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Easy ways to get protein--which powder or shake?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
So I've been reading other threads about weight gain, etc. and realize I need to get more protein.
I'm twelve weeks and I'm guessing I've probably gained about 10 lbs. I don't normally keep track of my weight so I don't know where I started.
I've been sick, sick, sick but luckily eating makes me feel better. I can manage to get down comfort foods (rice, potatoes, mac n' cheese) just fine. I am not much of a meat eater. Last week I was eating a lot of hardboiled egg but now I'm sick of them.
Today I got some Clif bars but they are so dry and chemical tasting. Smoothies would be good so I thought I could get some protein powder. Is there some kind that doesn't add flavor?
What are some other easy ways to get protein? I have been snacking on nuts. Which nuts are highest in protein?
TIA!!
Jill
post #2 of 12
I added milk powder, yogurt, tofu and pasturized egg whites to my shakes instead of protein powder. Also some flax meal. The flax made it a little gritty sometimes if I didn't let it blend enough, but I couldn't taste the rest.
post #3 of 12
For ready-to-drink, I like the Atkins shakes, but only in Chocolate Royale. Other RTD shakes are way higher in sugar (check your labels!) Mix-yourself shakes mean I have to mix it myself, which is generally too much work.

For snack bars, I like Zone bars. They're crunchy, instead of being so chewy/dense, so I find them easier to swallow. There's a ton of flavors, so you can experiment. Again, a lot of "sports protein" bars have a lot of sugar (for energy, don't you know).

HTH
KC
post #4 of 12
The shakes that I looked at has sucralose or some other such sweetener. I've been under the impression this is not good to consume during pregnancy. Yes/No?
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I'll have to look into milk powder. I was already planning to add yogurt but am looking for even more protein. With my nausea, I really can't stomach tofu or raw eggs.
I don't really want a ready to drink product since a smoothie made with real fruit sounds good to me. I would think a RTD product would add other flavor?
Sucrolose is considered safe during pregnancy although I have heard many prenatal care providers caution their clients to decrease or cut out artificial sweeteners. Given the choice, I'd choose sugar over sucrolose (unless you're diabetic), but there is no evidence that sucrolose is harmful.
Anyone use protein powder? Is there a kind that has little/no flavor or sweetener?
Any other ideas for protein?
Thanks!
Jill
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by jilson41
Anyone use protein powder? Is there a kind that has little/no flavor or sweetener?
Any other ideas for protein?
Thanks!
Jill
I occasionally use Aria women's protein powder from a local health foods store. I got the vanilla flavor, which is really, really mild, and I mix it into milkshakes and yogurt or smoothies. I think they do an unflavored version, as well. If I recall, there are 13 gms/protein per serving. I've been struggling a bit, too, over both calories and protein simply b/c I don't really have a bigger appetite than usual. If you can handle cottage cheese (full fat version), that stuff's loaded with protein, too, and makes a great snack. Other than that, beef, eggs, chicken, some fish, almonds and cheese have been the staples of my diet lately. Also, the new Barilla "Plus" Pasta has quite a bit of protein in it (17 gms/serving, or so), so I've been making that along with a meat pasta sauce and a load of parmesan on top.
Hope this helps!
post #7 of 12
I don't remember the brand I used, but I just went to my favorite health food store and asked them which protein powder had the most "punch". They vary widely. I do remember it was a soy vanilla flavor and was quite delicious with a little vanilla ice cream and oj. Yum.
post #8 of 12
i just got plain whey protein powder from a store called the vitamin shop for my shakes/smoothies. it did alter the taste a little bit, but i played with my recipie some and got used to it some-- so it doesn't phase me now. i think mine has 26g of per scoop i use (usually only one). based on my own research and preferences, i didn't want to use soy and i also didn't want any extra sugar/flavoring so mine is just plain whey protein.
post #9 of 12
I use a slightly vanilla flavored whey protein powder in my shakes/smoothies sometimes too-from wild oats. I don't think it changes the flavor much and has a ton of extra protein. I usually have homemade yogurt in it too and some type of milk sometimes-I like almond milk in it.
post #10 of 12
i forgot to add that you don't have to just have it in a smootie or shake-- i add a couple scoops to pancake batter too for high-protein pancakes. it's all about getting creative!
post #11 of 12

Easy ways to get protein--which powder or shake?

during my twin pregnancy i visited the whole body section of whole foods and was recommended to get HEMP protein powder for the shakes. i delivered boys at 38 weeks that weighed 7.3 lbs and 7.2 lbs and i thank the hemp shakes for helping to get me and the boys our adequate protein.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great replies!
I went to Whole Foods a couple of days ago and bought some Biochem Sports whey powder. It was cheaper than many of the other protein powders and only had 4 ingredients--no extra sugar or sweeteners. I put it in a strawberry smoothie made with frozen strawberries, some apple juice and a few spoonfuls of yogurt. It made it taste like a strawberry milkshake! The scoop is very big, but packs 20 g of protein. I tried some on my hot cereal this morning and found I didn't really like the milky flavor it added, so I'll stick to the smoothies.
Jill
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