Hi Protein/Low Carb Recipes Needed

Updated on December 18, 2010
C.T. asks from Chester, NY
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Hi Moms-

I did a search on proteins and increasing your sources of protein and wasn't really happy with the results, so I am reaching out to you ladies. I am 12 weeks pregnant and worked really hard with my last two to increase my protein intake which I am confident helped me deliver 2 beautiful happy babies.

I am trying really hard to watch my weight this last time around (as this pregnancy wasn't planned and I have a fair bit of weight from baby 2 I never lost...) but the trouble I am having is that it seems that as I increase my proteins, I end up increasing my carbs. For example peanut butter on crackers or toast, hummus on chips, etc.

So, I am asking for high protein/low carb recipes.

What are your favorites ladies?

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So What Happened?

Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. I'll try to think more about the veggies as my "chips" under that peanut butter and hummus. I also have a SB diet cookbook and never even thought about that. I've sampled a few of the recipes and I know that they are good. Guess I should crack that book open again! That is a wonderful idea too.

Keep 'em coming ladies!

I am not looking to loose weight at this time. I generally follow the Bradley diet when I am preggers and accordingly need about 100 grams of protein per day. As much as I love my OB/GYN, they are entrenched in the medical community and have never given me any guidance on what to eat or how or really addressed the pregnancy concerns I have (especially pertaining to GD or pre-eclampsia which a higher protein diet is suppose be preventative for...). My Bradley instructor and doula have been way more supportive in that manner and I trust the data being generated out of places like Ina May's ranch so that is why I go high protein.

Thanks for the support.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I agree, replace carbs with veggies. Peanut butter goes on celery, hummus or tuna salad on sweet bell pepper or carrots. To reduce fat as well, mix the peanut butter with non-fat cream cheese and use half mayo half yogurt in the tuna. Try a frittata (crustless quiche) with broccoli or zucchini.

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answers from Dallas on

I have found that eating the basics helps. Just make a basic good lean meat, chicken, soy, tofu or plain pinto beans mashed with a little cheese. No need to get fancy. Then your carbs can be vegies, fruit, salad. The basics, and Healthy! Without getting fancy you would be surprised how tasty and healthy things are.

Have you tried spaghetti squash baked instead of pasta with a meat sauce. Delicious! Spaghetti Squash if very low carb.

Most vegetables taste the best to my family either grilled or sauteed with fresh garlic and olive oil. That's it!

Add 2-3 of your favorite vegetables to your salad. Green olives and parmesan cheese are two favorite adds for us.

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answers from Portland on

I recommend that you take a nutrition class. Hospitals usually have such classes available. Once you understand proteins and carbs eating a high protein/low carb diet will fall in place.

One mother suggested having your veggies as carbs. Not all veggies are low in carbs. You'll want to choose those low in carbs for the majority of your veggies.

Not all protein is equal, either. You do need good fats but fewer animal fats.

A good way to start is to avoid white foods such as potatoes, white rice, white bread and bakery products. Not all bread is equal either. Just because the wrapper says it's whole wheat doesn't mean its healthy. Look at the amount of fiber it contains. The more fiber a food contains the more calories it takes your body to process the bread which results in less calories overall. You also need fiber to keep your digestive system working efficiently which will help in losing weight.

Nutrition is complex but not difficult once you learn the basics. You can do it!

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answers from Honolulu on

What does your OB/GYN say?
Is he/she recommending that?
Or, you could ask your Doc to refer you to a Nutritionist....
Also, per each pregnancy, a Doctor will have specific projections about how much weight you should gain or not.... at least that is how my OB/GYN is... and he is real staunch about nutrition/intake/weight gain per each woman and per her each subsequent pregnancies... and her health...

all the best,



answers from Chicago on

I've been following the Phase 1 diet (www.knowthecause.com) and I have never felt better! It basically cuts out the grains and sugar and focuses on grass fed/organic meats, organic vegetables, berries...and quinoa is the one carb (hasn't been added to the list online, but it's in his books). Quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, and full of good things, including protein. I eat it at least once a day :) I also snack on tree nuts (you should check out his website on what research has found about peanuts... peanuts/pistachios/corn/mushrooms are all not recommended) Anyway, it's always a good idea to run a new diet (especially if you're pregnant) by your doctor...and this might be something to follow after the baby is born (you naturally shed pounds when you give up certain foods). Good luck :)

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