Some Vegetables (some green) Have Protein, Too!

Are you thinking about eating more vegetables and less meat but worry about getting enough protein?

Of course you can always get protein from excellent non-meat sources like eggs, fish, nuts and seeds, certain grains, and low or non fat dairy products.  But what about vegetables?

Beans and Legumes

Many people are aware that beans can be good protein sources.

For example, here’s the number of grams of protein in one cup of:

  • Cooked soybeans, 29 grams
  • Cooked lentils, 18 grams
  • Cooked black beans, 15 grams
  • Cooked kidney beans, 13, grams
  • Cooked chickpeas, 12 grams
  • Cooked pinto beans, 12 grams
  • Cooked black-eyed peas, 11 grams

What About Other Veggies?

Here’s the number of grams of protein for one cup of each of these vegetables:

  • Cooked lima beans, 10 grams
  • Cooked peas, 9 grams
  • Cooked spinach, 5 grams
  • Cooked broccoli, 4 grams
  • One medium potato, 4 grams

This Is Not A Complete List

There are other vegetable sources of protein, too.  These are just examples of some of the more common veggies that can serve as protein sources.  For a more complete list you can always check the USDA’s data base.

Spinach On Your Sandwich

For upping your protein – especially in a meatless meal – try adding some raw spinach instead of lettuce on your sandwich.  How about broccoli slaw instead of cole slaw, or peas mixed with your pasta?  Sounds good to me!





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