Are you a vegetarian or someone trying to minimize their meat intake, and find yourself concerned about maybe not getting enough protein? If you are a vegetarian or vegan you can get adequate protein from non-meat sources, you just have to be more mindful of it. Here are some plant-based foods that are high in protein.
Spinach is synonymous with Popeye and muscles, so, it should come as no surprise that it’s a great plant-based source for protein. One cooked cup of spinach has about five grams of protein.
While quinoa is not yet a popular item in American kitchens, it is growing in popularity in health food stores. It’s often thought of as a grain and as a change up for rice in your meal, but quinoa is actually a leafy plant that is related to spinach. It’s not just high in protein, but is a complete protein, which means it has all nine essential amino acids. One 3.5-ounce serving of quinoa has about 15 grams of protein.
When soybeans are still in their pods it is called edamame. They are a popular food in Japanes cuisine. A half-cup serving of shelled edamame has about 11 grams of protein. It makes a tasty side dish for your main dish or even works as a nice snack.
Broccoli sure is one super food. It lowers cholesterol, and is high in fiber and protein. And that’s just a few of its health benefits. One cup of steamed broccoli has about four grams of protein.
This is one of my favorite snack foods and one that doesn’t taste like a “diet food.” Instead of using creamy ranch or cheese dips, hummus is a healthy alternative. Three and a half ounces has about eight ounces of protein.
February 23rd, 2011