If there’s one thing that doctors and dietitians across the planet agree upon, it’s that eating more vegetables is good for you. Vegetables contain satiating fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants, and a host of important and essential vitamins and minerals that help you feel generally awesome and boost your performance.
And some vegetables contain protein, the macronutrient that can help you build and maintain muscle.
But let’s set a few things straight before heading into the list of vegetables with protein.
First, vegetables do not contain as much protein as animal sources. For comparison’s sake, 1 cup of chopped or diced chicken breast has 43 grams of protein. (Just keep this in mind as you move through the list.) While the vegetables that follow are high in protein relative to other vegetables, they aren’t high in protein relative to other animal-based sources.
Now, processed plant products like tofu, plant-based “meats,” and seiten can all carry more protein, but this list isn’t about those products. It’s about the protein you can find in straight-out-of-the ground vegetables.
And, second, for the purposes of creating a diverse group of plant-based options for you to choose from on this list, legumes are considered a vegetable. That’s also largely because legumes tend to have more protein than, say, leafy greens.
With all that out of the way, here’s a list of 23 vegetables (and legumes) that are surprising sources of protein.
They’re soy beans in a pod. They’re snack-able, especially clobbered with flaky sea salt and dipped into soy sauce. And they have about 11 grams of protein per cup.
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