Best Vegetarian Sources of Protein

Chia Seeds

chia seeds don't contain that much protein, they do contain all nine essential amino acids. Thanks to the seeds' blood-sugar stabilizing ratio of satiating protein

Soybeans

A mere half-cup of the stuff packs in 21 grams of protein. Another solid bet: dry roasted soybeans. With a half-cup serving up a whopping 18 grams of protein

Hemp Seed

Gaining recognition as a nutritional rock star—and for good reason. Studies suggest that hemp seeds can fight heart disease

Quinoa

Quinoa is higher in protein than most other grains, packs a hefty dose of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and is also a great source of fiber

Ezekiel Bread

Ezekiel Bread contains 18 amino acids—including all of the nine essential amino acids most other bread products can't claim.

Amaranth

Amaranth, a naturally gluten-free seed, is a good source of digestion-aiding fiber, as well as calcium and bicep-building iron

Hummus

Beans are high in lysine, and tahini is a rich source of the amino acid methionine. Individually these foods are incomplete proteins

Buckwheat

Every half-cup serving of this gluten-free seed packs three grams of protein, two grams of belly-flattening fiber  and half the day's 

Spinach

Maximize its nutrition by steaming spinach instead of eating it raw: That helps retain vitamins, facilitate absorption of calcium

Tomatoes

Decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, and reduce your chances of developing coronary artery disease

Guava

The tropical highest-protein fruit, guava packs more than 4 grams per cup, along with 9 grams of fiber and only 112 calories

Artichokes

Eating foods high in protein and fiber are key to turning off your body's hunger hormones. The artichoke is a double winner

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