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Protein is essential to our bodies. In fact, proteins are called the building blocks of life. They are play a critical role in the functioning of organs, blood, muscles, bones, skin, body chemicals, and help us repair and create cells. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average man needs 56 grams of protein each day, and the average women needs 46 grams. It is also important to know, that your body does not store protein, and the more active you are, the more protein your body needs.
There is no question that it is important to have a diet containing enough protein to keep your body healthy, but which foods should you reach for? If you said meat and dairy products, you are not alone. When most people think of protein, they immediately think of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and milk. Well, you might be surprised to learn that many vegetables actually are protein-rich. Some even contain more protein than meat. Here are some plant-based foods that are filled with protein.
- Black beans- These little beans contain 15 grams of protein in one cup (and as an added bonus, they are great for your heart- containing lots of fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6).
- Lima beans- Mama was right when she made you eat all your lima beans. They contain an amino acid that is important for muscle health, and pack a whopping 15 grams of protein per cup.
- Almonds- One fourth of a cup of almonds contains 6 grams of protein. They also are a great source of vitamin E and magnesium.
- Quinoa- With 8 grams of protein per cup, these tiny seeds have as much protein as a cup of milk. They also are great for controlling your blood sugar.
- Edamame beans- These beans are not only fun to eat, but contain 18 grams of protein per cup.
- Chickpeas- Smash these up and make a fiber and protein filled hummus dip. Chickpeas contain 6 grams of protein for every half cup.
- Chia Seeds- Sprinkle these little seeds over your greek yogurt or add them to your smoothie. Just 2 tablespoons will give you 6 grams of protein, which is the same amount of protein as an egg.
Want to learn more? Visit Prevention.com for more plant-based foods high in protein.
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