I consider myself a “professional label reader” to make sure there are no dairy, eggs, or other hidden ingredients that are not vegan. However, now I also look at the Nutrition List on all of the food items as well. It has been over a year since I thought this much about protein. I have kept a log for the past couple of days to approximate how much protein I’m taking in.
For my weight, I figure I need to consume around 80-90 grams of protein/day. This is not the easiest thing in the world to do. I’m having to get back in the habit of cooking on a regular basis (I’ve been kind of bad about that the past little while) and making sure that what I eat is “worth it.”
I figure that every calorie and morsel of food counts. There is no room right now for “empty calories.” However, I am pretty big on treats. Last night my “treat” was a nectarine. So once I ate my high-protein supper, I got to have TWO nectarines! They were delicious. At one point, not that long ago, a treat would have been a bowl of soy ice cream with dark chocolate sauce and peanuts. Now it’s a nectarine. I think it’s a good change. I won’t cut out my soy ice cream treat completely, but I will definitely be having it less often. Plus, my freezer is full of fruit and veggie dogs (high in protein!).
As I keep a log of my diet these days, I’m also keeping track of foods that are high in protein and other nutrients. These will be posted in a table of some sort in the Nutrition section of the blog. I might put up the foods that I’ve been eating too. Until then, here are some things that I am eating these days:
Brown rice and a lentil stew I made with veggies, cumin, bay leaves, and Braggs
Toast with peanut butter (15 grams of protein if you load on the PB!)
Soy milk smoothies with protein powder and frozen fruit