10 Best High-Protein Vegetables to Add to Your Plate

Peas

As little as they are, peas are very healthy. One cup of them has almost 8 grams of protein. You can even make pasta and rice from peas, which are a great plant-based protein base for any meal.

Spinach

To get the most protein out of spinach, follow this tip from a pro: Make it. "5 grams of protein are packed into one cup of cooked spinach—less volume equals more protein," Spinach also has vitamins A, C, and K, iron, and calcium.

Sweet Potato

There are about 4 grams of protein in a cup of cooked sweet potato. But they were already a powerful food because they have a lot of fiber, which helps keep blood sugar in check, and are a great source of potassium, vitamins B6 and C.

Mushrooms

About 3 grams of protein are in a cup of cooked mushrooms. What a tasty and savory way to get extra protein for the day! Besides that, they give you selenium, which is good for your immune system, as well as B vitamins and potassium.

Corn

People often skip corn because it's called a "starchy vegetable," but Taub-Dix says that each cooked cup of those sweet, crunchy kernels has 5 grams of protein. "And besides giving your dish a lovely yellow color,

Beans

What about beans? Did you know that these plant-based staples meet three different food groups? There are three food groups in the food pyramid: the protein group, the carbohydrate/bread group, and the veggie group. Beans and other legumes can easily fit into all three.

Broccoli

Broccoli has about 3 grams of protein per cup when it is raw. Cooking it will make that serving size give you more protein. Don't just put these green vegetables in a stir-fry; think of other ways to use them.

Artichoke

Whether you like to use your teeth to scrape off the tasty flesh of a roasted artichoke or like to add it to a salad or pasta, this spring vegetable has about 5 grams of protein per cup cooked.

Brussels Sprouts

There are about 4 grams of protein in a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts. They also have a lot of fiber and vitamins C and K. You can enjoy this healthy vegetable in more than one way, not just by cutting it in half and baking or air-frying it.

Edamame

It's different from other plant-based proteins because it's a complete protein, which means it has all nine necessary amino acids that our bodies need but can't make themselves. This is "nearly an impossible task for a vegetable."