Protein is super important for like, so many reasons.
We’ve covered it before, but it’s worth repeating, because facts about protein always bear repeating, because protein is awesome.
Your body needs protein for a lot of important reasons. Most importantly, protein is made up of amino acids, which your body uses for pretty much every single process vital to your continued living.
Amino acids help your brain work better. They help your body build muscle. They’re great and necessary.
Oh, and protein also keeps you feeling fuller longer, meaning you resist the urge to snack more and are more likely to lose weight. What could be better than that?
However, a lot of people complain about protein, because they think they need to eat meat or protein supplements to get it. And if you’re vegetarian (or don’t like the taste of protein supplements), that means you’re out of luck.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you are not out of luck. In fact, there are 6 veggies that are absolutely jam packed with protein (as well as other nutrients) to give your body everything it needs.
However, there is one thing to note: the protein in these veggies doesn’t have every amino acid that your body needs to function. Make sure to eat some whole grains too to get the complete profile.
Ready? Let’s go:
Aside from being small, round, delicious, and great if you want to eat like a hundred of something without feeling fat, peas are packed with protein. Every half cup of peas you eat contain 3 and a half grams of protein.
Spinach has a ton of protein – not immediately obvious because it looks like a giant leaf. Just a half cup of spinach gets you 3 grams of protein.
3. Baked Potato
Worried that there were no starches on this list? Worry no longer! Baked potatoes are great for protein, as medium sized potatoes contain 3 grams. Try pairing them with some cheese for a delicious dish.
Broccoli is great for you for a lot of reasons. It contains 2.6 grams of fiber per half cup, which is super important to keeping your digestive system happy. It’s also got 2 grams of protein per serving – what more could you want?
5. Brussels Sprouts
If you stopped eating brussels sprouts because you were forced to as a kid and you hate the taste, seriously revisit your aversion. As a kid, I hated them, as an adult, they taste amazing .
They’ve also got 2 grams of protein per half cup of sprouts. Oh, and other nutrients your body needs like vitamin K and potassium. Discover your love for brussels sprouts and reap the rewards.
I know, I know, corn isn’t a vegetable, it’s a grain, thank you semantics expert you really got me there. Corn comes in the aisle that all the other vegetables do in the supermarket, and I’m counting it as one for this article so there . Oh, plus a half cup has 2 grams of protein. It’s great for you.
The Best Protein Packed Vegetables
- Baked Potato
- Brussels Sprouts
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