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5 Delicious Foods That Are Surprising Sources of Protein

When you think of protein, you typically think of a few commonly known items such as meat, eggs, nuts, or tofu. Sometimes, it gets boring if you rely exclusively on these common food items for everyday protein needs. So, here’s 5 delicious foods that are surprising sources of protein.

Artichoke hearts

Artichoke hearts actually have high protein. According to the nutrition experts, these fellows have about five grams of protein per cup. Add a cup of fresh or canned artichoke hearts into your pasta meal to give your dinner a healthy twist, or infuse them into a salad for a bit of crunchiness.


You heard it right! Seaweed is an often overlooked source of protein with two to nine grams per cup (it varies amongst varieties of seaweed). However, it takes quite a bit of seaweed to get to that one-cup threshold, or as puts it: "You’d have to eat 21 nori sheets to get the protein found in one 3-ounce chicken breast." If you don’t like the taste of seaweed, try crumbling nori sheets into salads or blended dips, like pesto, as a salt substitute.


Broccoli is a healthy vegetable that provides essential vitamins that are good for the body such as vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and potassium. It also provides bioactive nutrients that may help protect against cancer. Calorie for calorie, it’s high in protein compared with most vegetables as well it’s protein content is 33% of calories. One cup (96 grams) of chopped broccoli has 3 grams of protein and only 31 calories (Source: HealthLine).

Lean beef

Not a vegan but, need a source of protein? Lean beef is a great and delicious choice. It’s protein content is 53% of calories. One 3-ounce (85-gram) serving of lean sirloin steak contains 25 grams of protein and 186 calories. Plus, beef is very suitable for individuals or people that are on a low carb diet.

Ezekiel bread

Ezekiel bread is different from most other breads. It’s made of organic and sprouted whole grains and legumes, including millet, barley, spelt, wheat, soybeans and lentils. Compared with most breads, Ezekiel bread is high in protein, fiber, and various important nutrients. Protein content: 20% of calories. One slice contains 4 grams and 80 calories (Source: HealthLine).

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