Vegetables You Didn't Know Were Protein-Rich

Vegetables You Didn't Know Were Protein-Rich

The vibrant world of vegetables is often synonymous with health and vibrancy, but what about protein? For many, veggies may not be the first food item that comes to mind when seeking to increase protein intake, but some of the most common vegetables pack quite the protein punch. In this extensive exploration, we'll unveil the surprising protein content of five veggies, perfect for fitness enthusiasts, health-conscious individuals, and vegetarians looking to up their protein intake.


Peas are not only a delightful addition to many dishes but are also a surprisingly rich source of protein. With about 5 grams of protein per 100 grams, peas offer a significant protein boost, especially for their size.
Peas are highly versatile and can be enjoyed in numerous ways. In fact, they are the star ingredient in many new meat-alternative products on the market due to their impressive protein content and the array of essential vitamins they provide.
You can try delicious garlic snow peas in our vegan meals next week: Chickpeas Daal and Falafel Burger. You can also find them in our Keto, Power, Pro Athlete and Clean Bulking Meal Boxes.


Often thought of as a starchy side, corn is not just a carbohydrate hero. With about 3.5 grams of protein per 100 grams, corn offers a good protein content for a vegetable, making it a valuable addition to meals–especially in the summertime when this sweet, golden veggie is most abundant.
You can enjoy a tasteful Mexican corn salad in our lean muscle meals next week: Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast, Taco Beef and Goulash. You can also eat it in our Low Carb, Power, Pro Athlete and Clean Bulking Meal Boxes.


Spinach proves that big things come in small packages, with approximately 2.9 grams of protein per 100 grams. This leafy green may not seem as robust as its vegetable counterparts, but its protein content is nothing to shrug off.

With a mild, slightly sweet flavor, spinach can be incorporated into various meals without overpowering the dish. Not a fan of salads? No problem. Check out our spinach cream in our Low Carb Orange Chicken.


Holding its own in the protein game, broccoli offers around 2.8 grams of protein per 100 grams, proving that it's more than just a fiber powerhouse. This cruciferous vegetable is well-loved for its cancer-fighting properties but is often overlooked for its protein content.
Fortunately, broccoli's unique texture and flavor profile allow it to pair splendidly with a wide variety of seasonings and cooking methods. Serve it as a side, stir-fry with a protein source of your choice, or blend into a velvety soup for a delicious protein-enhanced meal. We have broccoli in all of our meal boxes.


The humble potato, often a beloved comfort food, contains a modest 2 grams of protein per 100 grams--a fact that might surprise many. While it's not the highest on our list, potatoes are an excellent source of quality protein for a vegetable.
From russets to sweet potatoes, you can enjoy your protein-packed spuds in numerous ways. Bake them, mash them, or slice and roast for a crispy, satisfying side dish. Our Vegan Tacos come with a generous portion of sweet potato wedges so you can guarantee the protein intake you desire.

Honorable Mentions

While these five vegetables lead the pack in terms of protein content, it's important to note that various other veggies contribute to our protein needs in their own right. Legumes such as chickpeas, lentils, and various types of beans are incredibly high in protein and are also counted among vegetables in a broader sense. Sold fresh, dried, or canned, incorporating more legumes into your diet is a surefire way to increase your protein intake.
Vegetables like asparagus, artichokes, and brussels sprouts also contain respectable amounts of protein, indicating that a diverse, plant-centric diet can provide the necessary amino acids to meet one's dietary needs.

The Power Protein Plate

Including these protein-rich vegetables into your diet is not only beneficial for health and satiety but also for broadening the scope of your culinary experiences. Combining a variety of protein-rich vegetables with complete proteins from other dietary sources, such as grains and nuts, ensures that your body receives all the essential amino acids it needs to thrive.

To enjoy these vegetables in a truly flavorful way, consider including them in a balanced meal from Power Kitchen, where our chefs consistently create innovative, high-protein dishes. From Orange Chicken with Spinach Cream to a Mexican Corn Salad served with Adobo Chicken Thigh, each of our entrees offers not only a delicious meal but a nutrient-dense experience. Don't miss our vegan options, like Chickpea Daal or Vegan Taco, which offer delectable ways to savor the nutritional benefits of protein-rich vegetables like sweet potatoes and peas.

At Power Kitchen, we're committed to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals without compromising on taste or variety. With our rotating menu, you'll never get bored, and with our spotlight on vegetable-based protein, you can be sure your body is fueled by the best nature has to offer.

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