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9 Unexpected and Veg-Friendly Protein Sources

We always place emphasis on how much protein we need, but sometimes it can be a struggle to fit into your diet. Meaty products may seem like your best bet for protein, but if you're following an animal-free food plan, you might not know where to start. Luckily, there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly foods that pack a hefty punch of protein. You probably already know about the benefits of beans and tofu, but there are a few foods on this list that just might surprise you.

  1. Spinach (one cup, cooked): 5.3 g
  2. Bulgur (one cup, cooked): 5.6 g
  3. Raw almonds (23 kernels): 5.9 g
  4. Frozen edamame (one-half cup): 6 g
  5. Sunflower seeds (one-fourth cup): 6.2 g
  6. Quinoa (one cup, cooked): 8.1g

Keep reading for three foods that all offer more than 15 grams of protein!

  1. Cottage cheese (four ounces): 15.5 g
  2. Greek yogurt (one six-ounce container, Chobani): 18 g
  3. Tempeh (3.5 ounces): 18.2 g

Which of these foods do you already eat regularly?

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