with prep time later on. Most of these are brilliant in a crock pot or something similar and keep quite well. So if you're busy and, say, buy a salad accoss the street from work, you can bring along a little container of your favorite to sneek on top of it. Tofu (the firm kind) always substitutes meat nicely in quick stir-fry recipes, and going for soy milk on your morning cereal or in your coffee is another good way to quickly get it in. Hope this is helpful. And congrats on a healthy decision.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 2:35 AM
Beans, peanut butter, oatmeal. Those are 3 big ones off the top of my head. I can remember doing bike races (long distance) and being met at the checkpoints with a peanut butter sandwich and a banana. Protein and potassium
Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 6:28 AM
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