This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, opinions are my own.
One thing that I have been focusing on the past 3 months of my pregnancy is how much protein I am getting. I figured I was getting enough, but I wanted a solid number. I asked my doctor what I should be aiming for daily and she came back with the equation that for every kilogram I weigh, I should have a 1.1 grams of protein. (I’m not sure where she got this calculation, but I trust her advice. Also, if you want your most accurate number to reach, talk to your doc!) This means for me, I should be getting roughly 80 grams of protein a day.
Now, that seems like a lot. But when I started keeping track of it, I realized that I was hitting it much more easily than I thought. I do get some seafood, so I know I get my protein there, but I don’t eat it ALL the time. So, I thought I would share some of my favorite sources for protein that have nothing to do with meat!
1. Egg (6g per egg)
I love having hard-boiled eggs on hand for quick grab-n-go snacks or to top on a salad! If you haven’t discovered that you can do these in the oven, YOU MUST! I follow these simple instructions from A Beautiful Mess!
2. Peanut Butter (7g per 2 Tablespoons)
Who doesn’t love some peanut butter? (Well besides if you’re allergic!) On a spoon out of the jar, melted over a banana, mixed in oatmeal, on a pb & j….really is there a BAD way to enjoy peanut butter?
3. Broccoli (6g per cup)
Not the most obvious food I think you would find protein in, but some plants do have it! I eat this raw dipped in hummus with my lunch.
4. Quinoa (8g per cup)
This is one of those foods I tend to forget about usually. The thing is I love the stuff! I use it in place of rice, but one of my favorite recipes using quinoa are these stuffed peppers from the Skinnytaste cookbook!
5. Almonds (6g per ounce)
These are the perfect snack to have on hand! I keep many of the Blue Diamond flavors on hand and will throw a baggie full into my purse when out and about. Currently I cannot get enough of the lightly salted mixed with mini chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Ooooo….maybe I’ll have a whip up a batch of these granola bars again!
6. Egg Whites (26g per cup)
I eat a cup of egg whites almost every morning for breakfast. A little salt, pepper, & cheese are all I need to get in almost 1/2 of my daily protein requirement. I just buy them in the carton so I’m not wasting any yolks! Easy and tasty!
7. Whole Wheat Spaghetti (7g per cooked cup)
Mmmmm….pasta! Baby B love spicy things and carbs. I use spaghetti mostly in the traditional sense, as it is easy to whip together a batch of spaghetti!
8. Tofu (20g per cup)
I have yet to master the art of tofu in my own home. I’ve tried with some luck, but usually leave it to the pros at one of our favorite Thai restaurants. I do not know their secrets of how to get it SO crispy! If there’s tofu on the menu, I guarantee you I’m going to order it.
9. Black Beans (21g per 1/2 cup)
Beans beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the closer you get to amping up your protein! 😉 I can eat these plain on a salad or mixed with some peppers & onions to make a quick taco mix.
10. Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt (25g per cup)
I’m sloooooooowly hopping on the greek yogurt train. I’m not the hugest fan, but you can’t deny those protein benefits! Right now I’m enjoying a whipped flavored version of greek yogurt that has about 1/2 the protein. It works though!
What are some of your favorite non-meat sources of protein?