When you think of protein, you probably think of lean chicken, fish, and steak. Most people don’t think of veggies when they think about trying to increase their protein intake. However, some vegetables do have a reasonable amount of protein in them.
Of course, you need to remember that the proteins found in plants are considered “incomplete” proteins. This means that they don’t have all of the important amino acids your body needs. If you don’t eat meat, you need to make sure you also eat whole grains with your veggies to get all the important amino acids from your diet.
If you’re not sure which veggies to grab when you’re trying to get a good protein punch, here’s a list of some veggies that have the most protein.
Yes, green peas pack a pretty decent protein punch, with 3.5 grams of protein in a half cup of green peas. Make your own green pea soup to get more green peas or serve them on the side with dinner to increase your protein intake.
In just a half cup of spinach you’ll get three grams of protein. One great way that you can get more spinach in your diet is to add a handful of spinach to a smoothie or add some spinach to a salad. You can even add spinach to an omelet.
Sometimes baked potatoes get a bad rap, but they are actually packed full of important nutrients, including protein. A single medium-sized potato has three grams of protein. Increase the protein you get by topping your potato with protein packed toppings, such as broccoli and cheese, spinach and cheese or other favorite toppings.
Broccoli is well known for being packed with fiber, which makes you feel full. However, broccoli also has two grams of protein per serving as well. Add some broccoli to your favorite salad or steam broccoli as a side dish that works with many meals.
While many people aren’t fans of Brussels sprouts, they not only offer two grams of protein for a half cup, but they are also high in vitamin K and potassium. If you are not a big fan of Brussels sprouts, find some new recipes to try for a new take on this veggie.
Yes, con is actually a grain, but since you’ll find it in your grocery store’s produce section, we’ve added it here. Half a cup of delicious corn gives you two grams of protein. Serve creamed corn, grill some corn on the cob or add corn to a delicious veggie soup to add some protein.