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50 High Protein Vegetables – Essential List for Vegetarians and Vegans

High Protein Vegetables are amazing assets to good health and wellbeing – let’s take a look.

I have been thinking for a while that putting together a list of 50 high protein vegetables might be really beneficial, not only for myself to ensure my family eats super healthy but also for any other veggies or vegans out there worried they are not getting enough protein – we need to be sure their food cooked or raw contains the grams of proteins required per day.


High Protein Vegetables


What are High Protein Vegetables and why they matter

I am sure that you are aware high Protein vegetables are massively important to our diet. One of the most popular posts on this site is about a high protein vegetarian diet plan. It gets so many hits I know this a key issue – so I thought putting this list together for you might be really beneficial. 

High protein vegetables are simply those that deliver a substantial and significant protein hit. We need them in order to feel good it is as simple as that and as necessary as that.


Our story in relation to high protein vegetables 

I have been vegetarian for 39 years and love to cook. In fact  did you know that I actually  have my own food blog Eat Simply which is packed with veggie and vegan recipes ( lots of lovely drink options too and I love a salad!) 


High Protein Vegetables

Spinach Pancakes with Mushrooms and Eggs


Why do we need High protein vegetables in our diet?

Your body needs protein to stay healthy and work the way it should. More than 10,000 types are found in everything from your organs to your muscles and tissues to your bones, skin, and hair. Protein is also a critical part of the processes that fuel your energy and carry oxygen throughout your body in your blood. (source)

Veggies and vegans can struggle to get the protein they need as meat/dairy can be an easy source for it but veggies are not so clear cut – how much protein per cup do veggies bring? Most people are not so sure. but it is important to be clear about this and to get it right. Don’t take a chance on your health. 


High Protein Vegetables


They know veg is a great source of fiber but not so much how much protein they contain. High protein vegetables require our attention


Why I care so much about High Protein Vegetables

My daughter is a vegan and has been for about a year and a half.

Oh my goodness she is so strong about it and has been right form the start. Did I mention she was only 12 when she went vegan. What superb strength of character she has. We are a family of vegetarians so veganism was new to me. I see, as her mum, it is key for me to make sure she gets the full nutrition that she needs. I had to really educate myself around what constitutes high protein vegetables to ensure she got what she needed.

This is of course a labour of love I am innately proud of my daughter.


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High Protein Vegetables deserve celebrating!

We actually hosted her a one year vegan party  to celebrate vegan day which was such a lovely way to celebrate her and her principles and of course her love of High Protein Vegetables.


High Protein Vegetables

smoky aubergine soup


Why did I make a list of high protein vegetables?

As I have mentioned already  daughter is vegan and the rest of my family are vegetarian so protein from veggies is important, as their provider and cook and shopper I see this as a crucial issue to address. I guess it is the same for many veggie /vegans.

I have definitely felt a big upsurge in energy since I paid more attention to including high protein vegetables on my shopping list and in my recipes that is for sure. And I wanted to share it with you- my new found understanding  because I think it is so very important.

I do hope my list of high protein vegetables helps you feel healthier and stronger too.  You know you and your body deserve this nurturing and this consideration and it will undoubtedly improve your wellbeing. Self care is never selfish and the impacts of self kindness radiate far and wide



What tops the list of high protein vegetables?

From sweet corn to sweet potato, brussels sprouts to green peas it is time to look at upping protein content and make healthy eating packed with vitamins and high protein vegetables a priority especially for those on a vegan diet.

 So I have put together for you a list of 50 high protein vegetables to help you ensure you include them in your day to day diet to keep you healthy and well fuelled as you go about your busy life

I don’t know about you but I wasn’t all that clued up about what constituted high protein vegetables unit I started searching. 


High Protein Vegetables


Why do we need high protein vegetables and how much do we need?

Well I am not  a doctor so let’ s pop on over to healthline to see what they have to tell us about this.  

Most people already eat around 15% of their calories from protein, which is more than enough to prevent deficiency.

Do you get all the high protein vegetables that you need? 15% doesn’t sound like a tall order does it?

However, in certain cases, people can benefit from eating much more than that — up to 25–30% of calories. If you need to lose weight, improve your metabolic health, or gain muscle mass and strength, make sure you’re eating enough protein.


Are high protein vegetables good for weight loss?

They can be – following a high protein and low carb diet is a well established way to lose weight. My BF has had massive success slimming using high protein / low carb – have you tried this appraoch to losing weight?



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50 delicious tasty and healthy high protein vegetables


  1. Spirulina
  2. Alfalfa
  3. Brussel sprouts
  4. Broccoli
  5. Spinach
  6. Bok Choy
  7. Asparagus
  8. Leek
  9. Lima beans 
  10. Beansprouts
  11. Green Beans
  12. Watercress
  13. Sweetcorn
  14. Artichokes
  15. Cabbage
  16. Peas
  17. White Mushrooms – fancy a peak at my champagne risotto recipe which makes good use of mushrooms and makes a very fancy meal indeed!  
  18. Butternut squash
  19. Carrots
  20. Pumpkin leaves – we love to grow pumpkins in our garden!
  21. Chickpeas
  22. Borlotti beans
  23. Lentils oh I am a huge lentils fan – how about a lentil and veg hot pot? the perfect winter warmer and packed full of high protein vegetables too 
  24. Wild rice
  25. Quinoa
  26. Potatoes – yep really!
  27. Black beans
  28. Pinto beans
  29. Kidney beans
  30. Aduki beans
  31. Vine leaves
  32. Seaweeds
  33. Sundried tomatoes
  34. Soybeans
  35. Avocados
  36. Cauliflower – you can take a look at my beautiful recipe for vegan stuffed cauliflower here – delicious and perfect for Sunday lunch or Christmas! 
  37. Edamame beans
  38. Mung beans 
  39. Fava beans
  40. Collard greens
  41. Kale
  42. Okra
  43. Kohlrabi (turnips)
  44. Broadbeans
  45. Blackeyed peas
  46. Split peas
  47. Sweet potato
  48. Fenugreek
  49. Shiitake Mushroom
  50. Swiss Chard


High Protein Vegetables are simply fabulous aren’t they!

Ta-da – a full of list of high protein vegetables for you . I do hope you find it really useful and that it inspires your cooking I know there are were a couple of things on the list that i had never actually cooked with so that leads on to new culinary adventures. i think i might start with fenugreek – have you ever used this in your cooking?

I will report back when I have tried it! 

 I haven’t tried Bok Choy either so that is one for my shopping list too. Which of these veggies haven’t you yet tried?’


High Protein Vegetables


The High Protein Vegetables Based Vegan Cookbook

The high protein vegan cookbook is just what you need to cook up some great recipes with these delicious high protein vegetables 

High-Protein Vegan highlights the ins- and- outs of vegan protein including how to build muscle and lose weight, the best foods to eat to achieve a strong, healthy body and recipes for DIY seitan. With more than 125 protein-rich, plant-based recipes, McMeans proves that vegans don’t have to skimp on this important nutrient.


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My favourite high protein vegetarian recipe with high protein vegetables (you absolutely have to give this a try!)


high protein vegetarian recipe


I love this quesadilla as a quick lunch and it is packed with high protein vegetables it is also super tasty, inexpensive and delicious. the perfect lunch in  fact I think you will agree


Ingredients for your sweet potato and spinach quesadilla (stuffed with high protein vegetables)

1 high-protein sweet potato

2 tortillas

100g protein packed spinach

1 jalapeno chilli – chopped

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

1/2 garlic clove – crushed

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil




Take a look here for how to cook it  – it really is super simple. Anad actually I often find the best loved recipes often are. This one is well worth mastering. 


A closer look at high protein vegetables



Take a look at this little video to really expand your knowledge around which veg packs the best protein packed punch.


I do hope you have found this list of  High Protein Vegetables to be super useful and you include them in your recipes going forward. 


Further reading on high protein vegetables

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