Veggies with the Most Protein

For any vegetarians who might be worried about their total protein intake, try including these veggies to help keep your meals balanced!

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BY KATY LINDENMUTH

Vegetables aren’t typically known for being a great source of protein, but there are some sneaky ones out there that contain a decent amount—so we asked Emily Gilbert, R.D., for the best plant-based ways to get this essential nutrient.

Something important to keep in mind: “Plant proteins are ‘incomplete’ proteins, meaning they don’t contain all of the essential amino acids,” says Gilbert. To make sure you get the different types of amino acids you need, make sure to combine these veggies with whole grains.

Peas
Each half-cup contains three and a half grams of protein. Try them in this creamy fresh pea soup with mint.

Spinach
You’ll find three grams of protein in a half cup of spinach. Get your fill with one of these yummy spinach smoothies.

Baked Potato
Another stealth source of protein? Potatoes! A medium-sized one contains three grams. Need some fun topping ideas? Make these spinach- and goat cheese-stuffed baked potatoes.

Broccoli
Broccoli’s not just filled with fiber (2.6 grams per half cup)—it’s also a great source of protein, with two grams per serving. Up your intake by sampling one of our four favorite broccoli recipes.

Brussels Sprouts
These little green guys get a bad rap, but they’re actually nutritional superstars: Each half cup packs two grams of protein, along with 247 milligrams of potassium and 110 micrograms of vitamin K. Luckily for haters everywhere, we found these six new (and delicious) ways to eat Brussels sprouts.

Corn
OK, we know that corn is technically a grain. But you can find it in the produce aisle—and you’ll be glad to know that half a cup of kernels provides two grams of filling protein. Try this grilled corn with lemon-parsley butterwith dinner tonight.

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