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ive been doing some reading because my BP was a bit high at my midwife appt today.. im reading that protein is super important to keep BP normal and 80-100g a day is recommended... thats a LOT.. how am i going to get that much protein.. im mostly vegetarian and im not all that hungry, at least not for high protein foods.. cheese and eggs kinda make me queezy.. i like beans and rice but not everyday. i eat some organic meat but like once a week..i dont drink milk much ( though i did just down a big glass of organic milk...) and soy freaks me out.. what else can i eat thats high in protein, enuff for 80g a day?<br><br>
i need suggestions!<br><br>
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Really, that is a hard question because you listed most of the foods I'd suggest for a vegetarian. Maybe you could include fish since you eat some meat?<br><br>
Another protein packed food is cottage cheese. One cup has 24 grams. I don't love it, but I eat about 1/2 cup per day just to get a good deal of protein out of the way.<br><br>
Good luck!<br>
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thanks for the suggestion.. but the though of eating cottage cheese makes me shiver and shudder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Do you like nuts? I eat tons of walnuts and sunflower seeds and hemp seeds (tons of protien in those). Also tahini is loaded with protein and calcium, as well as nut butters.<br><br>
I also put spirulina powder in my smoothies. It's 55% protein. Really good stuff. It comes in pill form too.<br><br>
If you get tired of eating beans, why not make a bean paste (like a sandwich spread) or have some hummus?<br><br>
ETA: Cathe has some great high-protein recipes. Search the nutrition forum for "Carob-Nut Balls" yummy!
 

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Well, this isn't what I'd consider the ideal suggestion but given that protein seems to make you queasy, perhaps you could try protein powder in a fruit shake...or eat protein bars?
 

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eggs have been making me sick, but I discovered egg salad goes down quite well. You could also try organic tofu. does the organic soy freak you out too?<br><br>
have you ever been to fitday.com? they are a free site, designed for nutrition monitering and weightloss. How it works is that you input everything you eat in a day (their database is huge and they also have a feature where you can put in information for a food not in their system), then it outputs all of your nutritional information per food/day. If you eat a well balanced diet, you might be getting more protein than you think.
 

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thanks so much!<br><br>
i think on the whole i eat a very balanced diet.. i get lots of fresh fruits and veggies and some good protein, just probably not 80-100g a day..<br><br>
i forgot about nuts.. that is a great suggestion.. i like snacking on them a lot but i havnt in a while.. i took protein powder when i was pregnant with my son because i had the same problem. maybe ill get more..<br><br>
and i was craving hummus yesterday, but i cant eat garlic right now .. ill just make my own garlic free stuff..<br><br>
thank you so much for the sugestions and keep them comming <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You might also try nut-based drinks, either your own homemade or from a local store. I see that you're in Vancouver, so you could always go into Capers or whatever and ask around about new products. Quorn has tons of protein, but gives me a headache (I don't know why), maybe I have an allergy to their "mycoproteins." If you aren't too against all kinds of soy, BBQ tempeh is sooo good on a BLT sandwich; at Capers there are also all sorts of organic soy, I also love those Yves products (only some of which are sold in the States). Edamame is another source, traditional in cultures where the people are very healthy and not known for high blood pressure.<br><br>
I do not eat meat except for Alaskan or wild Pacific salmon (which you can also buy in a can); we have found lots of ways to be creative with it. Due to the cost, we only eat it once or twice a week. Salmon has sooo much protein and other good things, and there are lots of way to prepare it. I just read today that there is a new cookbook out, called just: Salmon.<br><br>
Did your midwife suggest exercise 3-5x a week for lowering blood pressure? I have found this to help me a LOT. My lower number hasn't gone over 66, no matter how stressed I am or weight I've gained. You could try walking for a week, a half-hour at a time? See how it goes? I am on close monitoring for recurring preeclampsia, so I empathise with the protein pain! Although I do like eggs, cottage cheese, soy, all that stuff. Cottage cheese with tomatoes and pepper really helps the texture. One shortcut that I read about is that your plate should be 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein of some sort, 1/4 complex carbs (rice, etc).
 

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My mom doesn't eat garlic but she makes yummy chickpea sandwiches. She uses soft boiled chickpeas, thinly sliced celery, vegenaise, salt, pepper, dash f tumeric and cayenne and puts it on whole grain toast with lettuce, sprouts, and tomato.<br>
A good mineral supplement can also help with your blood pressure.
 

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exercise isnt a problem.. i dont have a car and i walk everywhere.. at least an hour a day if not more..<br><br>
i like fish, i just dont really like cooking it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i guess i should just do it.. mm and tempeh sounds good too.. i guess i should go to the store soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I hadn't really thought about it, but I'm eating a lot of nuts right now. I'm not even slightly vegetarian - I eat meat every day, I think. But, I'm also not one of the "meat at every meal" types (that's dh). I wonder if that's why I started snacking on nuts so often...<br><br>
Good luck with it MamaFern. Whereabout in Vancouver are you, btw? I live in North Van.
 

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I have some hemp protein powder every day. The brand I use is Manitoba Harvest. I get it at the local natural foods grocery co-op. It's not certified organic, but it's grown sustainably w/o herbicides or pesticides.<br><br>
My favorite way to have it is in a smoothie (there's a recipe on the can--you can double the hemp powder to get more protein), but I also sprinkle it on other food.<br><br>
2 scoops of this stuff=15g protein<br><br>
If you were making a smoothie try 4 so you get 30 g.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> i was just saying to my sister i eneed protein powder of some kind and then ill just live on smoothies all summer.. i LOVE smoothies.. and i can add yogurt to them too..<br><br>
storm bride im in east van.. but i grew up in north van, near lynn valley.. congrats on your pregnancy
 

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I've been using egg white protein powder in my smoothies. 20something grams in a scoop. The brand at Wild Oats is from chickens not injected with hormones.
 

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i like fish, i just dont really like cooking it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i guess i should just do it.. mm and tempeh sounds good too.. i guess i should go to the store soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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That's really good exercising! better than me!<br><br>
I hate cooking fish too, or rather, I hate touching or cutting the raw flesh. It makes me want to hurl. I tried frying some fish the other week and it really grossed me out, never again. We usually throw it whole in a baking dish (covered) and bake it. My husband baked wild alaskan salmon last night with pesto on top...mmm...we have other friends who grill to minimize the indoor smell. It is about the only way I like to eat it, I've discovered (baked or grilled), mostly due to my own gross out problem.
 

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I'm not sure if i've been eating enough protein, and i'm a little worried too. I eat some yogurt, some milk, some beans/lentils every day, and i've added eggs (1-2) and more cheese than i ever thought was ok.....but i'm not keeping good track of it, and as a result i just don't know if i'm doing it right. I totally sympathise with the OP on this thread.....it's not the easiest thing to get those huge amounts of protein, esp when u are already feeling kinda ill.....
 

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i only skimmed most of everyone else's replies, so i hope i'm not repeating anything, but here are my suggestions:<br><br>
have you tried french toast made with whole wheat bread? some wheat breads have like 4 grams of protein per slice, then figure half an egg per slice of bread, that's 7 grams per slice of french toast - and surely you could eat 2 or 3 of those!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
you also might try eating a luna bar or something in the afternoon as a snack.<br><br>
also, if you are not opposed to some meat, you could try a taco salad. it sounds silly, but by the time you add kidney beans, pinto beans, hamburger, cheese, sour cream - you'd be surprised! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
and don't forget to add a tablespoon or two of wheat germ to everything you make!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Sunflower seeds, roasted soybeans, and certain cereals, esp. Kashi have lots of protein. If you buy fish frozen in filets, you can just throw them in a pan with some seasoning/liquid and put it in the oven, not much preparing to worry about. Or, like pp suggested, canned salmon or tuna. Also, shellfish (like shrimp) have tons of protein.<br>
Nuts are great for protein, but often are salted which can up your blood pressure, and also you may want to consider the possibility of an increased risk of nut allergies for your baby.(this is not definitely proven, but there are strong indications that this is so)
 

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I have never heard this except with respect to peanuts, so I am avoiding peanuts during pregnancy. Gabry, would you mind citing your sources? I'm not being snarky, I'm just very curious and a little worried.
 

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Ooh - and my husband reminded me - Builder Bars are really good. They're by Cliff Bars. They have 20 g of protein and all the other nutrients. They taste pretty good. However, after looking at the website, I see they are made of soy and nut proteins - but no hydrogenated oils. So I don't know if you'd be interested. They are really tasty, compared to a lot of other bars. I like them, and I don't like most "energy bars" etc.<br><a href="http://www.clifbar.com/eat/faq.cfm?location=builders" target="_blank">http://www.clifbar.com/eat/faq.cfm?location=builders</a>
 
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