5 Vegetables with High Protein Content
Adding fresh, steamed, and oven-roasted vegetables to your diet is a great way to get more protein, especially when you enjoy them with other healthy foods. They are easy to prepare and blend well with just about any meal.
Here are five high-protein vegetables that you can add into your diet for more energy along with some great health benefits. I love 4 of them! I guess I’m one of those who just don’t like my peas….UNLESS they are fresh picked from the garden and raw!
1. Spinach (5 grams per cup)
Spinach is known as a “super food”, but now you can enjoy it knowing that it is also a great source of protein. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with plenty of protein. Enjoy it raw in a salad or on top of your favorite veggie, black bean or Portobello burger. Or sauté it with a little oil and garlic for a great side or an addition to a breakfast quiche.
2. Broccoli (3 grams per cup)
In addition to its protein, broccoli is also high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals. With a broad range of vitamins to offer, it is a great addition to any meal. Enjoy it in salads, soups, or simply steam it and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Broccoli is also great oven-roasted with some garlic, red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese.
3. Peas (8 grams per cup)
Not only are peas an easy addition to any meal, they are also an excellent source of protein. Enjoy them fresh or frozen; they have some of the highest protein available of any vegetable. Next time you need a little protein boost, remember to add in a handful of peas to your meal or stir them into pasta to make a meal on their own.
4. Brussel Sprouts (4 grams per cup)
Brussel Sprouts are not only high in protein, but also fiber. Steam them and top with a little butter, pepper and lemon juice or try roasting them with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of sea salt for a delicious variation.
5. Baked Potato (4 grams)
Baked potatoes pack a much bigger punch of nutrients than you might realize. You may not think to turn to them for high protein content, but a large baked potato has as much protein as a serving of cheddar cheese. They also supply magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamin B-6 and vitamin C. For an added boost, top your baked potato with broccoli, sautéed spinach or black beans for added nutritional value.