How much protein do you eat daily? How much of your daily protein is plant-based?
I’m not here to talk about how much protein you are supposed to eat or what proteins are good and bad for you. (At least not today.) I get a lot of my protein from egg whites and the day’s lean meat of choice. I try not to rely on processed protein powder too much, though I have 1/2 – 1 scoop a day on a regular basis.
When I eat vegetables, I typically think I’m getting only nutrients and low calorie carbohydrates. I was surprised when I saw that a serving of Brussels sprouts had 7 g of protein. Not too bad!
Today, I encourage you to try and eat more plant-based protein. I’m not saying you should completely change your way of eating, but there are some benefits to getting more protein from the ground.
- It’s cheaper than buying meat (Cheaper is always great in my book!)
- It’s not processed like protein powders are
- Veggies are higher in fiber, and lower in fats
- No growth hormones to beef up your tomatoes
Take a look at this list, and see whether your favorite veggies pack a mean protein punch!
*All nutrition information taken from USDA food database