Let me know how it goes, I am super curious what you think!
Ugh protein. My midwives are all over me for not eating enough of it. My problem is I'm totally turned off of eggs, most cheeses, nuts, and nutbutters since becoming pregnant. It's really hard for me to want to eat ANY of that. Been guzzling milk with whey protein (when I can stomach it, the whey also went into my gross list) and I acquired some whole-grain pasta that has protein in it. At least that way I can pretend I'm just eating noodles but I'm getting what I need.
Why does it have to be so hard?!
When thinking about what to eat basically the only thing I think of is protein, but I don't think there is any way that I am getting at least 80g. I eat a decent amount of food, but I can't imagine my appetite getting up to that point. We will see though. As I said earlier I am trying to expand our protein sources (both for me and my 5yo who has lots of allergies). Maybe once we add in some more choices I will do better.
It is a challenge to get enough protein when you are dealing with allergies/aversions!
Re eggs: Kinda OT, but my kids love to eat fried quail eggs because they are so tiny and cute. They eat the entire egg in one or two bites!
Personally, I don't care for fried duck eggs, because they taste too strongly for me, but I LOVE the richness they lend to baked goods and soups.
Cashews, or "moon nuts" as my 2 yo calls them, are totally awesome blended into a smoothie! They make it kinda of buttery and richer tasting. Yum!
I just went to Whole Foods and bought some raw hemp seeds. They were expensive $12.99/lb- I bought a half pound and it looks like it will last me two weeks, so not too bad.
Raw hemp seeds have 10g of protein and 20% of your daily (non-pregnant) iron.
I am a vegetarian so getting protein is something I focus on, but I have found that most days I get plenty from eggs, greek yogurt (1 cup=22g protein), leafy greens, milk, etc.
I am so excited to have found the raw hemp seeds because I am also looking to get enough iron. A doula told me that even meat eaters don't get enough iron in their pregnancy.
For you guys with twins, the hemp seeds seem like a good non-filling way to add some protein. You could add them on to any meal!
I put honey into my greek yogurt, makes it mega delicious. Like, a lot of honey LOL
I have also started drinking more kefir, which is a few grams more protein per serving than milk. I had 50/50 kefir/milk to drink with my breakfast of protein enriched cereal, and between the meal and the beverage I think I got about 30ish grams. That's a great start to my day! That's almost half of what I should be aiming for right there.
Coupled with all the meat and cheese and beans I had at Olive Garden, I'm sure I met the mark today ;)
Okay I'm over 100g protein so far today and I haven't even eaten dinner. I'm astonished, I'm not even trying.
Breakfast: milk+kefir for beverage, a banana, greek yogurt with honey. Bam, 42g. Lunch: a pre-cooked chicken and rice thingy from the store (lazy!) and a small glass milk. Also 42g, interestingly enough. After-gardening snack: small protein bar (more like candy, really), glass of milk. Another 30g. I feel like I should be pigging out on fruits for the rest of the evening after all that!
The kefir and the greek yogurt really make a difference. If you all are doing a lot of milk like me, trying mixing in some if you can get it at the market. It's got more protein per cup and if you get a flavoured variety it makes your milk extra yummy.