8 High-Protein Vegetables

8 High-Protein Vegetables

Slabs of meat don’t have to be the only protein-rich items on your dinner plate. Check out which vegetables provide the protein boost you’re looking for.

Stephanie Smith And Krissy Kendall, PhD

August 25, 2017

No, we’re not talking about sprinkling your greens with a scoop of protein powder or chasing those string beans with a double-strength protein shake. Believe it or not, there are vegetables that can be part of a protein-fueled dish on their own—and not just because they’re paired with a medium-rare steak or rotisserie chicken.

We’ve put together a list of the eight vegetables that provide the most protein bang for your buck.

1. Soybeans

With more protein than any other bean variety, cooked soybeans have about 28 grams per cup, roughly the amount of protein that can be found in 150 grams of chicken. More important, soybeans are one of only two complete plant proteins, the other one being quinoa.

A serving of soybeans also contains 17 grams of carbs and 15 grams of fats, 58 percent of which are essential fatty acids. The insoluble fiber in these beans promotes digestive health, while the unsaturated fat promotes cardiovascular health.

Protein content: 28.6 g per cup (boiled)…

FINISH READING: 8 High-Protein Vegetables






 

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