Vegetable Protein – the Top 6 Choices
Vegetable protein? Really? That is a common reaction as most people do not think of protein outside of the meat food group or from beans. In reality, vegetarians get their protein from plant sources. Here are the top 6 sources of vegetable protein.
Proteins supply amino acids to your body to help build muscle fibres and some hormones but vegetable protein is not a complete protein. They are missing some essential amino acids, the ones your body cannot synthesize on its own. As a result, you will need to look for other sources of protein and not rely on just vegetable proteins. If you are a vegetarian, that means eating whole grains as well.
1. Baked Potato
A 100 gram potato contains about two grams. Want to add more? Put on some sour cream with your toppings and you add 2.1 grams per 100 grams or add butter (though high in fat) at 0.8 grams/100 grams.
A good source of vitamins A and C as well as fibre (2.6 grams/100 grams), broccoli has 2.8 grams of protein per 100 grams. Want more protein? Add the popular cheese topping.
3. Brussels Sprouts
Probably the worst tasting vegetable on the planet, these little cabbages have more vegetable protein than any of the others so far at 3.4 grams per 100 grams. They are a good source of potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, and K. As good as they are for you, I personally have trouble eating them due to the strong taste. Cheese topping helps!
A very popular crop grown in the US used mostly as feed for livestock, it is actually a grain found with the produce in stores. It is high in protein with 9.0 grams and 74 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams. Gotta love corn bread!
Snap peas, regular peas, what ever your fancy, they contain 5.9 grams of vegetable protein and a good supply of vitamins A and C per 100 grams. Personally, eat snap peas raw with some veggie dip and you get protein from the dip too.
If it’s good for Popeye, it must be good for you. This great green is a good source of vitamins A and C as well as potassium and 2.9 grams of vegetable protein per 100 grams. Try it in smoothies and even fried.
Vegetable proteins are not overly popular but they do give you another option as a source of protein for a healthy diet. Vegetables are important source of other nutrients so add them to your diet to get all of their benefits.
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