Even though all veggies are good for us, some vegetables have more protein than others!
March is National Nutrition Month, and while it's important for people to eat healthy during the month of March, it's also good to be conscience of what we eat every month.
We all know that vegetables are good for us and important to eat, but, how do we know the nutritional value of different veggies without a label? Here's the low-down about which vegetables have the most protein and why protein is good for us.
Why Is Protein Good For Our Bodies?
Protein is one of the most important components in and for our body. It's part of every cell, tissue, organ, hair, etc. Proteins help boost our immune system and aid in building muscle when paired with exercise. On top of protein keeping our body strong and healthy, it help our muscles grow and repair themselves. And, if you're looking to lose weight, adding protein in your diet through vegetables is one of the best things to do for body.
How Much Protein Do I Need?
There are always debates about how much protein we should actually eat. But, according to the Center for Disease Control, women ages 19-70+ should eat 46 grams of protein per day. This means that about 10-35% of your daily calories should come from protein.
Vegetables With The Most Protein
- Spinach - 49% protein - It can be a great addition to any dish. You can add it to a sandwich instead of traditional lettuce, or boil it and add it to pastas or meat dishes.
- Kale - 45% protein - Kale is the new up and coming leafy green. Even though it has a bitter taste, it has great benefits. Not only is the protein high, but one cup has 5 grams of fiber. Kale is a great addition to morning fruit smoothies.
- Broccoli - 45% protein - Broccoli is a vegetable staple. When we think of veggies, usually we think of broccoli. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it because we can agree it doesn't taste the best, but it's good for us so we love to eat it. Broccoli pairs great with meat dishes. Boil or sautee it, add a bit of seasoning and you're good to go!
- Cauliflower - 40% protein - Really? Yes, really! It's definitely an overlooked vegetable, but it should be incorporated more often! Similar to broccoli, cauliflower is easy to boil and add to any dish. Even though it has a bland taste, add a bit of salt and pepper with some olive oil and it can be a great addition.
Mushrooms, cucumbers and green peppers also rank high on the protein chain. Mushrooms contain 38%, cucumbers 24% and green peppers 22%.
Hopefully next time you're at the grocery store you'll think twice about which veggies you grab. They have more benefits than just an aid in weight loss!