Tired of having those pesky veggies take up all that precious space in your stomach that could be used for protein instead? Me too. We all know how important vegetables are for us, they contain a ton of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and a bunch of other good stuff, these veggies, however, also contain one of our best friends, PROTEIN!
Just one cup of peas contains 7grams of protein! It’s no wonder why pea protein is so common in vegan protein supplements. Peas are delicious enough to be eaten on their own raw or roasted. It’s also a great addition to any stir fry dish to boost its protein content. It can also be added to your rice, along with other veggies, to make a healthy ‘fried rice’.
I’m no fan of the taste of broccoli but there’s no denying that they are incredibly good for you. Broccoli contains compounds that regulate your hormones and help to remove excess estrogen from the body but if that wasn’t good enough reason for you to eat them, here it is. 100grams of broccoli contains 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Doesn’t sound like much but when you combine with other things like chicken it adds up when filling in those tiny gaps in your daily macros.
Personally, I love potatoes. You don’t need to give me a good reason for me to eat potatoes but they really are good for you. Yes, they are high in carbohydrates but if you are an active person, you need those carbs. One large potato contains 5 grams of protein and it is fat-free (baked). Have it alongside a steak and you have a protein powerhouse of a meal.
Spinach is another nutritional powerhouse, it has a lot of minerals and vitamins like iron and calcium and is a great source of fiber and antioxidants. Just one cup of protein contains 6grams of protein for very little calories. I like to replace the lettuce in my salads for baby spinach to increase their nutritional quality. You can also blend them in to your protein shakes or green juices and I promise that you won’t even taste it. The taste of spinach gets masked easily by all the other ingredients in your drink.
I’ve found that most people either really love or really hate mushrooms due to their texture. Regardless, they are a great vegetable source of protein with around 4 grams of protein per 100g. They can easily be tossed in to just about any dish and don’t have much of a flavor so they absorb the flavors of the other ingredients in your meal.
Some might call it a grain, but to me, it’s a vegetable. It goes well with salads after all! Corn is great when BBQed, boiled, baked or microwaved. Add a little cayenne pepper and lemon to give your metabolism a boost. Oh and it also has a good amount of protein! One cup provides you with 4grams of protein and since it has very few calories, is a great bed time snack.
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