The 20 Vegetables Highest In Protein

Big chunks of meat don’t always need to be the only source of protein in your diet. Cutting back on meat occasionally and replacing meat with another source of protein can be a good change for the body. And by other sources of protein we don’t mean protein shakes and protein powder.

In this article, we present you with a list of 20 vegetables that will help you boost your protein intake and provide you with fiber at the same time.

1) Edamame (Organic)

Protein amount: 19 grams in one cup cooked serving

Edamame is one of the tastiest and healthiest appetizers. One cup of it or cooked soybeans has an enormous amount of protein. Always opt for an organic type, since the majority of soybeans in the US are actually genetically modified and grown with lots of pesticides. You can try frying it along with scallions, eggs, and asparagus.

2) Tempeh (Organic)

Protein amount: 17 grams in a three-ounce serving

Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and mixing them in a dense cake that can later be fried in a pan like tofu or it can be sliced. It’s easily chewable, feels very nutty and has a lot higher amount of fiber and protein in comparison to tofu and since it is fermented, it can be more digestible for some people.

3) Tofu (Organic)

Protein amount: 9-16 grams in a three-ounce serving

Tofu is the standard vegetarian food known even to non-vegetarians and what vegetarians are most known for to eat. It’s made from curdled soy milk that can be fried in a pan, sautéed and stirred or sometimes scrambled. It might not be as full of protein as the tempeh is, but the taste can be more tolerable to some. Always go for the organic types to avoid GMO soy and nasty pesticides.

4) Lentils

Protein amount: 10 grams in a half cup serving

Lentils are low in calories, have lots of fiber and large amounts of protein which can be turned into a side dish filled with nutrients like a veggie burger or sometimes mixed into a sauce or dip. Lentils have also been proven to decrease cholesterol levels and decrease heart disease risk.

5) Black Beans

Protein amount: 8 grams in a half-cup cooked serving

These beans have a high content of fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin B6 and various types of phytonutrients. They can also be made into brownies.

6) Lima Beans

Protein amount: 8 grams in a half-cup cooked serving

Lima beans have been very common in our meals when we were kids. But that’s no reason to neglect them as an adult. Besides having high amounts of protein, lima beans are also rich in the amino acid leucine, which plays a major role in the protein synthesis in muscle tissue in adults.

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