Protein: Part 2

June 1, 2011

I got lots of great feedback on my protein post a few weeks ago and found that many of you were surprised to find out how much protein can come from non-meat sources. I think it’s important, vegetarian or not, to know where protein can be found in order to incorporate it into snacks and meals and keep hunger at bay.

Although I eat ‘meat replacement’ type foods, such a veggie sausage and veggie burgers, on occasion, today’s meals are a good example of how you can source your protein in other ways. My new recent favorite food is the Trader Joe’s California Style Complete Protein Bread, which contains 5 grams of complete protein per slice!

Here’s what my day looked like…

*Cocoa Protein Muffin (24g)
*Fage 0% Greek yogurt (17g)
*1 tablespoon natural creamy peanut butter (4g)
*Small soy latte (6g)
*24 oz. water

Total protein: 51g (this number shocks me!)

Mid-Morning Snack: 
*Cliff Crunchy Peanut Butter Bar (10g)
*More water

Total protein: 10g

*Trader Joe’s Veggie Masala Burger (2g)
*1 Slice Trader Joe’s California Style Complete Protein Bread (5g)
*Raspberry Smoothie (12g)
*24 oz. water

Total protein: 19g

Afternoon snack
*1/4 cup mixed nuts (6g)
*More water!

Total protein: 6g

*1 cup steamed broccoli (2g)
*Trader Joe’s Bean and Rice Burrito (13g)

Total protein: 15g

Daily Grand Total: 101 grams protein!

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  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 1, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Wow, your breakfast sure did start the day off right!

  • Reply Megan June 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Yup! Another good post showing people that protein is not simply something you find in meat.

    Unfortunately, I would guess that most readers of your blog already know this, and that you aren't educating any of the “I eat two #2s from McDs every day” kind of people.

    Would you be willing to share some of your favorite bars??

  • Reply Rachel @ The Avid Appetite June 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Wow! I love that you had a great big breakfast. I am definitely becoming a bigger breakfast/smaller dinner person and I like it 🙂

  • Reply helen June 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Love the big breakfast. I occasionally go really big with my breakfast as well, makes me feel great 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this information. It is amazing what you can get out of foods!

  • Reply Natalie June 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    you make me want to add my protein up…my hubby sometimes worries i don't get enough but i don't think he realizes what it's all in!

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