When it comes to low protein foods, it is important to remember that approximately 11 food categories are not rich in protein: fruit and vegetables, beverages, soups, breakfast foods, grain products, low protein pasta, bread and bread products, sauces, fats and condiments, baking ingredients and sweets. The following table will help you organize your protein input on a daily basis:
Besides these, there are several more groups of food low in protein:
If you don’t know how to combine the foods offered, here are some suggestions:
1. When preparing sandwiches with reduced protein, fill your sandwich with thinly sliced pieces of meat (as meat products are high in protein). In addition, enrich your sandwich with vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber, celery (chopped), apple, parsley or water chestnuts.
2. When cooking a healthy soup, use low protein milk substitutes for rice, pasta or cream soups, in order to make your soup thick and fulfilling, but with a decreased level of protein.
3. When it comes to main dishes, mix vegetables and grains and make meat merely a side dish to what you have prepared.
4. When preparing meat, cut it into smaller, thinner and longer pieces to make them look filling, even though the amount of meat is not great.
5. When making a salad, include fresh vegetables, make it as versatile as possible, but lessen the portion of meat and eggs. The best solution is to make the amount of meat and eggs minimal.
6. When buying pastas and breads, read the ingredients on the label and look for the ones labeled as ‘low protein’.
7. When opting for types of cheese, buy greater amounts of mild cheeses and avoid cheddar cheese, parmesan or romano.