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So my morning sickness seems to be much improved if I stay away from sweet stuff like juice. I feel much better when I do eat more protein, but I have kind of a restricted diet due to my nursing daughter's food allergy symptoms and I am running out of ideas and I am already sick of peanut butter. Can anyone help with ideas for more protein items?<br><br>
My restrictions:<br>
-No eggs - my daughter would get a rash when I consumed eggs.<br><br>
-No tree nuts - again she breaks out in rashes<br><br>
-No diary or soy (not even a small amount, she is extremely sensitive to soy)<br><br>
-I have a red meat aversion. Chicken seems to be okay, and seafood seems okay, but ugh very hard for me to cook.<br><br>
-I am limited on beans too, my daughter can't have garbanzo (hummus) but black beans seem to be okay, the rest I haven't tried since she was a baby, so I don't know if I am ready to introduce those or not, her reactions last a long time.<br><br>
Are there any grains better for protein than others? Any other ways to eat higher protein foods? Any suggestions (aside from weaning)?
 

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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa" target="_blank">Quinoa</a> is very high in protien and iron - have you tried that? We usually have it once or twice a week, usually in a pilaf style (almost exactly like you would cook a rice pilaf with onions, garlic, and some minced bell peppers) and then mix in more veg to make a salad. It has a really nice nutty flavour, you just have to remember to rinse it first to get off the (natural) bitter coating.<br><br>
We have lots of beans too - mostly black. Bean salad, bean burritos, bean dips, bean and tomato casseroles etc.
 

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I was going to suggest quinoa also. It is like a super grain. It tastes even better if you cook it in vegetable broth instead of water.<br><br>
Whole wheat couscous, pearled barley, and kasha (buckwheat groats) are very high in protein as well. Maybe millet, but I'm not too familiar with it personally. Potatoes have a bit of protein too, don't forget!<br><br>
Seeds of all varieties...but I don't know if they'd be okay with a tree nut allergy. (sesame seeds, pepitas, etc... I'm thinking a big old Everything or whole wheat bagel - they have about 10 grams of protein, all from seeds/or and wheat. Just check for soy-free.)<br><br>
now i'm hungry.<br>
Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the suggestions - today I gave my daughter some cheese to see if she still had a reaction - she has been tested, and I was told they were delayed (not -IgE) that she would outgrow them at some point. Last time I tried was when she was 18 months and she is over 3 now. So maybe that will help with my options.<br><br>
I have tried Quinoa and I am not a fan, but maybe I cooked it wrong, I don't believe I rinsed it first or I did and it didn't taste any different. Thanks for the other grain suggestions, I'll look into those.
 

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Bolthouse Farms has two yummy drinks packed full of protein. Vanilla and Mocha cappucino. I get them at BJ's since they are more expensive in the grocery store. 40g in one bottle.<br><br><a href="http://bolthouse.com/our-products/beverages/proteins" target="_blank">http://bolthouse.com/our-products/beverages/proteins</a><br><br><br>
Also - Snap Pea Crisps are awesome. Made out of green peas, and taste like cheetos. And if a preggo mama happened to eat the whole bag herself on the way home from the health food store, she would get 15g of protein!! :)
 

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I love snap pea crisps! didn't know they had any protein! yay!
 
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