We all know of protein-packed foods such as meat and dairy, but can you name some plant-based foods rich in protein? The following are great options.
Chia Seeds contain 4 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons, plus an additional benefit of 11 grams of fiber! Add on top of your oatmeal, salads, or in your smoothies to pack in a little extra protein.
Green Peas offer 8 grams of protein per cup, as well as only 100 calories!
Leafy Greens, while popular for their vitamins and minerals, also contain 5 grams of protein per cup. Add these to smoothies, omelets, soups, or any stir-fry.
Quinoa, while containing 8 grams of protein per cup, contains all nine essential amino acids. This super grain is high in fiber and can be used in place of rice, pasta, or oatmeal!
Oat Bran contains 6 grams of fiber and protein per cup. This is an easy add-in to any of your favorite baked goods, yogurts, stews, casseroles, or oatmeals!
Whole Grain Pasta, less processed than white pasta, is packed with 25% of the recommended daily value of fiber and contains 8 grams of protein per cup. Use Whole Grain Pasta as an alternative to your typical white pasta.
Below are other plant based protein sources and their serving sizes. Enjoy!