There’s a lot of chatter about alternative sources for protein. We still love our meat here at Hearty Health HQ, however, we support our clients looking for another avenue to packing in the protein beyond a burger patty.
The most common questions people ask every time this comes up?
“How will you get enough protein if I don’t eat meat?”
“Will giving up animal products put me in a protein deficit?”
The good news is while animal products are rich in protein, you can also find a lot of high protein vegetables. Here are some of your best options.
Got Some Lentils?
You’ve heard of lentils from your other vegetarian and vegan friends because this low calorie, high fibre superfood is packed with protein. Each ½ cup of cooked lentils equals 8 grams of protein. Not only does this legume contain a high source of protein but it is also rich in potassium.
Please Pass the Black Beans
Beans have the reputation for causing gas but did you know that black beans contain a high source of protein? With 8 grams of protein in half a cup, you can slip black beans into any dish you desire.
Are You a Fan of Peanuts?
With nearly 8 grams of protein in a one-ounce serving, this legume is a great protein-pack snack. Blend some peanuts and what do you get? Peanut butter!
If you enjoy eating hummus, that is great because they are made from chickpeas. Cooked chickpeas contain 7 grams of protein in half a cup and a lot of fibre for a healthier gut.
What’s the Red Potato Deal?
Potatoes are packed with protein, fibre and vitamin B6 which makes them really good. Only one large potato will supply 7 grams of protein. Have them mashed or fried, it all depends on you.
Let Me Have Lima Beans
Lima beans might not be on your menu but this filling protein also contains an amino acid that helps muscle synthesize. Next time you plan your meals, make sure you add lima beans.
Craving Green Peas?
You’ve seen them packed frozen in the veggie section and you might have strolled by without picking them up. Green peas are actually very versatile and can be cooked with almost anything. Not to mention they contain 4 grams of protein per ½ cup and a whole lot of vitamins.
Get a Hearty Bunch of Soybean Sprouts
If you need a good protein crunch, you can always get some peanuts but did you know that you can also get that from soybean sprouts? You’ll get a hefty dose of protein in a nice stir-fried soybean sprouts dish.
Most of us know that spinach is good for our muscles. Our muscles need protein to grow and spinach can supply you with that. Not only does this superfood supply you with 6 grams of protein per cup but it is also loaded with folic acid, calcium, iron, etc.
Don’t Forget Broccoli
Reaching your daily protein goals can be done with broccoli as it is also a protein-packed, high fibre vegetable. Broccoli is also linked to cancer-preventing properties so you can’t go wrong.
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