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Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for getting enough protein while pg with twins? Has anyone found a good bar, shake, or protein supplement. I just don't think I can eat enough food in one day to get in enough protein. I just read the new reccommendations are over 100 grams per day.
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Holy cow that's a lot! I don't know what kind of diet you have, but if you eat meat it'll be a lot easier for you to get that much protein. Anywho, here are some ideas...

For breakfast, maybe have a couple pieces of toast & peanut butter with yogurt, fruit, & nuts and a smoothie with protein powder.

Or, try breakfast burritos: black beans, scrambled eggs, cheese, and some salsa or guacamole. 1 cup of cooked black beans has about 15 g of protein. Cheese is about 5-7 g per one-inch cube, eggs are I think 7 g/egg, and flour tortillas have 4 g each. So there's about 33+ g in one meal.

For snacks or lunch: Mozzarella sticks (7 g/stick), hard-boiled eggs, hummus, edamame (alone, or with some rice & veggies), egg-salad sandwich, whole-wheat bagel with cream cheese or almond butter, beef jerky, nuts, my midwife suggested cottage cheese with fresh fruit mixed in, which I think is gross but there's another option, kidney beans (I love them alone, but pasta salad is a good option if you get whole-grain noodles...just mix some noodles, kindey beans, olives, avocado, tomato), tuna spread on carrot or celery sticks, oatmeal with or without nut butter mixed in, quesadillas with pureed beans...

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Holy cow that's a lot! I don't know what kind of diet you have, but if you eat meat it'll be a lot easier for you to get that much protein. Anywho, here are some ideas...

For breakfast, maybe have a couple pieces of toast & peanut butter with yogurt, fruit, & nuts and a smoothie with protein powder.

Or, try breakfast burritos: black beans, scrambled eggs, cheese, and some salsa or guacamole. 1 cup of cooked black beans has about 15 g of protein. Cheese is about 5-7 g per one-inch cube, eggs are I think 7 g/egg, and flour tortillas have 4 g each. So there's about 33+ g in one meal.

For snacks or lunch: Mozzarella sticks (7 g/stick), hard-boiled eggs, hummus, edamame (alone, or with some rice & veggies), egg-salad sandwich, whole-wheat bagel with cream cheese or almond butter, beef jerky, nuts, my midwife suggested cottage cheese with fresh fruit mixed in, which I think is gross but there's another option, kidney beans (I love them alone, but pasta salad is a good option if you get whole-grain noodles...just mix some noodles, kindey beans, olives, avocado, tomato), tuna spread on carrot or celery sticks, quesadillas with pureed beans...

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It was really hard for me and most days I probably didn't make it. One trick I did was to drink Ensure or one of those other nutrition drinks. I had bad morning sickness and had trouble eating anything at the beginning. If I kept them chilled, I could drink it pretty fast and keep it down. As the morning sickness went away, I kept drinking them. Often in the middle of the night, when I woke up to pee. I would keep a thermal bag with ice in it next to the bed and put a couple of Ensure's in it each night. It has 9 or 10 grams of protein,
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Ok I just went and checked the protein amounts on some of the food I have. Going off the suggestions I gave in my other post, here's the totals for protein:

Breakfast:
2 pieces of peanut butter toast: 4 g/slice of bread + 8 g/2 tbsp of pb = 12 g/slice = 24 g of protein
Yogurt: 11 g/1 cup of yogurt
Calcium enriched orange juice: 2 g/cup
(I mentioned having fruit in my other post but it doesn't add much protein so I'm not counting it. I think it's about 1 g of protein for an entire banana...so it's something but not much)
Total: 24 + 11 + 2 = About 37 g

Lunch:
Breakfast burritos:
Black beans = 15 g/cup
Tortilla = 4 g/tortilla (2) (because 1 cup of beans is a lot for just one burrito so let's say you make 2 smaller burritos) = 8 g/2 burritos
Egg = 7 g/egg (2) = 14 g
Cheese = 7 g/ounce (2) = 14 g
Plus salsa and avocado or whatever veggies you want; again, doesn't add a ton of protein so I won't count it.
Total: 15 + 8 + 14 + 14 = 51 g/2 burritos...wow!!! If that's too much burrito for one day, save the second one for the next day and you'll still be getting about 25 g of protein, and then maybe have some plain fruit or veggies dipped in hummus as a snack instead.

Dinner:
Brown rice = About 5 g/cup
Edamame = 8 g/half cup
Chicken = 35 g/4 oz
Plus whatever veggies you want
Total = 5 + 8 + 35 = 48 g!

Total for the day:
37 + 51 + 48 = 136 grams of protein! Holy cow! :

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Thanks mamas! I know it is crazy. I have been very sick so I know I haven't been getting anywhere near that. I just found out about the twins and have started feeling better but my stomach already feels full so fast because I am already getting big....I can't fathom being able to get that much food down everyday. Those were great suggestions though!! I have a meal replacement called Ultrameal that my ND said I could use in pg and it has 15 grams per serving so if I make it with milk that wouldbe about 22grams....It is just insane!! I also looked up some values adn steak seems to have the most per ounce so I guess I will have to eat more meat than I am used to.
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Agh I've been trying since last night to reply but my internet at home is sooo slow!

That is tough! Maybe have an Ultrameal + milk 2 or 3 times a day and just eat tiny meals more often throughout the day. So in the morning maybe just have a half cup of yogurt with a few strawberries or just one slice of toast or 1 egg and a banana instead of all together in one sitting. It doesn't seem like much but it will add up quickly throughout the day. For snacks at work I usually have a granola bar (3 g) and a mozzarella stick (7 g). There's 10 g of protein in just a few bites.

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