Broccoli Has More Protein Than a Steak

We have all seen the fad diets and marketing schemes claiming that you need to eat copious amounts of meat in order to intake the protein your body needs; but the truth is that protein can only be produced in plants. Naturally, this makes plant protein far better for your physical and mental health than animal protein, which is often processed, filled with bad fats, and contains no fiber.

Plant protein is highly accessible, and you can even get your full dietary recommendation of protein in just a snack! Almonds, for example, have 7 grams of protein in just one cup, and edamame contains even more, with 8.5 grams per ½ cup. Peanut butter is also a great source of protein and energy, since as little as 2 tablespoons have 8 grams of protein.

If you prefer enjoying more filling meals, you are still in luck! There are plenty of hearty, protein-rich options in a plant-based diet, such as black beans and lentils. Both of these delicious, savory ingredients add nearly 9 grams of protein per ½ cup! Tempeh is another great source of protein, with 12 grams per cup, and it can be used flexibly in almost any meal. Quinoa and tofu are also extremely versatile ingredients, adding between 8-10 grams of protein per cup.

Fortunately, for those who prefer raw ingredients, do not have time to cook, or simply love veggies, there are multiple vegetables that can provide you with the protein you need! Green beans, asparagus, and broccoli each have 4 grams of protein per cup, and are full of multiple vitamins and fiber. Spinach is another great source, with 5 grams per cup, and artichokes are even better, with 4 grams of protein in only ½ cup!

Finally, even your favorite fall ingredients are full of protein! Pumpkin seeds, a seasonal must-have, yield 8 grams of protein in only ¼ cup; and oatmeal contains three times the amount of protein as brown rice, with added fiber and vitamins! Hemp and chia seeds can also easily be added to any fall-themed entree, beverage, or dessert, providing 13 grams per 3 tablespoons and 5 grams per 2 tablespoons, respectively.

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