5 veggies you didn’t know had protein
Whether you’re beginning your plant-based journey, already enjoying our meals or just integrating more vegetables into your diet—whatever stage you’re at, it’s important to incorporate enough protein into your meals. It’s often assumed that the only high-protein sources are animal-based foods like meat, dairy and eggs. No need to worry; there are tons of protein-rich veggies that are often overlooked! Not to mention fill you up and support your muscles.
Let’s get into the nitty gritty of understanding protein. First, amino acids are the building blocks of protein—your body produces some and the rest you need to get from food. Protein is necessary for all bodily functions, including your metabolism. It builds and repairs cells, tissue, muscles, skin, cartilage and tissue. Your body also uses protein to make hormones and enzymes. If you’re looking to build more lean muscle mass or lose weight, adequate protein intake is essential.
By eating a variety of plant-based foods, you’ll get enough of each amino acid to stay strong and healthy. The more you combine, the more protein you get. Check out these mighty vegetables:
Spinach – Incredible hulk “superfood” rivaling kale, because it’s loaded with so much goodness: iron, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The darker green the color of the veggie is, the better it is for you.
- Peas – These guys may be little, but they’ll give a big boost of protein. Filled with flavor and a crunchy texture, it’s the perfect addition to a curry, stir-fry, and steamed or even fresh from the pod. They have almost 9 grams per 1 cup.
- Collard Greens – Not as popular, but just as tasty and powerful, collards are part of the cruciferous vegetable family (includes kale and broccoli). They are very rich in vitamin K, C and offer a whopping 8 grams for 1 cup.
Kale – One of the most surprising vegetables to make a comeback, Kale has been on the rise since 2009 and in 2013 this superfood was given its own National Day. It’s rich in calcium, iron, vitamin C and fights inflammation. This detoxing star has 4 grams per cup.
- Broccoli – Not how your parents used to make it… This versatile vegetable has come a long way from the lackluster texture and flavor from over steaming. It’s jam-packed with fiber, minerals, vitamin B-6 and a powerhouse of protein. Add it to curry, stir fry, omelets or pizza for an extra 6 grams of protein per cup.
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