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TOPIC: Low-no carb high protein vegetarian/vegan foods?

 
February 24, 2013 9:51 PM
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You're going to hate my advice, but when you give yourself all these limitations in your diet (high protein, low calorie, low carb, no meat), you are either sacrificing health or severely limiting your options.

If you want protein that isn't high calorie or high carb, eat meat.
Beans are high in carbs.


Totally agree^^

I'm with these two. There are no low carb, non-meat protein options, really, other than protein powders.


I've been a pescatarian for 19 years and this just isn't true. Go buy Litelife bacon or Fieldroast apple sage sausage (or many other varieties). Noosa or Chobani yogurts are great too.

Edit: If you are willing to be lacto-ovo, cook that stuff in butter--it is amaaaazing. And then you can do eggs too--or even egg whites. if you want to do veg for ethical reasons (like me) then source free range, humane certified, milk and eggs (I also make sure my chickens aren't de-beaked).


Becel has a vegan butter. The calories and fat are (i think) really similar to their original margarine. It is softer, so it doesn't hold up as icing, but spreads super thin and holds up in every other recipe i've used it with. Cruelty free, buttery, convenient.
February 24, 2013 10:03 PM
I make seitan once a week ( since I asked the same question and Sara suggested it.) Last week I made a marinade like one would put on chicken wings. It was a quarter cup of hot sauce, a quarter cup of lime juice, and three tbs of maple syrup. Fried it and baked it. So good. Also I have grinded it in my meat grinder, mixed it and fried it with BBQ sauce and put it on natchos. Mostly I just slice it and dry fry it with thyme or other spices. Now I'm going to go and read what everyone else put. I am sure there are lots of good ideas.
February 24, 2013 10:04 PM
Seitan, tempeh, vegan meats in moderation, tofu, soy milk, edamame, TVP ( textured vegetable protein - a meat substitute). If you do shakes, there are plenty of vegan protein powders (many without soy too)
Edited by pobalita On February 24, 2013 10:09 PM
February 24, 2013 10:06 PM
Oh and tofu scramble with tumeric nutritional yeast and veggies. I put nutritional yeast on something almost every day to boost my protein intake.
February 24, 2013 10:11 PM
Feel free to go through my diary. I eat a variety but not much dairy or eggs.

I have never had quorn, I need to look that up!
February 24, 2013 10:12 PM
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You're going to hate my advice, but when you give yourself all these limitations in your diet (high protein, low calorie, low carb, no meat), you are either sacrificing health or severely limiting your options.

If you want protein that isn't high calorie or high carb, eat meat.
Beans are high in carbs.



Totally agree^^

I'm with these two. There are no low carb, non-meat protein options, really, other than protein powders.


I've been a pescatarian for 19 years and this just isn't true. Go buy Litelife bacon or Fieldroast apple sage sausage (or many other varieties). Noosa or Chobani yogurts are great too.

Edit: If you are willing to be lacto-ovo, cook that stuff in butter--it is amaaaazing. And then you can do eggs too--or even egg whites. if you want to do veg for ethical reasons (like me) then source free range, humane certified, milk and eggs (I also make sure my chickens aren't de-beaked).


Becel has a vegan butter. The calories and fat are (i think) really similar to their original margarine. It is softer, so it doesn't hold up as icing, but spreads super thin and holds up in every other recipe i've used it with. Cruelty free, buttery, convenient.


I've tried that stuff...I just can't get into it. noway My butter is, however, humanely sourced and I make my own half the time (I just love the hell out of butter). The facon is good in olive oil toooooo....
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February 24, 2013 10:33 PM
I have an app on my phone called 21 day vegan kickstart. Lots of ideas and recipes on there.
February 24, 2013 11:05 PM
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I have an app on my phone called 21 day vegan kickstart. Lots of ideas and recipes on there.


It's free too. I can't say everything on it was great, but it did get me thinking when i tried it.
February 25, 2013 2:59 AM
I never heard of seitan, I have to check up some recipes and some of the other nice vegetarian options mentiones.
February 25, 2013 6:47 AM
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Looks like a whole lot of nothing on advice for this! Yeah, nuts and seeds are high cal. I might go back to putting coconut oil in my green & sweet smoothies. It was my main source of cals when I was on a vegan diet. Was hoping for something a little bit more substantial or solid... but maybe that's where the carbs come in? I don't know.


I like Yves veggie good dogs- only 50 calories and 8g of protein. Also, extra firm tofu is versatile. Whey protein isolate powder is a great supplement for 30g of protein (Bluebonnet brand only has 110 calories). I do a log of "veggie meat" from the healthfood stores but you have to watch the sodium content on them.
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February 25, 2013 6:48 AM
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I never heard of seitan, I have to check up some recipes and some of the other nice vegetarian options mentiones.


Seitan is yummy- my husband even likes it and he's a meat-a-holic!
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February 25, 2013 7:10 AM
Yeah, avacados, nuts, etc. Are you against other dairy like real cream, butter, etc? Kerrygold butter is awesome. Sourced from grass fed cows. I would also look up some paleo food sites, you'd be surprised how much of the diet consists of plant based food and is just as strict as vegetarian diets when it comes to eating real natural foods. Try looking up recipes for the Whole30 diet too, it is another that still uses animal based food but doesn't just rely on meat to get the bulk of your energy. From some people that have tried it, even though they ate a little more carbs then normal they still got great weight results or helped bust through a weight plateau.
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June 28, 2013 6:30 PM
I recently started the Blogilaties 8 Week Bikini Diet Plan, which is helping me TREMENDOUSLY. Also, it is low carb, high protein! Also, instead of chicken, I substitute for cod or white fishes. It is about 1200, according to MFP. Nothing processed, just awesomeness. Also, a LOT of water to drink.
June 28, 2013 6:36 PM
Vegetarian Protein Powders,Almonds,Sunflower Seeds,certain fruits I think Apricots or Bananas are a bit higher,Peanut Butter,Cottage Cheese if you eat cheese. I am not a vegetarian but have looked up what kinda snacks are higher in protein and these were a few of them. Beans are really good, Like a Veggie Chili would be a good thing.
Edited by sally_jeffswife On June 28, 2013 6:37 PM
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June 29, 2013 10:43 PM
I was hypoglycemic before I became vegetarian and then it went away. It's weird.
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June 30, 2013 3:47 PM
A lot of people have mentioned tofu. I love making lettuce wraps.

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/spicy-tofu-lettuce-wraps/

Here is a recipe for one with 8 carbs and 5 grams of protein per serving. There are tons of recipes out there, and it is really hard to go wrong with these.
June 30, 2013 3:54 PM
im low carb vegan

i eat a lot of tofu, and a ton of soy products...maybe too much actually cuz its still processed

try to stick to tofu, and fresh veggies

i keep my nuts low cuz they are super high calories and fat

and i also have wheat protein isolate powder by optimum nutrition 100 cals a scoop, 1 fat, 3 carbs and 20 protein
Edited by frenchfacey On June 30, 2013 3:57 PM
October 9, 2013 4:04 AM
Your problem is this...it sounds like you are not taking into consideration how protein, fiber and fat play a role in carb absorption. There are many diets out there that are Glycemic Index based and that can be adapted to fit a vegan or vegetarian diet. One is the Skinny B*tch diet. I might suggest that you look at Dr. Fuhrman's diets...Becoming a Nurtitarian and his video Forks Over Knives that you can watch on Netflix. Best advice I can give you is instead of looking online for the answer, contact your local hospital or health department for a registered dietician. They can work your diet to meet all your needs and, more often than not, it's a free service that they provide.
October 9, 2013 4:15 AM
Comment by Redraidergirl "I was hypoglycemic before I became vegetarian and then it went away. It's weird."


Not really weird if you look at Rip Esselstyn's book, The Engine 2 Diet. He promotes a vegan diet based on a plan his father, a cardiologist, created for his patients. In the book he explains how the consumption of animal products creates problems for your immune system and overloads your bodies ability to heal itself. Many people state that going on vegan/vegetarian diets helped them to heal faster including Howard Stern's plucky radio side kick Robin (check the Vegucating Robin Quivers). She turned vegan 3 years before she discovered a large softball size tumor growing in her pelvis. Her vegan diet not only helped her get through treatment, but allowed her to avoid the normal symptoms that plague cancer patients (nausea, tiredness, pain). Many people who have gone vegan have not only reported weight loss, but also the ability to stop taking meds for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, usually within a couple of months. So..not so weird....wink
Edited by carolemory9 On October 9, 2013 4:18 AM
December 22, 2013 2:40 PM
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Nuts or seeds, tofu? I'm vege/pescaratian so I'm interested to see where this thread goes!


Huh???? I didn't think you could be both!! Vegetarian is a person who doesn't eat meat at all right???Pescaratian is a person who eats fish. You can't be a pescartian and vegetarian. This is why America thinks vegetarian and being a vegan is the same.
March 5, 2014 2:45 AM
The people saying it is NOT possible without MEAT are talking nonsense, I'm sorry but I've been a pescatarian for 23 years and up until recently I've been healthy (that appears to be hereditary as well). There are vegetables that are not high in Carbs. Potatoes are high in Carbs, most other vegetables are not. Even potatoes are encouraged. Honestly, do your research before making statements like impossible without meat, the vegan athletes would argue with you there! Here is a list of low carb veg (most of it!!!). http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/whatveg.htm Here is a list of veg with protein:
#1 Sun-Dried Tomatoes 258 calories Protein: 14% Carb: 56% Fat: 2% Other (water): 28%
#2 Soybean Sprouts 125 calories Protein: 13% Carb: 9% Fat: 7% Other (water): 71%
#3 Winged Beans 148 calories Protein: 12% Carb: 28% Fat: 1% Other (water): 59%
#4 Lentil Sprouts 106 calories Protein: 9% Carb: 22% Fat: 0% Other (water): 69%
#5 Baby Lima Beans 132 calories Protein: 8% Carb: 25% Fat: 0% Other (water): 67%
#6 Garlic 149 calories Protein: 6% Carb: 33% Fat: 0% Other (water): 61%
#7 Dried Seaweed(Sushi Nori) 306 calories Protein: 6% Carb: 81% Fat: 0% Other (water): 13%
#8 Grape Leaves 93 calories Protein: 6% Carb: 17% Fat: 1% Other (water): 76%
#9 Green Peas 77 calories Protein: 5% Carb: 14% Fat: 0% Other (water): 81%
#10 Succotash(Corn And Limas) 115 calories Protein: 5% Carb: 24% Fat: 1% Other (water): 70%
#11 Wasabi Root 109 calories Protein: 5% Carb: 24% Fat: 0% Other (water): 71%
#12 Portabella Mushrooms 35 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 5% Fat: 0% Other (water): 91%
#13 Spinach 34 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 5% Fat: 1% Other (water): 90%
#14 Alfalfa Sprouts 23 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 2% Fat: 1% Other (water): 93%
#15 Peas And Onions 70 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 14% Fat: 0% Other (water): 82%
#16 White Mushrooms 44 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 6% Fat: 0% Other (water): 90%
#17 Broccoli Raab 33 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 3% Fat: 0% Other (water): 93%
#18 Straw Mushrooms 32 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 5% Fat: 0% Other (water): 91%
#19 Brussels Sprouts 41 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 8% Fat: 0% Other (water): 88%
#20 Balsam-Pear (Bitter Gourd) 34 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 7% Fat: 0% Other (water): 89%
#21 Podded Peas 52 calories Protein: 4% Carb: 9% Fat: 0% Other (water): 87%
#22 Shiitake Mushrooms 48 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 8% Fat: 0% Other (water): 89%
#23 Peas And Carrots 53 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 11% Fat: 0% Other (water): 86%
#24 Turnip Greens 29 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 5% Fat: 0% Other (water): 92%
#25 Sweet Corn 108 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 25% Fat: 1% Other (water): 71%
#26 Oyster Mushrooms 43 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 6% Fat: 0% Other (water): 91%
#27 Kale 50 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 10% Fat: 0% Other (water): 87%
#28 Artichokes (Globe Or French) 47 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 11% Fat: 0% Other (water): 86%
#29 Chives 30 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 4% Fat: 1% Other (water): 92%
#30 Asparagus 24 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 4% Fat: 0% Other (water): 93%
#31 Broccoli 28 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 5% Fat: 0% Other (water): 92%
#32 Cauliflower 32 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 6% Fat: 0% Other (water): 91%
#33 Collards 36 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 7% Fat: 0% Other (water): 90%
#34 Parsley 36 calories Protein: 3% Carb: 6% Fat: 1% Other (water): 90%

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/vegetables-high-in-protein.php#1wZsHC0PHrxBXB5I.99.

I would suggest you do some research and find out how the items work together and how our bodies require all of these things to keep our systems stable and don't listen to people telling you that you can't do it without meat. I know some seriously happy, healthy vegans!!
March 27, 2014 10:17 AM
Tofu ! :)
March 27, 2014 3:57 PM
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I never heard of seitan, I have to check up some recipes and some of the other nice vegetarian options mentiones.


It's great, but it doesn't get as much attention as other meat alternatives because gluten free is very trendy right now and seitan is....pure wheat gluten. Fantastic for a vegan cheesesteak and many other applications.
May 9, 2014 10:08 AM
Hemp Hearts and chia seeds are great if you are active... they are basically perfect nutrition!

-combine 1-2 cups of raw kale with 50g-100g of hemp seeds and one table spoon of chia seeds- my daily staple its really filling and tastes amazing.

please general recipe below... with added goodness above :) I skip all the cheese and some of that other stuff and just add the things I like that are healthy....

You can never eat too many good-for-you veggies, and kale is about as good as it gets. If you happen to find a jar of oil-packed semi-dried tomatoes (or better yet semi-dried cherry tomatoes) at your local grocer, try these instead of sun-dried tomatoes. The semi-dried version is softer and gives up more of its tomato flavor to the slaw. Check the labels on olive oil to determine which is described as fruity.

1 large bunch kale
½ cup (125 mL) fruity extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp (45 mL) red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
¼ cup (60 mL) pine nuts, toasted
½ cup (125 mL) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese to garnish


1 Trim and discard the thick centre rib from each kale leaf. Stack the leaves and cut into thin strips across the width.

2 In a large bowl, toss leaves with the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pine nuts and tomatoes. Let salad stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to allow the flavours to blend and the kale to soften slightly. Check for seasoning and finish with a generous handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


Makes 4 to 6 servings
August 7, 2014 5:18 AM
Do you have any links to good recipes for snacks and meals that are low carb and vegan?
Edited by hhlathrop On August 7, 2014 5:21 AM

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