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How do you plan meals for a high-protein diet?

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To plan meals for a high-protein diet, calculate the amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats you need per day, and find recipes that meet those demands. The best recipes for a high-protein diet incorporate foods such as meat, fish and beans, which are some of the highest protein sources.

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How do you plan meals for a high-protein diet?
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Add high quality protein powders to meals to make them higher in protein. An example of this is adding a scoop of protein powder and 3 tablespoons of milk to a serving of prepared oatmeal for breakfast. Another option is to add a scoop of protein powder to a workout shake that consists of yogurt, strawberries and a banana.

When planning snacks, base them on foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates to normalize blood glucose levels. For example, plan a snack of 1 1/2 cups of seedless grapes, 2 slices of fat-free American cheese and 4 ounces of ham slices. Another snack option is to mix tuna with salsa and beans. Other high-protein foods to keep in mind when planning snacks include walnuts, beef jerky and peanut butter.

The Protein Power diet, a popular high-protein diet, suggests a maximum intake of 55 grams of carbohydrates, divided throughout the day, in addition to a high-protein intake. Low carbohydrate foods include leafy green vegetables, celery, cucumber, peppers and avocado. Examples of high-protein and low-carbohydrate meals include an omelette with smoked salmon, a chicken salad with fresh greens and a lean cut of meat with vegetables.

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