If you’re looking to bulk up the protein in your diet the plant-based way, there are several high-protein options that come straight from mother Earth. Though these foods offer nearly as much protein ounce-for-ounce as a hamburger (which provides about 7 grams of protein per ounce), keep in mind that most plant-based proteins are incomplete, meaning they don’t provide the total amount of essential amino acids to create a complete protein. To offset this imbalance, most plant-based proteins need to be combined with other foods (usually grains) to create complete proteins. The CDC indicates adult men need about 56 grams of protein a day, and adult women need about 46 grams a day. Check out the protein amounts in these plant-based foods, and see just how easy it is to meet these nutritional requirements without consuming meat or dairy.
Black Beans 1 of 7
Tofu 2 of 7
Lentils 3 of 7
Artichokes 4 of 7
Chickpeas 5 of 7Commonly used in hummus and soups, chickpeas are a protein powerhouse. Try sneaking pureed chickpeas into your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for added plant-based protein, and tons of great texture. Find the nutritional breakdown by serving for chickpeas at Fat Secret.
Feta and Chickpea Salad
Broccoli 6 of 7
Brussel Sprouts 7 of 7A single cup of brussel sprouts provide nearly 3 grams of protein in a single meal. All you gotta do is find a way to cook them right, and you're in protein heaven! Fat Secret.
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