5 High Protein Vegetarian Foods

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.

1. Spinach

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.

2. Quinoa

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.

3. Edamame

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.

4. Broccoli

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.

5. Hummus

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.

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