Not eating meat these days? Not a problem! It’s easy to get all of the protein you need from plant foods.
How do you do that? The bottom line is variety. When you eat plenty of different kinds of foods, you’ll get a wide array and amount of amino acids (the building blocks of protein). This is crucial as your body requires all of those amino acids to assemble new protein.
Where do you get this protein power? Luckily there are plenty of great veggie protein sources. See below for a list of some of our favorite protein-packed veggie-forward foods!
1) Beans – 4 grams protein per ¼ cup
2) Tofu – 10 grams per ½ cup
3) Edamame – 5 grams protein per ¼ cup shelled
4) Peanut butter – 3.5 grams protein per 1 tablespoon
5) Greek yogurt – 23 grams protein per cup
6) Quinoa – 8 grams protein per cup cooked
7) Hemp seeds – 4 grams protein per tablespoon
8) Chia seeds – 4 grams protein per 2 tablespoons
9) Lentils – 9 grams protein per ½ cup cooked lentils
10) Nuts – average 6 grams protein per 1 ounce