lunch protein suggestions

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lunch protein suggestions

I know high protein/low carb works best for my body. Pre pregnancy I ate a lot of cold meats (all organic/natural ingredients) such as turkey pepperoni, kielbasa sausage, ham, etc. either in sandwiches or combined with cheeses, whole grain crackers and veggies for something like a ploughman's lunch.

I am having a lot of trouble finding foods to eat for lunch that are portable. In addition, I have something called a "selective eating disorder". It's not bad, just I have a very short list of what I consider "safe" foods, as I have a lot of phobias and anxieties about certain tastes and textures.

This is what I can't eat:

- no fish/seafood (I'm not allergic but my mother is, so I'm paranoid to eat it)
- generally, no leftovers, as I'm paranoid about bacteria. I might eat leftover pasta, but that's it (usually there's none leftover to take though, and I eat low carb so rarely eat pasta anyway)
- no peanut butter sandwiches...I can eat peanut butter sometimes, but it's rare that I want it. Usually I only eat it with apples.
- no re-heated chicken, as it tastes funny.
- nothing with mayo or vinegar or salad dressings or anything sour/pickled.

That's all I can think of right now. I like baked beans, but I can only eat those like once a week at most as I only "like" them enough to stomach them once in a while. I think hummous is on the banned list the same as lunch meat though, unless you make your own (and I'm too tired to do that right now).

I was thinking taco salad (really, just salad greens, taco meat which I don't mind as leftovers, cheese, and salsa), but that covers one day.

Any ideas? Today all I managed to pack was some cherries, cheese sticks, cherrios, and a piece of lemon pound cake (leftover from my cake craving this weekend). Obviously that wasn't enough to eat so I got some chili and a bagel from a local coffee shop.

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quinoa is pretty tasty (I cook it in chicken broth) add some cheese and broccoli and its pretty filling.

what about eggs?
I hear lentils are decent protein. Have you searched pinterest for vegetarian ideas?

I'll keep thinking.

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what about soups?

oh and Dreamfields is a really tasty low carb pasta. Tastes just like normal pasta but it's 5 carbs per 2 oz (uncooked) serving (it's like 5 oz by weight cooked).

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Sorry, I should probably have added that I need them easily portable for taking to work, which is a long annoying bus/train ride.

Soups aren't really portable for me for work. I've tried before but they always spill. I don't mind eggs, but they are on my "I can eat them only sometimes" list or they make me gag.

I like quinoa but only freshly cooked. Tried it cold once and I thought the texture was weird. Not sure if I could take it to work and like eating it.

I don't really like the texture of lentils or most beans. I barely choke down baked beans when I get the odd craving for them.

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i totally understand! My oldest has similar issues but with starchy foods (only kid I know who really dislikes mac and cheese, pizza and pasta).

I assumed you had microwave access at work... hmmm
You could always try mixing the egg in something (like a strata or quiche) then you get the protein but not the taste and texture).

~ What about a do it your self lunchable (cheese, cut up meats, crackers) or salads with hard boiled egg crumbles and bacon or sliced up steak (most are yummy cold in my opinion)
~ tortilla with nutella/sunbutter (or is that too close to peanut butter?) and fruit rolled up
~ nuts? i love a good nut mix... throw in some raisins or m&m and its all good (i also sometimes throw in mini nilla waffers)

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oh and I found this... might be some easy ideas here too...

Best Protein Sources for Vegetarians

I’ve compiled a list of some of the best protein sources within different food groups, comparing what could be considered a normal serving:

Food Amount Calories Protein Notes

Nuts and Seeds

Pumpkin/squash seeds 1 oz, 85 seeds 126 cal 5 gm all aa in proper ratio

Black walnuts 1 oz 173 cal 7 gm low in lysine

Pine nuts 1 oz, 167 kernels 190 cal 4 gm low in lysine

Roasted almonds 1 oz, 22 count 171 cal 6gm low in lysine and methionine

Pistachios 1 oz 49 count 161 cal 6gm all aa in proper ratio

Sunflower seeds 1 oz 166 cal 5 gm low in lysine

Peanuts without shells 1 oz 160 cal 7 gm low in lysine

Cashews 1 oz 18 kernels 164 cal 4 gm all aa in proper ratio

Hemp seeds 2 T 160 cal 11gm all aa in proper ratio

Flax seeds 1 T 100 cal 4 gm

Dairy Products

Ricotta cheese lowfat ? c 171 cal 14 gm all aa high in lysine

Romano cheese 1 oz 108 cal 9 gm all aa in proper ratio

Cheddar cheese 1 oz 113 cal 7 gm all aa in proper ratio

Provolone cheese 1 oz 98 cal 7 gm all aa high in lysine

Mozzarella 1 oz 71 cal 7 gm all aa high in lysine

Parmesan 1 oz 116 cal 7 gm all aa high in lysine

Gouda cheese 1 oz 100 cal 8 gm all aa high in lysine

Swiss cheese 1 oz 100 cal 8gm all aa high in lysine

Feta cheese ? c crumbled 200 cal 21 gm all aa

Cottage cheese 2% low fat 1 cup 163 cal 28 gm all aa

Egg 1 whole 77 cal 6 gm all aa

Egg whites 1 whole 16 cal 4 gm all aa

Milk 1 cup 137 cal 10 gm all aa

Yogurt low fat 1 cup 137 cal 14 gm low in tryptophan

Vegetables

Corn yellow canned 2/3 cup 80 cal 3 gm high in lysine

Sun-dried tomatoes ? cup (1 oz) 72 cal 4 gm lacks 5 aa

Soy beans 1 oz 35 cal 4 gm all aa, but a little low in methionine+cystine, phenylalanine+tyrosine

Peas 2 oz 70 cal 4 gm low in tryptophan

Cowpeas (blackeyes) 2 oz 74 cal 4 gm all aa

Navy beans 4 oz 88 cal 8 gm all aa, low in methionine + cystine

Peas 4 oz 108 cal 8 gm all aa except no trypotophan

Lima beans 4 oz cal 88 cal 5 gm all aa, low in methionine + cystine

Brussel sprouts 1 cup 65 cal 6 gm. low in leucine, lysine, methionine + cystine, phenylalanine + tyrosine

Spinach 1 cup chopped 65 cal 6 gm low in methionine + cystine

Broccoli 1 cup spears 52 cal 6 gm low in methionine + cystine

Potato 1 med with skin 161 cal 4 gm all aa in proper ratio

Asparagus ? cup 20 cal 2 gm all aa in proper ratio

Fruits

Apricots dried ? cup 190 cal 3 gm low in methionine + cystine

Peaches dried ? cup 185 cal 3 gm low in trptophan and lysine

Cereal, bread, grains and pasta

Oat bran 1 oz 59 cal 5 gm low in lysine

Oats 1 oz 109 cal 5 gm low in lysine

Wheat flour 1 oz 95 cal 4 gm low in lysine

Spaghetti, whole wheat dry 2 oz 198 cal 8 gm low in lysine

Egg noodles dry 2 oz 219 cal 8 gm low in lysine

Buckwheat 1 oz 96 cal 4 gm all aa in proper ratio

Couscous dry 1 oz 105 cal 4 gm low in lysine

Bulgur dry 1 oz 96 cal 3 gm low in lysine

Millet raw 1 oz 106 cal 3 gm low in lysine

Bread, pumpernickel 1 slice 65 cal 2 gm low in lysine

Bread, reduced cal white 1 slice 48 cal 2 gm low in lysine

Rice, brown long grain cooked 1 cup 216 cal 5 gm low in lysine

White rice, cooked 1 cup 194 cal 4 gm low in lysine

Whole wheat bread 1 slice 69 cal 4 gm low in all aa except tryptophan

White bread 1 slice 67 cal 2 gm low in lysine

Oatmeal bread 1 slice 73 cal 2 gm low in lysine

Rye bread 1 slice 83 cal 2 gm low in lysine

Whole wheat pita bread 4” diameter 74 cal 3 gm low in lysine

Pita white enriched 4” diameter 77 cal 3 gm low in lysine

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I like cottage cheese and almonds(not mixed). I don't know if you can do cottage cheese with texture issues. String cheese and almonds is a fave of mine too. Protein shakes.