Power Protein Foods

Little Miss Protein - meatballs are her #1
I'm gonna go out on a limb and tell all you pregnant mamas that it's time to eat for two.

Of course, eating for two needs to be a strategic activity. I'm not talking about bags of Cheetos (although, that does sound yummy). I'm talking about protein and lots of it ... 80-100 grams each day! It's hard to hit a goal like that, especially in the early weeks when smells can turn your tummy at a moment's notice. But, hopefully some of these ideas will strike your fancy.

Here's a handful of my protein favorites ...
  • Nut butters - peanut, almond, and cashew
    • Add to toast in the morning
    • Sandwiches with homemade preserves
    • On celery or with an apple
  • Greek yogurt
  • Hummus
    • Blend 1 can chickpeas + 2 T tahini + 2 T lemon juice + 1 T garlic + 1/2 C olive oil + 1/2 t cumin + 1/2 t paprika
    • Make it extra special by adding in pesto or jarred red peppers
  •  Smoothies
  • Cottage cheese
  • Free-range, organic meats
    • Kalbi steak is one of my favorites
    • Buffalo is one of the highest iron/protein options 
    • My mama made an almond-breaded chicken recently, hoping she will share here soon :)
  • Trail mix
  • Dutch Baby Pancakes
  • Tacos, burritos or quesadillas
    • Add lots of beans, meat, and cheese
  • Homemade crockpot refried beans 
  • Salads
  • Quinoa
  • Eggs
    • Hard-boiled, deviled, egg salad, scrambled, quiche, frittata or omelets
  • DESSERT from Loving Our Gut
What are some of your favorite recipes that are high in protein?
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3 comments:

Brianna said...

I have made the skinny taste receipe for Avo Egg Salad and even added a little jalepeno and cilantro for a kick!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the list! I'm 28 weeks along with twins and trying hard to consume mega amounts of protein. I'm running out of room already so I've got to make every bite count!

ThatMamaGretchen said...

I can only imagine with twins! I know how hard it is to squeeze in little protein meals with just one! Keep up the good work :)