7 High-Protein Vegetarian Foods That Add A Healthy Charge To Your Workout
In conversation surrounding diet and fitness, we so often hear people talk about two things: proteins and carbs. But in both cases, most people are referring to meat proteins and grain or cereal carbs.
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that focus, there is definitely a need to incorporate some greens and legumes in your diet for overall health reasons. So if we’re going to be adding some diversity to our steak and potatoes, we may as well make sure they’re going to benefit our progress in the gym.
This blog is going to highlight some high-protein veggies and beans to add to a well-balanced, high-protein diet.
1. Quinoa; 8 grams of protein per 1 cup serving
It’s gluten-free. It’s iron-rich. It’s full of B-vitamins. It’s high in fibre. It’s one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein. It’s literally everything you want and need out of a food!
2. Hempseed: 10 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving
“Hemp seeds are high in nutritional value and contain 20 different varieties of amino acids and all nine of the essential amino acids.” – Via Seedguides.info
3. Corn: 5 grams of protein per 1 cup serving
Corn has the added benefits of antioxidants and being high in fibre.
4. Chia: 4 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving
Remember when chia was used to grow grassy hair on those odd clay heads? Well, it has other uses including being a nutritious food source that can be incorporated into all kinds of foods, such as smoothies, puddings, and breads.
“Chia is [also] a powerhouse of iron, calcium, zinc, and antioxidants…” via Bodybuilding.com
5. Hummus: 7 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving
Because hummus is so high in protein, it can mitigate hunger while lowering blood sugar levels. Plus, it’s the ultimate dipping condiment
6. Peanut Butter: 7.5 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving
Every lifter/runner/athlete is grateful for the benefits of peanut butter.
“A serving of peanut butter has 3mg of the powerful antioxidant, vitamin E, 49mg of bone-building magnesium, 208mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and 0.17mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6.” – Via Prevention.com
7. Lentils: 18 grams of protein per 1 cup
There’s a reason some call lentils the “perfect food”. Lentils lower cholesterol, improve heart health via magnesium, help with digestive health thanks to insoluble fibres, stabilize blood-sugar, increase energy and promote weight loss.