10 Vegetables High in Protein
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Eating organic food is more nutritious. Accounting for nutrition includes having enough protein as part of your diet. Protein doesn’t have to come from an animal product. Ideally, you should get about 10 to 15 percent of your daily calories from protein sources. Below, we have listed 10 vegetables that are high in protein. Implementing any of these vegetables into your diet will provide you with the necessary protein amount your body needs.
Succotash is made up of both lima beans and corn. Both of these vegetables pack a protein punch on their own, so it isn’t surprising that succotash makes this list. While giving you 5 percent of your daily value of protein, this vegetable combination doesn’t increase your calorie count by very much. One serving of succotash only has 115 calories, 1 percent of your body’s requirement of water water and 24 percent your body’s daily requirement of carbohydrates.
#9 Green Peas
Load your plate up with a serving of green peas, because even though it has only 77 calories, it gives you 5 percent of the protein you need in one day. Looking at the other nutrients, peas give you 14 percent of your daily nutritional needs. Peas have no fat, and they have 81 percent of your daily value of water.
#8 Grape Leaves
Grape leaves are an excellent, nutritional source of protein. One serving treats you to 6 percent of your daily requirement of protein. The fat content of grape leaves is also low, at only 1 percent. This vegetable has 17 percent of your daily requirement of carbohydrates and 76 percent of your daily requirement of water.
#7 Dried Seaweed
Dried seaweed or sushi nori is an excellent source of protein. At 6 percent of your daily value, sushi nori makes a wonderful substitute for animal sources of protein. It’s higher in calories, with one serving giving you 306 calories. This vegetable contains 81 percent of your daily value of carbs and 13 percent of your daily value of water. This vegetable is fat-free.
Garlic is a little nutritional powerhouse. One serving has 149 calories and offers 6 percent of your daily value of protein. Other nutrients include 61 percent of your daily value of water and 33 percent of your daily value of carbohydrates.
#5 Baby Lima Beans
For the tiny size of baby lima beans, one serving gives you 8 percent of your daily value of protein. In addition, one serving clocks in at only 132 calories. When you have a serving of this veggie, you’re taking in about 25 percent of your daily value of carbohydrates and 67 percent of your daily value of water. This vegetable is also fat-free.
#4 Lentil Sprouts
Lentil sprouts are actually a legume. This is the same vegetable from which you make lentil soup. One serving offers you 106 calories and 9 percent of your daily value of protein. From this little legume, you get that much protein. Looking at other nutrients, you get 22 percent of your daily value of carbohydrate and 69 percent of your daily value of water.
#3 Winged Beans
Winged beans are an Oriental vegetable. These beans have four angled “wings” that run alongside the bean pod. One serving offers you 12 percent of your daily value of protein while it offers you 28 percent daily value of carbohydrates. One serving has 148 calories.
#2: Soybean Sprouts
Soybean sprouts are those long, thin white sprouts you see at the salad bar. They do more than just add crunch to your salad. This vegetable has 125 calories in one serving and 13 percent of your daily value of protein. You also get 9 percent of your daily value of carbs and 71 percent of your daily value of water.
#1: Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Our number one protein-packed vegetable is sun-dried tomatoes. One serving has 258 calories and 14 percent of your daily value of protein. You get 56 percent daily value of carbohydrates and 28 percent daily value of water.