High Protein Vegetables!

January 30, 2015 12:00 am

Veggies are usually seen as a side dish meant to accompany the main protein dish of meats, poultry or chicken.  Guess what? While veggies are not usually known for being a great source of protein, some have a decent amount to get this essential part of our diets!  While the proteins are not complete in the amino acid department, it is well worth adding these high protein veggies to your list to mix with whole grains to balance out your meals.  Here is a list of our top six veggies with high protein courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine.

  • Peas -Each half-cup contains three and a half grams of protein.
  • Spinach – You’ll find three grams of protein in a half cup of spinach.
  • Baked Potato – Another stealth source of protein? Potatoes! A medium-sized one contains three grams.
  • Broccoli – Broccoli’s not just filled with fiber (2.6 grams per half cup)—it’s also a great source of protein, with two grams per serving.
  • Brussels Sprouts – These little green guys get a bad rap, but they’re actually nutritional superstars: Each half cup packs two grams of protein, along with 247 milligrams of potassium and 110 micrograms of vitamin K.
  • Corn -OK, we know that corn is technically a grain. But you can find it in the produce aisle—and you’ll be glad to know that half a cup of kernels provides two grams of filling protein.

Resource – Women’s Health Online. Read more

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