Of course you don’t need meat to get serious protein in your meals. (Photo: Romulo A Yanes)
Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, so to entice you to get more greens on your plate, we thought it might be nice to point out that some veggies actually pack a big protein punch. That means vegans and vegetarians can get plenty of muscle-building nutrients—without consuming any animal products.
It’s what Daily Greens: 4-Day Cleanse author Shauna Martin swears by. She’s been on a plant-based diet for years and says it partially helped her recover from breast cancer.
“Folks always ask me what I do for protein,” she says. “I always explain that I drink a green juice every day containing a base of one of these three high-protein greens: spinach, kale, and broccoli.”
Here’s how much protein those greens and a couple more contain according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
Spinach: About 9 grams of protein per bunch.
Peas: About 8 grams of protein per cup.
Brussels Sprouts: About 3 grams of protein per cup.
Kale: About 2 grams of protein per cup.
Broccoli: About 2 grams of protein per cup when chopped.
Here’s a quick and easy spinach and strawberry salad recipe in case you want to get your greens now!
By Susan Yara
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