Protein... In My Veggies?

Posted on 14 August 2015

Protein is a very important part of our daily diet.  Men require 56g of protein daily, and women need 46g of protein each day.  That may sound like a lot of meat to chew, but did you know that a lot of the delicious veggies you eat each day can be rich sources not only of vitamins and minerals and fiber, but of protein as well?

Here is a list of some fantastic vegetable protein sources, accompanied by delicious, easy-to-follow recipes we’ve harvested from around the internet for you to try this summer.  From side dishes, casseroles, and desserts, you’re sure to find a meat-free protein-rich new favorite here!

Have fun, and stay active!

 

  • Green Peas- 7.9 grams per 8oz serving

http://www.wholeliving.com/132699/fresh-pea-hummus?czone=e&center=136760&gallery=136437&slide=132699

 

  • Quinoa- 8 grams per 8oz serving

http://www.tattooedmartha.com/2013/07/22/black-bean-and-cilantro-lime-quinoa-stuffed-peppers/

 

  • Nuts- almonds, cashews, pistachios (calorie dense)

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/peanut-butter-krispy-treats-recipe.html

 

  • Beans- 2 cups of kidney beans have more protein than a Big Mac

http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2008/10/pumpkin-and-black-bean-casserole.html

 

  • Chickpeas 7.3 grams 4oz serving

http://naturallyella.com/2011/10/19/roasted-garlic-and-tomato-soup/

 

  • Tempeh, Tofu, edamame (soybeans) 15-20 grams per 4oz

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/orange-panglazed-tempeh-recipe.html

 

Leafy greens- spinach, chopped broccoli

http://www.thugkitchen.com/sweet_potato_chickpea_wraps

http://gi365.info/food/healthy-broccoli-salad-with-creamy-avocado-dressing/

 

  • Seeds- sunflower, sesame, and poppy 5-7 grams per 2oz
http://www.theppk.com/2012/02/sunflower-mac/

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