34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat

FREE Smoothies For Weight Loss Bundle

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already EatHere are 34 high protein vegetables that you probably already eat and didn’t realize were high in protein.

Growing up, I know most of us dreaded the days when we were forced to eat our veggies.

There’s no shame in admitting that.

In fact, I myself have fairly recently developed a love affair with my veggies which, interestingly, I’d never dare touch with a ten-foot pole back when I was still a young girl.

I never imagined that veggies would be so important to my diet until I suffered illness after illness and finally decided to start putting my health first for a change.

In other words, vegetables saved me from the spiralling health conditions that have plagued me for years.

But more than this, I have discovered that what you can get out of animal meat can also be obtained from vegetables.

Basically, I’m referring to proteins here.

And like what your doctor or fitness coach has told you before, it is this component in the diet that aids in the building and repair of body tissues.

Smoothies For Weight Loss With Background

FREE SMOOTHIE WEIGHT LOSS BUNDLE

For A Limited Time, Grab Your FREE 260+ Page Smoothies For Weight Loss Bundle So You Can:


* Shed your excess weight without cravings

* Triple your energy levels without coffee

* Get glowing, clear skin naturally

envelope
envelope

It is necessary for muscle building.

Although protein isn’t the most important macronutrient, for some reason the world seems to be obsessed with protein.

And you are interested in this otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this now, so I’m giving you what you asked for.

But I do have an ulterior motive.  If you start eating more of these veggies to get more protein in your diet, I know that you are going to massively increase the amount of micronutrients in your diet, which will have a much more positive impact on your health than simply consuming more protein.

I’m going to show you a list of vegetables that are high in protein content so you can add way more of them to your diet.

Because the fact of the matter is, there are so many vegetable varieties that are rich sources of protein so you will be spoiled for choice.

Benefits of Getting Your Protein from Vegetables

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; vegetables on farm

Before we head straight to the list, let me make a point on why you should make the shift from animal meat to vegetables for your daily protein fix.

First of all, high protein vegetables are not only rich in protein but also in vitamins, fiber and other essential nutrients.

This makes it easier for vegans—those who have chosen to follow a meat-less diet—to lose weight more efficiently, given that veggies are low in calories.

Additionally, vegetables help in lowering the risk of heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.

Frequent meat-eaters are found to be more prone to cardiovascular diseases, and consuming vegetables is one of the prescribed solutions to prevent these from developing.

Lastly, veggies are obviously more affordable than meat, which means you can cut down on your food budget by more than half.

34 High Protein Vegetables Ranked In Order (Highest To Lowest)

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; woman at marketplace buying vegetables

Not only is this list of vegetables 100% vegan but it is also a list of the most natural high protein, low fat foods available to man.

Ranked according to the highest protein content per cup serving, here are the veggies that made it to the list of “cream of the crop”—pun intended.

1) Spinach (cooked) – 5.35 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; spinach

2) Artichoke hearts (raw) – 4.8 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; plate of marinated artichokes

3) Asparagus (cooked) – 4.32 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; cooked asparagus

4) Corn (cooked) – 4.21 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Steaming hot cooked corn

5) Portabello Mushroom (grilled) – 3.97 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Fresh raw portobello mushrooms

6) White Mushroom (boiled) – 3.39 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; raw organic white mushrooms

7) Shiitake Mushroom (stir-fried) – 3.35 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Fried mushrooms shiitake with green onion on wooden background. Chinese food.

8) Okra (cooked) 3 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Green Organic Roasted Okra

9) Brussels Sprouts – 3 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Fresh Brussels sprouts

10) Potato (diced) – 3 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; potatoes

11) Onion (cooked) – 2.9 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; chopped onions

12) Cabbage (raw) – 2.6 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; cabbage

13) Kale (chopped) – 2.9 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Fresh raw green superfood kale curly cabbage leaves

14) Broccoli (chopped) – 2.6 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; cut fresh broccoli on cutboard

15) Cauliflower (chopped) – 2.1 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Closeup of hands with knife cutting fresh organic cauliflower

16) Sweet Potato (cubed) – 2.1 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Basket with sweet potatoes

17) Squash (sliced) – 1.4 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Pumpkin slices squash

18) Carrots (chopped) – 1.2 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Fresh raw carrots

19) Broccoli Rabe (chopped) – 1.3 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Broccoli Rabe  

20) Collard greens (chopped) – 1.1 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Raw Green Organic Collard Greens

21) Bok Choy (chopped) 1.1 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Cutting Boy Choi, bok choyNote that I have included different varieties of plant-based food to the list so you can have an idea how nutritious they can be as a replacement for your regular meat.

In this list, I focused on giving you a list that highlights commonly consumed veggies that you might not be aware you are already eating.

Think of all the possibilities if you get to eat them regularly either mixed together or individually.

That should explain why vegetables pack a punch just as much as animal meat does!

You might have noticed that there are only 21 items in the list above, not 34…

Don’t worry, I am going to complete the list below.  

I wanted to include the next section of veggies separately, and here’s why.

Are Beans, Peas and Legumes Vegetables?

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Bowls of various Collection set of beans and legumesBeans, peas and other legumes like lentils are considered to be high protein sources for vegans.   They also contain many other nutrients such as iron and zinc so they are often put in the protein group when it comes to categorizing food.

But what you might not know is that the USDA Food Patterns actually put legumes in the vegetable category because, just like vegetables, they are high in fiber and all other nutrients typically found in vegetables such as potassium, folate and calcium.

The USDA Food Patterns also say that legumes can be included in the protein foods group in addition to the vegetable food group.

So what does this tell us about beans, peas and other legumes?

That they are the most nutritious foods we could be eating, because they contain all of the nutrients contained in vegetables PLUS they are very high in protein.

So if you’re going to choose any vegetables to add to your meals, first start with legumes.

Please bear in mind though that legumes are much higher in calories than other types of vegetables such as leafy greens.

This means they are good to base a whole meal around because they will fill you up and give you amazing health.

If you eat legumes in addition to other types of food such as meat and dairy, you might find yourself gaining weight as you’ll be eating too many calories.

So with this in mind, I’m now giving you a bonus.  

High Protein Beans, Peas, Lentils And Other Legumes

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; various dried legumes in wooden spoonsI’m now showing you how much protein there is in legumes so you can include these in your diet along with some other veggies from the list above.

All of the following beans and pulses are cooked.

This is the amount of protein per cup.  As you can see, it blows the protein amount from the veggies above right out of the water!  

If you want more protein, this is where you should start.

22) Soy Beans – 31.3 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; soy beans

23) Edamame beans – 18.5 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Raw Green Organic Edamame Soy Beans

24) Lentils – 17.9 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Lentils grains food

25) Split peas – 16.3 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Raw Organic Yellow Split Peas

26) Pinto beans – 15.4 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Raw pinto beans in a metallic scoop

27) Navy beans – 15 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Raw Organic White Navy Beans

28) Chickpeas – 14.5 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Bowl with traditional Moroccan roasted chickpeas

29) Black beans – 14.2 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Organic Raw Dry Black Beans

30) Mung beans – 14.2 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Green Mung Beans

31) Kidney beans – 14.1 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Red kidney beans in a bowl

32) Cannellini beans – 12 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; White bean cannellini salad. Vegan salad. Diet menu

33) Lima Beans/ Butter beans – 11.6 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Lima beans

34) Green Peas – 8.2 grams

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Green PeasWhat I usually do is base my meals around legumes and then add other veggies to my plate to bring my calorie count up to where I want it to be.

Now I’m going to go into a bit more detail into explaining the protein in different food groups from the veggies list above.

Protein in Leafy Greens

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Healthy vegetarian dish, leafy salad with fresh chard, arugula, spinach and lettuce. Italian mix

Frontliners from this high protein vegetables group include spinach, kale and collard greens.

Perhaps you’ve been incorporating these leafy veggies in your meal prep either as a salad or as individual recipes that involve cooking and baking.

Spinach can be prepared stir-fried with garlic to make it palatable.

Kale, on the other hand, has been famously used to make kale chips.

It is a perfect way to consume kale minus the bitter, lingering taste.

Other recipes that make better use of these leafy greens include green smoothies.

If you want to know how to prepare a glass of this healthy, wholesome drink, you may check out my signature green smoothie recipes here.

Protein in Mushrooms

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; cutting mushroomsWhile most mushrooms are usually “just” included in recipes for an extra flavor and texture, know that these fungi veggies are actually rich in protein even when eaten alone.

There’s even research studies that say mushrooms may be eaten in place of meat and still beat your beef in terms of satiety.

So if you’re going for that snack of burger, you might as well substitute your ground meat patty with a huge cap of Portobello mushroom and still enjoy the same flavor, which can give you a feeling of fullness.

Other mushrooms can be prepared stir-fried with other veggies or as toppings for pasta.

I personally include mushrooms in all of my dinner recipes because they contain a very high amount of Vitamin B5 which is harder to get from other sources.

Protein in Fruiting Vegetables

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; hand with knife cutting bell pepperThese are technically fruits, but are categorized as veggies in meal preps.

If you’re already enjoying bell peppers and eggplant, you can rest assured that you’re also getting your dose of protein from these fruit-veggies.

Bell peppers give off robust flavors in dishes, and you can actually eat them alone as snack.  There is 1.5 grams of protein in a cup of raw red peppers.

Eggplant may have the least amount of protein compared to the rest in the list, but it’s 0.8 grams per cup serving isn’t something you’re likely to miss.

Avocados, while typically considered as fruits, are actually one of the high protein vegetables at 4.5 grams per cup serving.  Although you wouldn’t want to eat this much avocado because you’d be eating way too much fat.

You can either make smoothies out of these avocadoes or toss them sliced into your salads.

Protein in Root Vegetables

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; carrots and beets on wooden tableSweet potatoes, carrots and potatoes have all made it to the list of high-protein veggies, which just speaks a lot about root crops being packed not only with flavor but also nutrients.

Turnip contains 1.2 grams of protein in a cup serving (cubed), while beet is coming up at 2.2 grams per cup.

Radish contains 0.8 grams of protein.

You can incorporate these veggies in your everyday meals either baked, cooked or as salsas and side dishes.

Protein in Cruciferous Vegetables

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Various of Cabbage Broccoli CauliflowerThis group of veggies include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and watercress among many others.

But the ones that have made it to the top 21 are the highest in protein content.

All these veggies can be prepared stir-fried or mixed with fried rice slaws, fritters and soups, or you can even put cruciferous vegetables in a smoothie like this blueberry broccoli smoothie.

Protein in Squashes

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Pumpkin set in basket squashesZucchini / courgette, pumpkin, squash and cucumber are all in the same group of veggies that provides protein in considerable amounts.

Zucchini contains 1.5 grams of protein per cup serving, which is pretty good for such a low calorie vegetable.  Check out my zucchini bread smoothie here.

Pumpkin contains 1.2 grams or protein, while cucumber comes last at 0.34 grams per cup serving.  Check out my pumpkin smoothie recipe here.

Still, by incorporating them into your diet either as pickles, soup or juice, you can reap their protein benefits regularly.

Protein in Alliums

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Natural Organic OnionsOnions, garlic, shallots, leek and chives are all grouped into a family of veggies called alliums.

And don’t frown upon these spices because they have protein content of no less than 1 gram per cup serving.

So if you’re a garlic fan or an onion rings super eater, you can benefit from regular consumption of these protein-rich veggies.

Protein in Other Vegetables

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Basket with vegetables

Other runners-up include virtually the rest of veggies not mentioned in the list and in this article.

That’s because the amount of protein you can get out of each depends on how you prepared them and how much of the veggie is incorporated into the recipe.

Still, you can always rely on regular consumption to ensure that you get optimum protein dosage out of these veggies—whether leafy greens, root crops, alliums and cruciferous.

Protein In Leafy Greens

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat; Protein In Leafy Greens

Please feel free to share this infographic on social media or your website with a link back to this post.

5 Best Protein Shakes Resources

1
The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need

This guide to protein shakes will tell you everything you need to know about making healthy protein shakes. The truth about protein shakes is...

Continue Reading
2
How Much Protein Should I Eat? (And How Do Vegans Get Enough Protein?)

How Much Protein Should I Eat? (And How Do Vegans Get Enough Protein?)

I get asked this all the time, 'How much protein should I eat?'  This is also one of the most commonly asked questions for vegans ‘Where do you get your protein?  We are a nation obsessed with protein, and really there's no need, but since it''s on everyone's minds I’m going to break down exactly how much protein you really need a day and show you that Green Thickies contain exactly the right amount of protein.

Continue Reading
3
Which Is The Best Protein Powder, And Do We Need It At All?

Which Is The Best Protein Powder, And Do We Need It At All?

Today, I'm going to be answering the question, which is the best protein powder to use in our smoothie?This is a great question but it's not the ideal question.The question I think we should be asking is should we be using protein powder in our smoothies at all?

Continue Reading
4
20 Ways to Make Homemade Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

20 Ways to Make Homemade Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

20 ingredients to add to your smoothies to turn them into meal replacement shakes. I lost 56 pounds with homemade weight loss shakes. This works because...

Continue Reading
5
High Protein Shake Recipe Without Protein Powder

High Protein Shake Recipe Without Protein Powder

Today I’m sharing my High Protein Shake Recipe Without Protein Powder. This shake will help you put on muscle, while still losing weight and meeting all of your nutritional needs, giving you a crazy amount of energy that will propel you through your workouts. Today I’m going deep into the science behind my choice of ingredients so you can understand why each item in this smoothie is so powerful for your health.

Continue Reading

Click here to pin this for later

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat

Conclusion

This list of high protein vegetables should serve as your guide in case you’re planning to replace meat in your diet.

Not only these veggies can give you the protein your body needs, but they can also take care of the rest of the nutrients you can absolutely benefit from such as vitamins and minerals.

I personally eat a whole foods, vegan diet and I get about twice the amount of recommended protein just from whole plant based foods alone.

I hope you have also learned about the different categories of veggies according to appearance, but also know that they all work together to give you wholesome meals.

You just have to tweak your meal preps to favor more protein-rich veggies than solely meat.

If you liked this article, you might want to check out my article, 19 Best Plant Based Protein Sources: Complete Whole Foods.

And if you’re interested in getting whole, plant based protein into your diet in the quickest, healthiest way, you might want to consider starting to make my protein shake recipes.  You can get my complete guide to healthy, whole, plant based protein shakes by clicking here.

If you enjoyed this article, 21 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat,  please let  me know your thoughts in the comments.

Links:

Katherine Kyle @ Green Thickies

Founder at Green Thickies
Katherine lost 56 pounds and recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Green Thickies.
Read Katherine's inspiring comeback story, From Fat and Fatigued To Lean and Loving Life In 4 Months.
Send Katherine a message on Instagram, Facebook, or email here.
Here are 34 high protein vegetables that you probably already eat and didn’t realize were high in protein.You might be surprised at some of these!Click the link to read the full blog post.#greenthickies #vegetables #plantbasedprotein #veganprotein #proteinvegetables

Need A Quick Diet Plan For FAST Weight Loss?

My 7 Day Green smoothie Detox contains a complete meal plan showing you exactly what to eat every day you are on the detox. 7 Day Green Smoothie Detox bonuses With TextThe 7 Day Green Thickies Detox has helped THOUSANDS of women drop a significant amount of weight in just one week.  A lot of ladies manage to drop a whole dress size in one week by following this easy plan. Best of all, you'll barely spend any time in the kitchen, and you can even eat on the go if you need to.   This detox only contains natural ingredients you can buy locally.  These meals are very simple and quick to make, and they still taste deliciousClick here to start YOUR green smoothie detox and, 70% off the price and FREE bonuses today.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star

Speak Your Mind

*

FREE 260+ Page  Smoothies For Weight Loss  BUNDLE