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A nutrition question

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

A few months ago I cut wheat out of my diet and started eating more protein. I felt great and lost a little weight too. Now that I'm pregnant and really need to take care of myself, I find that I really want to eat bready foods and the idea of eggs or fish (I don't eat red meat) really turns me off. I'm quite nauseous, with a ridiculously acute sense of smell and quite strong food aversions.

 

The thing is that I was the same with my other two pregnancies and I really gained a lot of weight, which was then quite hard to shift. I would like to take more care this time, but I'm finding it sooo hard.

 

Any suggestions for other sources of protein that might be more palatable right now?

post #2 of 16
I do lentils and beans, tofurky italian sausages, nuts and nut butters, tofu.
post #3 of 16

Do you do dairy. Yogert or cheese. What about other grains? Oatmeal has more protein than I realized. 

 

post #4 of 16

Lentils, beans, chicken, fish, red meat all gross me out right now. Any real form of protein looks/smells totally gross if I can tell what it is. 

 

Spring rolls I'm enjoying - the good variety, not loaded with MSG- with pork or chicken. DEFINITELY not home made, couldn't eat if I made it.

 

Lots of yogurt and hummus- LOOOVE hummus these days!

 

I can handle a storebought burrito (my work sells some inexpensively) with cheese, rice and beans.

Nut butters are going down well... admittedly on bread, but I can do it on rice crackers, with veggies, mixed with a bit of honey and yogurt as fruit dip, etc.

 

And protein powder tossed into a smoothie. They can be pretty grainy and ugh but I bought a bunch of different sample packets and am working my way through them trying to find one what isn't too bad. I'll let you know if I hit on a winner.

post #5 of 16

Oh, and quinoa! Quinoa is high in protein, and a delicious alternative to rice or couscous, etc. They also make quinoa pasta that are pretty high in protein if you want to mix it up a bit.

post #6 of 16
Dunno how I forgot quinoa- replace most of your grain with it and that's a lot of protein and fewer carbs. It's a complete protein, too.

Just realized that tofurky italian sausages aren't wheat free, sorry!

Do you have a Trader Joe's nearby? The sprouted bagels are really high in protein, iron, and fiber, so eating that would probably satisfy your carb cravings while getting lots of good stuff in. I think most health food stores have some brand of sprouted bagels, but interestingly the TJ's ones seem the best. Sprouted bread is also much better than regular bread.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Great suggestions, thank you! I hadn't even thought about yoghurt as I don't eat it much, but I could definitely do that. I love nuts, so yes, I should up consumption of those. Also hadn't thought about oatmeal or quinoa.

post #8 of 16

Apples/bananas and nut butter?

post #9 of 16

Rice and mushrooms wrapped in nori (like futomaki, but maybe without the egg?) although I love the futomaki when pregnant....... yummy.

post #10 of 16

DS and I have been having "Ants on a Log" - celery with nut butter and raisins on top as a snack...it's pretty yummy! 
 

I'm headed to Trader Joes today & I'm going to have to try those sprouted bagels - I've never had them before! 

post #11 of 16

Don't discount your leafy greens either. 100 calories of spinach has 12 grams of protein and spinach is super yummy in a  green smoothie.

post #12 of 16
I'm always telling people about this website, we love it:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/

You can search by food or by nutrient, it's great!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by MeredithA View Post

DS and I have been having "Ants on a Log" - celery with nut butter and raisins on top as a snack...it's pretty yummy!  

I'm headed to Trader Joes today & I'm going to have to try those sprouted bagels - I've never had them before! 



Meredith, it is funny you mention this, I ate like 5 ants on a log yesterday!   So yummy. 

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by katroshka View Post

I'm always telling people about this website, we love it:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/
You can search by food or by nutrient, it's great!


very cool! 

post #15 of 16

I just made some cottage cheese pancakes the other day... cottage cheese has a lot of protein in it (and it's rrrrreally good in pancakes, and my recipes has quite a lot of eggs in it).  I make my gluten free but it still seems to hit the spot... I too always want bready things when I'm preg.  

post #16 of 16

Greek Yogurt with honey and sunflower seeds is yummy and has quite a bit of protein.

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