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Old 10-22-06, 08:59 PM   #1
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Need more protein

Alright, I'm not a vegetarian, but most of the time I don't eat meat because it's too expensive and it can be a pain to cook and clean up after. This is my second year being this way. Last year I ate a lot of beans to make up for it, but these days I'm getting sick of beans. I don't know what the problem is. I just never feel like eating them. I'm a carbohydrate man. I love spaghetti and cereal.

I'm not sure I'm getting enough protein these days. I bought a protein powder and tried to put it in my spaghetti sauce, but that tasted like crap. I can drink it if I put it in my tea, but that's not something I actually look forward to.


I like nuts, but they have a lot of fat and they're also expensive. If I'm going to eat nuts I might as well get meat. I like ham, but it's expensive. However, if I have to buy some type of protein powder then maybe the ham will end up being cheaper in the end.

What else can I try? Are there any protein drinks that actually taste good? This powder I got isn't really a drink, it's just a powder that you're supposed to be able to put into anything.
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Old 10-22-06, 09:16 PM   #2
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For starters, maybe look into a high protein cereal. Kashi go lean is pretty good in that regard. Throw in some milk, and you've got a whole heap of protein already. You could also look into higher protein bread. I think Ezekiel 4:9 does that. There's also peanut butter, and cottage cheese.

That's off the top of my head. It's pretty easy to get the protein that you need. You might try making shakes/fruit smoothies, and throwing the protein powder into there. Or even put some lowfat yogurt into a smoothie.

Tuna and eggs are a good source of protein as well, if you're not going to resort to meat.
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Old 10-22-06, 09:54 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat, no more meat, and the beans do get tiresome.
Definently go for the shakes. I like http://www.solidmuscle.com/ not too expensive, decent quality stuff. I bought 2 big jars and they last a while. I like the vanilla, throw it in a blender with a little ice, milk, maybe vanilla yogurt, banana, and its fantastic! Especially after a hard ride, nothing beats a great shake.
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If you can't afford meat, I doubt you'll be able to afford suplements. Chicken and lean beef it pretty cheap when you look for sales at supermarkets, also at places like Sam's club and BJ's. If you want to be healthy, you need a balanced diet. Beans and a cheap protien shake won't cut it.
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Old 10-23-06, 08:49 AM   #5
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You can buy boneless skinless chicken breast on sale most of the time for $1.99/pound. Throw 'em on the "Q", and there's not much to clean up.

Pretty simple, cheap and easy!

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Old 10-23-06, 08:59 AM   #6
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I think eggs and tuna are about as cheap as it gets
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I think eggs and tuna are about as cheap as it gets
Dozen eggs and 6 cans of tuna are pretty cheap. Add canned chicken breast for a little more variety.
You can make soups with the chicken. An entree of tuna, muchroom soup, egg noodles and some veggies (peas and carrots). Omellettes and Quiche with the eggs.

All easy and fairly quick plus leftovers can be had.
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Some really good advice.

Cottage cheese is also an excellent source of protein. I eat it on a regular basis. I can’t stand the taste, so I mix in fruit, which makes it tollarable.
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Old 10-23-06, 02:45 PM   #9
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Tuna is a great source of protein and mighty cheap. Salmon is now available in the 6 oz cans that I very was very good.
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Old 10-23-06, 06:22 PM   #10
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I'm not a fan of eggs or tuna, actually. Go figure. I'm proteinophobic or something.

I think when ham goes on sale I'll just buy a buttload of that and freeze all I can. The protein powder is expensive enough that it's really not worth it since I don't have any moral issues against eating meat.
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Try soy products: tofu and seitan are great in stir-frys and other such things, and are relatively inexpensive. Both take on flavors very readily, so they don't have to be "taste-free" stuff.

And I second the recommendation of the Kashi Go-Lean cereal: great protein source, tastes great with or without milk, and can be bought cheap.

As far as chicken is concerned, here are two options:

1. Look for "flash-frozen" boneless, skinless breasts in a big bag: they store easily in the freezer, and allow you to pull out just what you need for the meal at hand.

2. You can get this same frozen thing (but even more resistant to freezer burn) but purchasing the big packs from Costco or the supermarket, then bagging the individual breasts in small ziploc bags (squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing), then throwing the bags-o-breasts into a bigger ziploc freezer bag, then throw that into the freezer. The breasts stay "fresh" that way, and you can pull 'em out as needed.

I save a lot of money on chicken that way.
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Old 11-29-06, 11:29 PM   #12
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yall just aren't eating the right beans...
I eat that mean brazilian style feijoada...either that or I'll hit up the dominican restaurant for those abichuelas negras

I never get tired of rice and beans
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You didn't go into much detail on how you were eating those beans, so you may already know this, but there are lots of ways to eat beans and many different types on top of that. You can make bean dips, spreads, pate, soups, stews, rice and beans, salads, burgers, fajitas, etc... and don't forget lentils/peas! Mix up the spices too. I know some folks who just buy a can of beans and add 'em to a meal, and I would get MIGHTY bored of that within a very short period.

Varied protein sources are good too. While the "protein combining" theory was not completely accurate, it is generally a good idea to eat a variety of sources throughout the day (and that's easy enough... grains, nuts, beans, seitan/gluten... soy is complete, I believe).

I'll third the Kashi GoLean. Awesome stuff.
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Lentils! Takes just a few minutes to prepare and cook, unlike beans that require many hours of soaking first.

Another excellent source of protein - actually the best protein there is - is milk!
One litre of milk plus 100 g of red lentils, provides about 60 g of protein. That's probably more than half of what you need daily.

You like pasta. Well, pasta is relatively high in protein too. About 10-13% of the dry weight.
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Milk. Milk. More milk. I go through 2 gallons of milk in about a week. Pretty cheap too for about $2.50-3.00/gallon depending on store and/or brand.
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If you like carbs so much. Buy some Smart Ground meat substitute. Put it in your pasta sauce in place of ground beef. Its got lots of protein but you'll still get your much loved carbs too!

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How about split pea soup made with ham hocks for flavoring? Tasty and cheap. Lentils are good too, as noted above. Thing is with beans, there are many types, but it does help to put in some cheap meats for flavoring, but beef and chicken broths work very well for flavoring too. Also I like garlic and onions in there.
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Chicken and turkey are pretty darn cheap as others have mentioned. At 79-1.99 a pound you can eat on less than a $1 a day.

soybeans and soybean products
Milk
light cheese

Also as far as cooking meat being too troublesome. Just buy a whole chicken or turkey or turkey breast and cook it on the weekend. Divy it up into single portions and freeze it. Microwave it during the week. Buying the whole bird saves tons of money and you only have to cook once a week.
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In addition to everything already mentioned, I find beans and rice to give me lots of options...
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Also, pick up a vegetarian cookbook. Many have great recipies that are wonderfully balanced (carb-prot) and damn good.
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Wah wah wah - what a brat - drink your milk and eat your vegetables. There are dozens a protein sources that compete with the price of protein powders. Quit whining.
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