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Top 6 Vegetables For Protein Content

21.10.2014

When we say protein, most people think of meat. However, vegetables can be a great source of protein with less saturated fat and greater dietary fibre – research has shown that a steady intake of varied veggies help to lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.

 

 

So why is protein so important in our diet?

To put in plainly literally every function of your organs, cells and whole body is controlled by proteins. These proteins are all made within the body which have ultimately come from foods. From your muscles, to hair and nails, to metabolism, your immune system, bones, quality of blood is all contributed to depending on your protein intake.

Please note that plant proteins, unlike animal proteins contain only some of the nine essential amino acids we only get from our diet to feel at our best. So in order to look after your health, consume a vast and varied array of vegetables and combine these with protein foods in order to ensure you accommodate your entire nutritional intake.

 

But in order to boost your protein levels through your veggies, these are the top 6:

1. SOYA BEANS   

Soya beans happen to be the best source of vegetable protein available – they contain all 9 of the essential amino acids our bodies are unable to produce without food and each cup contains 29g of protein. Not a widely used ingredient – but the numbers speak for themselves!

 

2. SPINACH   

A single serving of spinach can contain up to 13g of protein – enough to keep you full and satisfied for hours! Spinach is also incredibly versatile and easy to incorporate within many meals – check out our recipes with spinach here.

 

3. BROCCOLI   

With up to 5g of protein per serving, broccoli is also packed with dietary fibre – a bonus! Check out all of our recipes for ideas on how to incorporate this beneficial veggie into your diet. Simply click here.

 

4. CAULIFLOWER   

Cauliflower, a cousin of broccoli isn’t too far behind in the protein stakes – containing 3g per serving. Click here to view our recipes containing cauliflower.

 

5. BRUSSELS SPROUTS   

With one cup of brussels sprouts containing 3g of protein, known not to be everyone’s favourite, these veggies are worth the effort of incorporating into a delicious dish and can be made delicious even for the pickiest of eaters. We have a snack idea including Brussels sprouts here but they can also simply be roasted in a splash of olive oil, a sprinkling of salad and a chopped clove of garlic – delicious to accompany any main meal!

 

6. SWEET POTATO   

Sweet potatoes are an excellent alternative to potatoes, containing more fibre, Vitamin A and potassium – sweet potatoes have on average 3g of protein. Check out our sweet potato infused recipes here.

 

Some fruits can also give significant improvements to your health and wellbeing - check out our top 10 here

When it comes to disease-fighting potential, it doesn't just come down to the protein content. Here we have 6 of the best vegetables to guard your overall health. Simply click here to find out what they are. 

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