At the beginning of May, we came to you with a list of 5 protein-rich plants to incorporate into your regular diets. As you would suspect, however, there are plenty of plants that would fit the bill for being described as “protein-rich.” It is for this reason, that we have decided to come back with another 5 protein-rich plants for you to incorporate into your daily diet. As we have mentioned in other posts, potential disruptions in the food supply chain as a result of COVID-19 can be an opportunity to explore new dietary habits and make some qualitative adjustments to what you are eating. While these five vegetables should not be treated as a complete replacement for meat, they can certainly help those who cannot eat meat, or simply do not have it available. Check out our list below for additional suggestions for protein-rich vegetables, and be sure to keep an eye out for 50 related recipes, that will help you incorporate these items into actual meal plans.
The first food that we wanted to talk about was tasty lima beans. Serving as a great addition to salads, stews, and soups, lima beans are also incredibly rich in protein, fiber, and magnesium, accounting for 23%, 37%, and 30% respectively for your suggested daily values.
Our next food is Sweet Corn: a tasty summertime food that is a crowd favorite for warm-weather get-togethers such as cookouts. Though sweet corn is a rich source of Magnesium and Fiber, it is also a great source of protein, with a 1-cup serving of corn accounting for 11% of your suggested daily intake value.
Brussels Sprouts avowedly make the list because of its 8% daily value of protein content per cup. However, the real star of the show is this veggie’s vitamin content. With a 107% daily value of vitamin C, as well as a 182% daily value of vitamin K, it is quite possible that brussels sprouts are some of the most vitamin-rich plants that you can get your hands on.
If you thought that the protein content of Lima Beans was too good to be true, check out its widely-appreciated friend, Edamame. While rich in common minerals such as Iron, Magnesium and Zinc, this bean’s primary nutrients are Protein, with a 37% daily value, and Vitamin K with a 34% daily value.
While asparagus has a reputation for being protein-rich, with a 6% daily value, this vegetable would seem to be a much richer source of Vitamin K, with approximately 46.6% of its daily value, per cup of asparagus consumed. In closing, we hope that you appreciate these 5 additional protein-rich vegetables. With there being so much to choose from out there, hopefully, you are able to find something that is suited to your needs, tastes, and lifestyle.