Protein is a truly important aspect of every diet. It keeps you full and helps build muscles. Protein is found in bone, muscle, hair, skin, and virtually every body part and tissue. Adults are encouraged to get 10%-35% of their day’s calories from protein. That is about 46 grams for women and about 56 grams for men. Plant protein is often overlooked and underrated in diets. Below are some great options for incorporating plant proteins to your diet.
Green Peas – One cup has almost 9 grams of proteins.
Lentils – High in fat and low in fiber and one cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein. Try it in soups…..yum!
Broccoli – Your mom was right, eat your broccoli. It contains beta carotene, zinc, and selenium, which helps strengthen the immune system. One cup of cooked broccoli has about 6-7 grams of protein
Quinoa – Great on salads, soups, or as an oatmeal. One cup has nine grams of complete protein.
Hemp seeds – Rich in fatty acids including omega-3s. A 1 ounce serving has about 10 grams of protein.
Don’t forget to eat a protein at every meal!