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    I started this thread in response to violaine saying that trainers have told her that most women do not get enough protein.

    Friends of mine with diabetes have also recently said that eating protein and carbs at every meal helps keep sugars level.

    My problem is that most of the proteins I like for snacks also involve quite a bit of fat. For example, I like cheese and apples or peanut butter and banana, but both forms of protein involve fat. I also like walnuts or almonds, but if I want nuts with salad, I've kind of used up my alotment. I don't like sliced turkey alone and I'm not big on canned fish of any sort. I don't mind fish or eggs as an entree, but not for a snack.

    I don't mind yoghurt but don't like the flavoured stuff because it's too sugary, we can't get Greek yoghurt here, and plain stuff involves packing it into a smaller container to take somewhere. I'm looking for something that's kind of convenient and quick that could be taken to work etc.

    I know that whole grains contain some protein (stuff like quinoa especially), but I'm not sure if the serving size you'd need would result in quite a few calories.

    I'm wondering, do protein shakes have much for calories? If someone is not living a terribly active lifestyle, is that going to result in weight gain?

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    I'd go with nuts and cheese/peanut butter over protein shakes. I think that kind of thing has a lot of sugar in order to make it taste ok...
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    For the average sized woman isn't somewhere between 4 - 5 oz of protein per day sufficient? This would mean that you could consume this in one meal or at least 90% of it where the balance is in a handful of nuts, a tablespoon of peanut butter or serve dinner with beans, spinach or broccoli.

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    I wondered about that.

    I use dry curd cottage cheese to add cheese texture to salads, but it doesn't taste very good by itself because there is no salt in it (very little anyway).

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    Do you like tofu? There's a lot you can make with it. Or how about something like lentil salad?
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    I have a protein smoothie for breakfast every morning. I just use frozen fruit, V8 fruit juice, and this powder:


    Those powders come in vanilla, banana, strawberry, chocolate, etc... And you really can't tell they're in the smoothie at all. I don't ever have time to make them in the morning, so I got cups with lids and make them the night before, stick them in the fridge, then grab one in the morning. As long as you don't get a high-calorie fruit juice to make them, they're very healthy.

    And consuming that much protein with very little carbs in the morning apparently kick-starts your metabolism and helps burn off calories the rest of the day. (Or so my healthy-people sources tell me.)
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    I don't mind tofu in stirfry or something. What's it taste like cold? Yeah, I could see lentil salad. Do chickpeas also have protein, or no?

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    Chickpeas have some protein. I don't think they're the highest-protein bean, but they're pretty good.

    You can also make tofu scramble where you crumble it up and cook it with some seasonings and maybe onions. That’s good on top of something like rice or some other steamed grain. You just have to season it. Have you tried quinoa? It's getting to be pretty popular so you can find it at a lot of regular grocery stores.
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    Whey protein - cottage cheese, I cottage cheese!... plus they're putting it in other things now if you want to spend the money on specialty shakes.

    Whey protein is great for you because it helps your body to burn fat.

    Also, don't be so wary about nuts and nut butters, they contain "good fats" that your body needs, so long as your saturated fat intake is lower, and you're avoiding sugar and eating whole grains.

    Whole grains contain more protein - dark breads, oatmeal, quinoa, etc.

    Quinoa is actually a complete protein, and mixed with beans it's awesome.

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    Protein shakes go one of two ways in most cases- you can mix them up with water/milk and suffer through a commonly bad/chalky taste (unless there's a good brand recommended), or you find recipes of what to mix them with for balancing out taste in relation to your caloric/etc intake.
    I used to make some with Chocolate Whey. The brand I used would equal out to around 400-500 calories when I used peanut butter, bananas, and a little nesquick mix. Obviously, there are even healthier options than that, as Patches suggested.

    I bought Emerald almonds coated in cocoa powder. They were good to snack on.
    Hummus has some protein
    Oatmeal. There are also recipes for healthier oatmeal cookies with protein powders added to the batter.

    There's a site I used to frequent- Johnstonefitness.com - There is a forum completely dedicated to 'clean' recipes. It's where I saw ones like oatmeal/protein cookies and such. There's also a women's section if you ever feel like browsing. There were a lot of very dedicated people, who were very interested in keeping their diet as clean and in ratio as possible.
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