20 High-Protein Vegetables Even Meat-Lovers Love

True, you would have to eat more vegetables to gain the same amount of protein as a small piece of meat. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get protein from plants however. Quite the contrary. There are many vegetables that contain a notable amount of protein that anyone trying to up their intake should be aware of.

Eating a wide variety of plants has been shown to produce a diverse array of bacteria in the microbiome AKA the gut. There may be health benefits associated with this. We’ve discussed how gardening in general and getting your hands in the soil can improve mental health as well.

If that’s not enough reason to grow a garden consider how great of a resource it is to turn a renewable product such as seeds (you can regrow as many as you need) into an edible protein source. Turn one single, tiny seed into 100s of grams of protein. This could mean life or death when faced with a collapse-like scenario.

Without further ado, the following vegetables take the cake for plant-based protein sources. My absolute favorite is green beans, and just look at how much protein they contain!

These Vegetables Contain Protein

Amaranth Leaves

One serving has 2.79 grams of protein


Over 10 grams of fiber and 3.5 grams of protein.


2.16 grams of protein and only 20 calories per 6 spears

Bok Choy

2.65 grams of protein per cup.


About 2 grams protein per ½ cup serving of steamed broccoli.

Brussels sprouts

4 grams of protein per cup.

Butternut squash

One cup contains 1.84 grams of protein.


1.14 grams of protein per ½ cup serving


1.25 grams of protein


Over 4 grams of protein per ear


1 gram of protein per serving

French green beans

12.48 grams of protein per cup (and over 16 grams of fiber!)

Green pepper

One small pepper contains about 0.6 grams of protein.


2.47 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.

Lima bean

14 grams of protein and 13 grams fiber per cup


3 grams of protein per serving


2 grams of protein per cup


9 grams of protein per cup


More than 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving

Sweet potatoes

2.29 grams of protein per serving. They also contain Vitamin A and plenty of antioxidants!

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