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Mad Crush: Protein Powder

2010 August 5
by Pamela

Protein powder:  It’s for body builders and baby builders.  Bob drinks the stuff mixed with milk several times a day, but since I’m not much for weight lifting (unless you count the dinosaur of a vacuum I have to haul up the stairs) I never bothered with it.  But now that I’m in the baby building business, I’m addicted.

This pregnancy I especially noticed a difference in the way I felt, mainly that I didn’t want to puke and then die, if I ate a lot of protein.  The recommended amount of protein for a pregnant woman is 60-70 grams.  Which is a lot.  According to the Women’s Health Channel, these are the grams in some typical protein-rich foods:

A 3-ounce serving of lean beef, fish, or poultry provides 20–25 grams of protein. There are 6–8 grams of protein in the following:

  • 1/2 cup of beans
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of nuts
  • 1 cup of low- or non-fat milk or yogurt
  • 1 ounce of cheese
  • 1 egg

Unfortunately bagels, cereal, and cornbread aren’t on the list.  I’ve been eating a lot of carbs, fruits, and vegetables, but protein-rich foods weren’t appealing to me.  Plus I’ve been absolutely starving and my stomach wasn’t waiting patiently while I grilled a piece of chicken.   So pouring a scoop of protein powder into shaker cup of milk has been nothing short of revolutionary for me.  Right now we are using this one, which mixes well, doesn’t taste like chalk, and comes in yummy chocolate.  It has 20-25 grams of protein in one serving and is gluten free.

If I follow all the “rules” my body imposes (lots of protein, no sweets at all, no caffeine, no strong cleaning product smells) then I am able to function without a hint of nausea.

And that is why I have a new found crush on protein powder.

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