(Closed) Where else can I get protein?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
46590 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is general information, not specifically for pregnant women. Your doctor should give you a list of foods to limit or avoid.


Seafood is an excellent source of protein because it’s usually low in fat. Fish such as salmon is a little higher in fat, but it is the heart-healthy kind: omega-3 fatty acids.

White-Meat Poultry

Stick to the white meat of poultry for excellent, lean protein. Dark meat is a little higher in fat. The skin is loaded with saturated fat, so remove skin before cooking.

Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt

Not only are dairy foods — like milk, cheese, and yogurt — excellent sources of protein but they also contain valuable calcium, and many are fortified with vitamin D. Choose skim or low fat dairy to keep bones and teeth strong and prevent osteoporosis.


Eggs are one of the least expensive forms of protein. The American Heart Association says normal healthy adults can safely enjoy an egg a day.

• Egg, large – 6 grams protein • Milk, 1 cup – 8 grams • Cottage cheese, 1/2 cup – 15 grams • Yogurt, 1 cup – usually 8 to 12 grams, check label • Soft cheeses (Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert) – 6 grams per oz • Medium cheeses (Cheddar, Swiss) – 7 or 8 grams per oz • Hard cheeses (Parmesan) – 10 grams per oz


One-half cup of beans contains as much protein as an ounce of broiled steak. Plus, these nutritious nuggets are loaded with fiber to keep you feeling full for hours.

• Most beans (black, pinto, lentils, etc.) – about 7 to 10 grams protein per half cup

• Split peas, 1/2 cup cooked – 8 grams


Fifty grams of soy protein daily can help lower cholesterol about 3%. Eating soy protein instead of sources of protein higher in fat — along with a healthy diet — can be heart healthy.

Tofu, 1/2 cup – 20 grams protein • Tofu, 1 oz – 2.3 grams • Soy milk, 1 cup – 6 to 10 grams

• Soy beans, 1/2 cup cooked – 14 grams protein

Nuts and Seeds• Peanut butter, 2 tablespoons – 8 grams protein • Almonds, 1/4 cup – 8 grams • Peanuts, 1/4 cup – 9 grams • Cashews, 1/4 cup – 5 grams • Pecans, 1/4 cup – 2.5 grams • Sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup – 6 grams • Pumpkinseeds, 1/4 cup – 19 grams • Flaxseeds, 1/4 cup – 8 grams

Post # 4
574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Have you tried whey protein powder?  You can blend it with milk to make a yummy smoothie/shake.  You just have to blend it or else you get chunks of powder.

Cliff Bars are yummy and have a good amount of protein (and are all natural) for a meal replacement option.

ETA:  Nuts are also a fantastic protein source, along with Omega 3

Post # 5
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Silk, the soy milk people, make this delicious soy and fruit smoothie concoction that is delicious!

Post # 6
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


Post # 7
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m vegetarian so I never eat meat and am always really concerned about protein. I eat a lot of greek yogurt (super high in protein!), eggs, beans, tofu, peanut butter and other nuts. also, I looove carbs, so quinoa is a great source too, since it tastes like couscous but is healthier, and also barilla plus pasta is fortified with protein–it’s a huge staple in our home! 

Post # 8
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@finnaroo:  I have had tons of protein aversions this pregnancy. I can however drink the chocolate protein shakes over ice. They work great for me and my twins are right on track at 31 weeks despite 17weeks of morning/all day sickness. Remember baby will take what it needs from you, just do what you can but don’t obsess.

Post # 9
1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My nutritionist recommended Carnation instant breakfast mix…

Post # 10
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Smoothies! During my first pregnancy, I had to have 80g protein a day and I just couldn’t even look at meat. The girl at the health food smoothie shop would make me this awesome chocolate peanut butter concoction that had 56 grams of protein! I would force down enough chicken, salmon, or tofu to get to 80 during the rest of the day.

Post # 11
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m on a high protein diet because for some reason my body burns through it too quick.  My go to aside from tofu, greek yogurt and almonds are Bolthouse Farms smoothies.  They make ones that specifically say protein on them and the giant ones have 64g per bottle!  They aren’t cheap but oh man the chocolate one is sooo good, it soothes my chocolate fix, fills me up, and hits the protein I need!

Post # 12
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

If you are having yogurt get Greek yogurt, it has the highest protein content. I LOVE Greek yogurt with raw honey. YUMMM. You could add fruits or preserves to it if you’re into that. 

For a shake or smoothie my favorite is mixing a any basic vanilla whey protein powder, ground cinnamon, ice, almonds (or almond butter), and a banana. It’s delicious. For the liquid you can make it with milk, that new SO Delicious dairy free coconut milk (my fave), or just water. I add splenda or something when I want it sweeter. If you can’t have splenda bc you’re preggo just add honey.

Or try Syntha-6 protein powder by itself if you want it to be simple but very yummy. Amazon is a good place to get it. People who hate protein shakes could live off of this stuff.

You can also make your own protein bars with oats, whey protein powder, peanut butter, and almonds. 

Also, check out Larabars. They are made will all natural ingredients and no preservatives. Some kinds have more protein than others, so choose accordingly.

Sun butter is also good (like peanut butter, but made with sunflower seeds)

Tuna is also low cal and high in protein.

OH and cottage cheese.

Post # 13
367 posts
Helper bee

Brown rice + lentils = delicious complete protein! Mujadarra (rice, lentils, caramelized onion, and garlic) is a great way to get your protein without meat. It’s very filling and comforting, but probably more appetizing than meat.

You don’t need to eat meat to get enough protein. My vegetarian Boyfriend or Best Friend eats lentils, quinoa, beans, and dairy to get his. 

Post # 14
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Fish, mushroom, nuts

Post # 15
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

try a website like myfitnesspal.com. even if you arent trying to eat to lose weight, you can track what you’re eating to see of there are enough nutrients.

Post # 16
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve bought the protein milk-shakes. They help get me by.  Also, nuts and beans are good.  Hope you can get past the no meat thing soon because protein really helped me keep morning sickness at bay!

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